How to Clean Vinyl Siding

How to clean vinyl siding

One has to be careful in cleaning vinyl siding. It is more than just getting a bucket of soapy water, a garden hose and splashing all that water on the material. One has to take some precautionary steps to avoid damage to the material.

Vinyl siding is a decorating material used to cover building exteriors. It’s a popular product used in the US.

Vinyl is a popular choice because it is cost-efficient compared to painting or other decorative materials such as aluminum or fiber cement siding.

Apart from its cost-efficiency, another factor that makes Vinyl a favorite choice for most US homeowners is the fact that it is weatherproof, and the colors don’t fade.

Moreover, there’s no cause for stress that accompanies exterior renovation- scraping, patching, priming, and painting.

Although most vinyl sidings are expected to last up to 25 years, natural weather and climatic conditions could dictate something else. So, after 10-15 years of installation, you may begin to observe wear and tear because of its reaction to the climatic condition.

Just like other exterior decorating materials, over time, it becomes impacted by both physical and natural elements. It could be dust as a result of heavy wind or stains by molds or mildew caused by moisty impacts on the material. Mildew grows in parts of the house, not exposed to sunlight.

 If these natural elements don’t bring the hard stains, spider web, and insect droppings and create annoying debris on the material. Worse still, artificial stains such as oil, grease, among others, cause stain on the material. This contact leaves behind a host of dirt, grimes, and stains.

So, you’ll be faced with the task of cleaning your vinyl sidings. If the area laced with Vinyl sidings is not too wide, you can do the cleaning by simply observing some D-I-Y steps in this post.

However, before you decide to follow the D-I-Y steps here, you need the following tools to clean your Vinyl Sidings.

Things You Need to Clean Your Vinyl Sidings

  •  ⅓ cup of Vinyl cleaning detergent
  • ⅔ cup of Trisodium (such as Soil Max)
  • One quart of 5% Sodium Hypochlorite (such as Clorox bleach)
  • Three quarts of water
  • Soft cloth
  • Long, soft-bristle brush
  • Hose/ buckets of water
  • Caulk and Caulking gun
  • Duct tape

If you have gotten these things, then you need to observe the following safety precautions before cleaning your vinyl sidings.

Safety Tips to Observe before Cleaning Your Vinyl Sidings

  • Check for allergic chemicals

It’s important for you to carefully read the labels of the cleaning chemicals. You need to check if you are allergic to any of the chemicals you are going to use to clean Your Vinyl sidings

  • Wear Protective Clothing

You don’t want the mixture to enter your eyes as you are washing your vinyl sidings. So, you need to wear protective goggles for your eyes. Also, wear cover shoes with firm grips to prevent slipping. Wear a face mask, so you won’ breathe in fumes from cleaning chemicals.

  • Close all openings and switch off electricals

Before you start washing your Vinyl sidings, close all windows, doors, and any open spaces. Also switch off your electrical connections

  • Protect your environment

You need to cover your landscaping and any flower pots around. It may not be advisable for cleaning chemicals to touch them as it may kill them. Also, take away all pets and children. Put all your stuff indoors. 

Ways to Clean your Vinyl Sidings

You have to mix your cleaning solution. Pour the ⅓ cup of Vinyl cleaning detergent, ⅔ cup of Trisodium (such as Soil Max), One quart of 5% Sodium Hypochlorite (such as Clorox bleach) into Three quarts of water. Then stir until it begins to foam.

Use duct tape to cover parts of the immovable parts of the wall. If there’s an open hole that needs to be closed up, caulk the area using a caulking gun.

Dip the soft, bristle brush into the water.

Depending on the area of the surface needing cleaning, ranging from a tiny 100 square to 13000 square, you can follow any of the steps below to clean your Vinyl Sidings:

  • Clean your vinyl sidings by hand

Identify a small section to work, preferably, a 5×5 feet area. 

Test your cleaning solution on the area to ensure it can clean the affected area. If it works, then dip the cloth in the cleaning solution, slowly and gently start scrubbing the affected part. 

It’s good to start cleaning from bottom-up. This way, you won’t have to mistakenly streak them. 

I know you want to get rid of the stubborn grime and stains but be gentle with your cleaning. Too much pressure on your Vinyl sidings could break them (and you don’t want that!).

Rinse with clean water from top to bottom as you clean upwards to prevent uneven drying and ugly spotting.

  • Use a Pressure Washer

Although it’s easier and less stressful to wash your Vinyl sidings using a pressure washer, most Vinyl sidings manufacturers do not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your Vinyl Sidings. This is because the pressure from the pressure washer could negatively impact the Vinyl Sidings, leaving cracks and sending water back scenes, which can lead to bigger problems.

However, you can still use a pressure washer to clean your Vinyl Sidings.

You just have to take the following precaution:

Hold the pressure washer at eye’s length: this way, you are able to directly hit the grime or death.

Don’t point it too close: You can’t remove the stubborn grimes by pointing the pressure washer too close. It may lead to damaging your Vinyl sidings. 

Don’t point the pressure washer upwards: Pointing the pressure washer upward could lead to unwanted storage of water behind your sidings, which could cause bigger damages in the long run.

Bottom Line

If the length of the wall Vinyl sidings is more than what you can handle, you should get the services of a professional cleaning agency to handle it.

There’s a limit to what your D-I-Y methods can do, and that’s where the professionals come in handy.

Molds and Mildew can hide in areas you can’t imagine, but they won’t escape the eyes of pros trained for their removals.

If you’re also in need of professional siding installation, repairs, or replacement, contact #1 Siding contractors in Austin, TX.


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