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How Do I Clean Vinyl Siding?

As one of the hardier and more customizable options on the market, vinyl siding has been used for homes in the Maryland area for decades. It also requires very little maintenance overall. A little upkeep goes a long way!

If you want your siding to stay looking its best and last as long as possible, a good cleaning regimen is key. The cleaning process is not long or complicated, but doing it right is very important, and we’re happy to show you how it’s done.

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The Basics of Cleaning Vinyl Siding: Tools

Arming yourself with the right tools makes a simple job even easier, and ensures your siding avoids any scratching or marring from using the wrong items. To get the job done right you’ll need:

  • Soft cloth. Absolutely no steel wool or other abrasive cleaning tools, since these can strip your siding. Cotton does a great job here, as well as linen.
  • A soft-bristle brush. Same deal here—nothing abrasive, and choose something with a longer handle if possible to reduce the amount of moving and climbing you need to do.
  • Bucket. Any bucket will do, but to avoid spilling cleaning solutions everywhere we recommend a good 10+ gallon bucket.
  • Cleaning solution. You have your pick here, but stay away from de-greasers, furniture polishes and cleaners, and undiluted bleach. If you’re looking for a low-cost option, a 40-60% split of cider vinegar and water does the job fine. For added power, laundry detergent is a great choice.

The Basics of Cleaning Vinyl Siding: The Process

Once you have the right tools, the job is as simple as wetting your cloth and brush with cleaning solution and scrubbing (concentric circles are best—like how the dentist tells you to brush your teeth) away the dirt and grime. Follow up with a rinse, either using another set of cloth or simply using a low-pressure garden hose. No drying needed!

What About Mold and Mildew?

Most of your standard cleaning solutions are going to handle mold and mildew fine, so if you picked the vinegar and water solution you’re already set. For larger sections of mold or complete infestations, you can beef up your cleaner by replacing the cider vinegar with oxygen bleach (which is safe for garden plants). That said, you would always rather prevent mold from appearing in the first place, since it can damage even your vinyl siding beyond repair.

Can I Use a Pressure Washer to Clean Vinyl Siding?

It depends. We would recommend you carefully look over the specs of your particular vinyl siding, as many manufacturers will tell you whether it is safe to pressure wash or not. If you do use a pressure washer, we recommend that you do it on a lower setting and be sure to spray directly toward the siding rather than at an angle.

Vinyl Siding Repair in MD, VA, and DC

Does your siding need a fair bit more than just brushing, or are you unsure about what exactly needs to be done about your cracked, buckling, or bowing siding? Contact the home service experts at Shanco today! We can diagnose siding issues of all kinds and offer a repair service that sets thing right in no time.


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