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How To Clean Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding is one of the most versatile and effective exteriors you can have on a home. It’s durable, low maintenance, and resists mold and mildew. Available in a wide selection of styles, colors, and trim, it’s an investment that keeps on giving.


As one of the hardier and more customizable options on the market, vinyl siding has been used for homes in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area for decades. It also requires very little maintenance overall, however 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.


Do you need to upgrade your vinyl siding with the repair or replacement services? The experts at Shanco, DC’s most trusted home service specialists, are available to talk about siding replacement today!

The Basics of Cleaning Vinyl Siding: Safety and Preparation

Be Safe!

Before you break out the brush and cleaning solution, you need to prepare. Get some comfortable clothing you don’t mind working in, reliable shoes, rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask to help to protect yourself from irritating chemicals and potentially hazardous fumes. If you’re planning on getting up on a ladder to clean hard to reach places, have a friend there to hold it.


Clear The Area

When cleaning your vinyl siding, you want to make sure you’re just cleaning your vinyl siding. Be sure to clear the area of other things that may get in the way. This includes outdoor furniture, toys, pets, and other things that may trip you up during the process. Once you’ve cleared the area, you need to protect the things you can’t move. Be sure to cover plants, landscape elements, and pots with plastic sheeting or tarps to protect them from cleaning agents. Repeat the process with any outdoor lights and electrics, and be sure to seal them well with duct tape. Finally, make sure that all doors and windows are completely closed.


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.


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.


Professional Vinyl Siding Repair in DC MD and VA,

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 things right in no time.


At Shanco, we believe that taking care of your home’s exterior shouldn’t be difficult. If you want the best exteriors at the best prices, we can help. Our home exterior experts ensure that your vinyl siding is of the highest quality and is installed properly. No matter the service, our professional contractors are ready to help you build a home you’ll love. Contact us to learn more, or schedule your free inspection today! 

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