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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

At Mario’s Quality Roofing, we fully understand the importance of maintaining the exterior of your home, specifically the siding. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular materials used in home exteriors due to its durability and ease of maintenance. However, like any other outdoor material, it can accumulate dirt, grime, and mildew over time. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to clean your vinyl siding, helping you keep your home looking its best.

Why Clean Your Vinyl Siding?

If your home’s old siding is not functioning correctly, it can negatively impact its appearance and performance. Inadequate siding can allow air, water, and pests into your home, making it less comfortable and unsafe. Regularly cleaning your vinyl siding will enhance its appearance and prolong its lifespan, ensuring your home stays aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and secure.

Tools and Materials You’ll Need

Cleaning vinyl siding is a relatively simple task that requires some essential tools and materials. These include a garden hose or pressure washer (used with caution), a soft cloth or long-handled, soft-bristle brush, and a bucket of cleaning solution (commercial or homemade). 

Depending on the grime you are dealing with, you may require different cleaning solutions. For general dirt and bird droppings, consider using general cleaners like Simple Green® or Nice & Easy®. If you are dealing with mold and mildew, a solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%) can be effective.

For stubborn stains like tar or topsoil, you might need specialized cleaners like Soft Scrub® or Lestoil®. Always spot-check any cleaner before using it on a large section of siding.

Detailed Guide to Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Step 1: Apply the Cleaning Solution

To effectively clean the house exterior, it is recommended to start at the bottom and work your way up. This approach helps prevent streaking caused by the cleaning solution running down the house. You can apply the cleaning solution using the tool of your choice and gently scrub to remove dirt and stains. By following these simple steps, you can ensure a thorough and streak-free cleaning of your house exterior.

Step 2: Rinse Thoroughly

Maintaining the cleanliness of your siding is crucial for its longevity and appearance. Once you have scrubbed it properly, it is essential to rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose. To avoid streaks, start rinsing from the top and move downwards. It is necessary to wash off all the cleaning solutions so no residue is left behind. Following this simple step, you can keep your siding looking great and extend its life span.

Step 3: Address Stubborn Stains

If you’re struggling to remove difficult stains from your home’s siding, such as mulch residue or artillery spores, it’s crucial to take extra steps to handle them effectively. However, no known cleaner can effectively remove artillery spores from the siding. In such cases, the best action would be to replace the shredded wood mulch with bark mulch and then replace the siding altogether. This will ensure that your home’s exterior looks clean and well-maintained.

A Word on Pressure Washers

When using a pressure washer, exercise caution. Improper use can cause water to get behind the siding and cause potential damage. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using the equipment to avoid mistakes.

Professional Siding Services

If your siding is beyond cleaning, or you’re looking to update the look of your home, consider our professional siding services at Mario’s Quality Roofing. We offer various installations and replacements for siding tailored to your wants, needs, and budget. Whether it be fiber cement siding, vinyl siding, stoneface, or houseface building siding, we can discuss all options with you.

Contact us today for a quote!

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