Due to its inexpensive installation, versatile colors, and ease of maintenance, vinyl siding is an excellent option for your home. While cleaning and maintaining this exterior is simple compared to stucco and fiber cement, you may not be familiar with the proper techniques to wash your vinyl siding. Using this guide, you can clean and maintain your home's vinyl exterior using safe, natural options.
Under Pressure – Simple Cleaning with your Pressure Washer
In most cases, your exterior will only require a light pressure cleaning. If you do not already own a pressure washer, consider investing in a quality machine that offers 1,300 to 1,600 PSI, or pounds per square inch, of water pressure. Too high a level of water pressure can damage and loosen your vinyl. In addition, the increased water pressure will force moisture between the vinyl seams, which may lead to mold growth.
Every year, complete the following steps to remove light dirt, debris, and stains from your vinyl exterior:
- Protect surrounding landscaping from the force of water. Cover shrubs, trees, and flowers with plastic sheeting.
- Close all doors and windows to ensure water does not seep through.
- Connect your pressure washer's hose to your outdoor water spigot.
- Stand a few feet away from your siding and spray the vinyl using side-to-side motions, working from top to bottom.
- Work your way around your entire home and allow your siding to dry.
If you still notice areas with dirt or other residue, a cleansing solution may be necessary.
Fizzy on Filth – Dissolve Away Dirt with Baking Soda
Commonly found in most households, baking soda is an excellent product to use on your vinyl siding. When this gentle ingredient comes in contact with moisture, it begins to bubble and fizz. This carbonation will quickly dissolve dirt and stains from your vinyl siding without harming the environment. Combine the following in an outdoor pump sprayer:
- 4 gallons of warm water
- One box of baking soda – A traditional size box contains 1 pound of baking soda.
Mix the ingredients by shaking your sprayer container. Use your garden hose to rinse off your vinyl siding. Then, douse the baking soda solution onto one side of your home. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes before rinsing with your garden hose. Repeat the process on each side of your vinyl siding to dissolve heavier areas of dirt and debris off your home.
Move Away Mold – Naturally Remove Mold with Vinegar
Your home's exterior is a common place for mold growth. As a homeowner, you may want to use bleach when you notice dark green patches of mold. Unfortunately, bleach is not only harmful to the environment, but can also irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. For a less toxic mold removal, consider vinegar.
Combine 2 gallons of white vinegar with 2 gallons of water in an outdoor pump sprayer. Mix and spray onto patches of mold. Allow to rest before rinsing with your garden hose.
Since vinegar contains 5 percent acetic acids that are antibacterial and antiviral, it is effective for removing mold and cleaning your home's exterior.
Vinyl siding is a good investment for your home, but proper maintenance is key. Using this guide of DIY cleaners, you can protect your investment.