Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking Like New
Of all your siding options, vinyl is certainly the easiest to maintain. You only need to wash and inspect it about once a year. Generally, it is touted as being maintenance free; however, there are several factors you will need to consider for the future.
Wash it annually
Keeping it clean on a regular basis will keep you from scrubbing it harder
when it becomes caked with dirt.
Cleaning vinyl siding is a snap with the right tools. If your siding isn't in need of scrubbing, spraying it with a hose can wash away the dirt and grime that has accumulated throughout the year. If you need a cleaning solvent, some ordinary dish soap or laundry detergent mixed with water will do the trick. Where there are troubled areas, such as mildew, a mild solution of 1 quart of bleach, ¾ gallons of water and a small amount of detergent. Scrub the areas with a soft-bristled, long-handled brush.
If scrubbing with a brush is going to be too much work, you can wash your siding with a power washer, which can be rented at your local home improvement store or other equipment rental business. Most homes can be pressure washed with a 2200 psi or higher washer.
To wash, follow these simple steps:
Turn off all power to the outside lights that may get wet.
(also see our vinyl siding guide)
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