One of the best features of vinyl siding is its low maintenance requirements. However, “low maintenance” doesn’t equate to “set and forget;” you will still need to clean your vinyl siding once in a while. Siding contractor Better View Windows and More recommends making your vinyl siding part of your spring cleaning routine. Here are our cleaning and maintenance tips:
Clean When There’s Absolutely No Frost
Vinyl siding only requires a good wash and some light scrubbing. Washing it while there’s some frost on the ground may result in slight frost formation on the siding surface. If this the case, wait until everything is fully thawed. The runoff from the wash may also freeze on the ground, which could damage the landscaping.
Follow Proper Cleaning Procedures
To make your vinyl siding cleaning solution, simply mix a quarter cup of dish soap for every four gallons of water. Start by hosing off an area at the time to remove loose dirt and debris. Avoid getting water under the siding by hosing downwards, perpendicular to the face of the siding. Your vinyl siding would be mostly clean at this point, but you should still scrub those tight spots. Wet your brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the remaining dirty areas. Rinse using a hose. Make sure you wipe the water off the glass panels on the entry doors and windows to avoid water spots.
Inspect Your Siding for Mold and Mildew
Once you’ve cleaned your siding, inspect it for signs of mold and mildew, as well as stubborn stains. Mold and mildew can be cleaned using off-the-shelf window cleaning solutions, or you can use a mixture of 30% white vinegar and 70% water.
Do Not Use a Power Washer
Vinyl siding usually comes in molded-in colors, but certain products may have factory-applied finishes. Using a power washer on vinyl siding can strip it of its outer coating. This kind of damage won’t likely be covered by the warranty, so to be on the safe side, just clean your vinyl siding as we described above.
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