Vinyl siding is, by far, the most popular exterior cladding option across the country today according to the National Association of Home Builders. And given the durability, versatility, and affordability of this material it’s easy to see why so many homeowners are embracing this fairly new material development as their home’s entire exterior coating. It’s worth remembering, however, that despite all of its strength and resilience, even the toughest vinyl siding installation will need the occasional cleaning service to keep it looking and performing its best. Luckily, vinyl siding cleaning is often just as easy a process as choosing vinyl siding in the first place and with this simple guide homeowners with even the most fundamental DIY experience can enjoy professional quality results from their vinyl siding cleaning in just a few hours work.
The vast majority of the dirt, grime, mold, and mildew which accumulates on vinyl siding can be eliminated with some patience and basic cleaning supplies but before any of that work actually gets underway it’s absolutely worthwhile for homeowners to protect their landscaping from any potential effects the cleaning agents may have on their growth. Carefully lay tarps over any bushes, flowers, or lawn features around the perimeter of your home while still allowing for some air to flow under the tarp so as not to overheat the plants.
Once you've protected the area surrounding your home beginning setting up the cleaning materials to use throughout the process. For most homeowners this will mean a long exterior garden hose, soft bristled scrub brushes with a long extension, a sturdy, well maintained ladder, and a cleaning solution which is specifically designed to eliminate the stains and discolorations which naturally occur over time. This solution can be composed of anything from water and vinegar, water and bleach, or even just common household cleaning solutions. When in doubt about the solution which makes the most sense for your home’s particular cleaning needs turn to professionals like those at the Vinyl Siding Institute to determine which type of cleaning agent best matches the cleaning that your home needs.
Begin your cleaning process by thoroughly spraying down every part of your home’s siding with your garden hose to wash off loose dirt and grime. This done, pick a 5-7 foot section of the siding near the top of the wall to begin applying your cleaning solution. Be firm with your scrubbing brush and be careful not to overexert or overextend yourself while working on a ladder. Repeating this process over all your exterior walls will both remove the majority of wear and tear which has developed on your home’s siding and help you to identify particularly troublesome areas where further scrubbing will be needed. Return to these spots with a stronger version of your cleaning solution and a firmer brush. If this still doesn't fully clear the problem up consider getting in touch with professional house cleaners to see what can be done about the problem.