How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding

Contractor cleaning algae and mold from vinyl siding of a customers home.

Vinyl siding is an excellent building material – durable, resilient, and versatile. It is because of these characteristics that it has become the leading exterior cladding in Canada and it’s not going to give up its throne anytime soon. While it doesn’t require your weekends for cleaning, it still deserves occasional care from you. Unfortunately, despite its popularity, many homeowners still do not know how to properly clean their vinyl siding, or keep them clean, for that matter.

Because your vinyl siding is part of your home’s exterior, as you can expect, it can be a host to a buildup of dirt, grime, and stains that can come from anything, from dust and spider webs to bird droppings, and more.

It’s a really good thing that vinyl siding is fairly easy to clean. There are also an array of products that you can use to help remove tougher stains. This blog post is intended to help you learn how to clean your vinyl siding the right way.

The best way to clean your vinyl siding is by using a soft cloth or a brush with soft bristles. To reach the higher parts you can opt for brushes with long handles. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top to avoid streaking. Another thing to remember is that you should be thorough when you rinse to prevent leaving any residue.

If you are looking for a greener cleaning solution to use for your vinyl siding, you can mix 70% water and 30% white vinegar in a pail. This can easily remove light stains from mold and mildew. If you need a stronger solution, you can try a mixture of 1/3 cup laundry detergent, 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner, 1/4 laundry bleach, and a gallon of water.

There are also some commercially available household cleaners that you can use on tough dirt. If there are any rust stains, you can use products that are specifically formulated for this purpose.

Whatever cleaning solution you choose, make sure that you avoid cleaners with undiluted chlorine bleach, organic solvents, nail polish remover, liquid grease remover, or furniture polish removers. These may be damaging to the surface of your vinyl siding. Also make sure you do not use abrasive brushes and scrubbers like steel wool as they can be damaging, too.

Are you already enjoying the benefits of vinyl siding? If not, do call us at George Kent Home Improvements and we can install the highest quality vinyl siding for your home!

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