Vinyl siding is the most widely recognized material that has captivated the attention of homeowners by its reliability and beauty. It is easy to install, create a completely new design, and pick a vivid color from an array of options. Also, vinyl is easy to care for and does not require frequent repair or replacement. However, to obtain all benefits, it is still vital to be aware of how to clean vinyl siding properly to avoid its damage.
How to clean vinyl siding: care and maintenance tips
If you want your cladding made looking good for years, it requires simple but regular care and the use of the right vinyl siding cleaner, tools, and methods. Start from inspection and assess the level of dirt that your panels have already accumulated and other problematic spots such as greenery, staining, soot marks, moss or fungus growth. Thus, you can pick the approach that will help to get rid of these imperfections to be sure your house is still eye-pleasing and has not lost its curb appeal and value. If checking your exterior walls, you’ve noticed structural damage or hardly-removed visual flaws, consider investing in a new home renovations project.
Remember that every facade material, whether it is wood, fiber cement, or aluminum siding, needs to be handled differently to keep it looking great. Exterior made of vinyl panels delivers outstanding beauty. However, it is the most fragile option. So, noticing any mud and debris on the surface, it must be washed really carefully to avoid its destruction. The first piece of advice is to apply a regular garden hose. If you do not ignore the first signs of dirt, then such a simple washing strategy will be quite effective. And you will not need to buy any expensive cleaning products, powders, detergents.
But if you are faced with persistent and stubborn dirt on your horizontal vinyl panels or vertical siding, then you have to use a soft bristles brush or a sponge and a mild detergent intended specifically for this material type. Also, you must not forget that mold is the biggest enemy of vinyl siding. To eliminate mold and mildew, use special solutions, which you can buy at the store, or apply a DIY approach (mix 70% water and 30% white vinegar). To fight the fungus, you can use a solution of bleach, so the facade will keep clean for longer.
How to clean vinyl siding with a pressure washer?
The pressure washer is a highly-functional device for dealing with plaque and grime on different surfaces, giving them a fresh, new look. Whether you’ve purchased your own pressure washer or rented it, it is undoubtedly a powerful tool for getting rid of gathered substances of grime and harmful particles that destroy vinyl. Here are crucial recommendations on the process:
- before using such a tool, always read and follow the instructions;
- use the correct nozzle for washing, especially when it comes to breakable vinyl cladding;
- always start spraying your façade from a distance;
- prepare the working area, and remember that safety comes first.
If your vinyl siding looks displeasing and has lots of defects, you’ll definitely need an intensive pressure washer session. Be sure to adjust the pressure to a lower level to avoid accidentally damaging the panels. It is recommended to direct the jet from top to bottom to avoid staining, water drips, and uneven drying out. To fight soot, you need to use the appropriate commercial vinyl siding cleaner free from abrasive components that can cause cracking and harm the integrity of the siding. Apply a solution on the surface for about 5 minutes, and then wash it off with a jet of water. A pressure washing procedure doesn’t require special skills. However, if you are not sure that can cope with this objective, it will be enough to use a mop with a long handle and multi-level wash brush head for hard-to-reach zones.
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