Basic Guidelines for Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding makes caring for your home easier with less maintenance on your home. However, at some point, you will be confronted with the task of cleaning it. It is not that difficult, but it will definitely take a good deal of your time. Doing this on your own will save you money, and will be a good way to evaluate the condition of your vinyl siding at the time of cleaning.
Cleaning vinyl siding is usually done with a pressure washer or a power washer. You can buy one, or if possible rent one since they can be quite expensive. When cleaning vinyl siding, use a mild soap or detergent. There are many detergents or cleaning solutions that have additives to help prevent problems such as mold or mildew.
Wear safety equipment like eye protection and gloves prior to the cleaning of your vinyl siding. It is always better to be safe when working with high pressure. Watch out for windows and doors during pressure washing. It is advisable to properly seal these areas so that water does not get inside the home. Be careful as well not to hit the ground as this might kick up dirt back on to your sidings, and will mean a lot more work for you.
When cleaning vinyl siding, make sure to start at the upper most portion and then move down to the lower sections of the structure. Doing so will ensure that you will be doing your cleaning in a smooth and organized manner and the water will fall from top to bottom. You won’t have to go back and forth with your cleaning.
Cleaning vinyl siding with green stains can be done by using a solution that contains oxalic acid and hot water. The granules for this acid can be bought at hardware stores. A ¾ pound of the acid granules mixed with a gallon of hot water would be ideal mixture. With your rubber gloves on and using a sponge, apply this solution on the stain and let it stay for around five minutes. After which, you may then scrub it off with the sponge or a non-abrasive cloth. Repeat the process as necessary.
Using a solution of bleach and water will do the trick when treating mold stains. For rust stains, there are special detergents available in the market today, specifically applicable for use in cleaning vinyl siding. Read the instructions carefully, and follow as per directions.
Cleaning vinyl siding by pressure washing and with the appropriate cleaning solutions will help keep these in good condition. By doing so, your vinyl siding will begin to look clean and new again.