3 Tips for Cleaning the Siding on Your Home

Vinyl siding is a very popular material for house exteriors, as it is both durable and fairly easy to maintain. It does, however, require regular cleaning in order to look good and perform well for many years. While having a professional handle that task is convenient, it may cost more than some homeowners care to spend. If you choose to do it yourself, here are 3 tips for cleaning the siding on your home:

1. Prepare in advance. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes, along with rubber gloves and safety goggles. Remove outdoor furniture and other objects around the home’s exterior, and close all doors and windows. Turn off lights and cover them with plastic secured with duct tape. Work on a cloudy day so the sun doesn’t lead to spotting. Create a cleaning solution in a large bucket, using 70% water and 30% vinegar. Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners that can harm the siding, including chlorine bleach, paint thinner, and furniture cleaner. If your home needs extra deep cleaning, use a commercial wash that’s safe for siding.

2. Apply the wash to a small (6-8 foot) vertical section of the siding from the bottom up with a soft-bristled brush or soft cloth, and rinse with a garden hose from the top down to avoid streaks. Move to the next small section and repeat.

3. Don’t use abrasive scrubbing materials that can damage the siding. If you have spots of mildew or grime to remove that aren’t coming off with the wash, try rubbing them with a baking soda paste on a soft cloth before rinsing.

If you’re not sure which products are best to use, contact the siding manufacturer for additional information regarding your home’s specific product. You don’t want to void your warranty by using the wrong cleaning products or techniques on your home.

For more information, please contact:

Alexander Lumber

160 South Loves Road

Cortland, IL 60112