Vinyl siding doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, but that’s not to say it can be left alone. It gets dirty, just like anything left outside in the elements. While you’re thinking about spring cleaning, take some time to clean and inspect your siding.
Take a Good Look at Your Siding
Before washing your siding, do an inspection. Look for sagging, warping or buckling along the panels. Check for cracks and rips in the paneling. Are there any gaps between the windows and siding where the trim is pulling away? Before you start cleaning, you’ll want to get those things fixed. You may need to call in a professional to ensure that the warrant isn’t voided when you make repairs.
Clean Your Siding
Check the manufacturer’s directions for washing your siding. You may be able to use a power washer, but make sure that you don’t use too much pressure. Alternatively, use a soft bristle brush or soft cloth to clean the surface.
If the siding isn’t too dirty, you can use a solution of 70 percent water and 30 percent vinegar as a cleaning agent. If you want something a little stronger, use laundry detergent or a specially-formulated cleaner for vinyl siding. If your siding has mildew or mold, use liquid bleach and laundry detergent. Don’t use undiluted cleaners on the siding, because it might damage the finish.
Start at the bottom and work towards the top of the siding. Rinse the siding as you go to prevent streaking. Cover any brickwork to prevent the cleaning solution from getting on the brick.
If there are stubborn stains on the siding, you may need to use a cleanser such as Soft Scrub or Murphy Oil Soap on the particular stain. Don’t use organic solvents or nail polish remover on the siding. When in doubt, do a spot check with the cleaner on a small portion of the siding before using it on a large section.
An Ounce of Prevention
Taking the time to spring clean your siding and inspect it for damage will help it stay beautiful for years to come. Spending just a few hours one Saturday each year prevents many problems that can cause even more damage to your home.