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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. However, one drawback is that vinyl siding, like other home exteriors, can get dirty over time. Fortunately, there are ways to clean it to get it back to its original shine. Check out some of our favorite tips for cleaning your vinyl siding with the home exterior experts at Shanco!


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.


Prepare Your Home

If you’re 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, and other objects 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.


Pick The Right Weather

While many people may think that a sunny day is perfect for doing housework, think again! Direct sunlight can make your cleaning project significantly harder by drying your vinyl siding too quickly and unevenly. Try to pick a cloudy day with no rain in the forecast, so you can work at a comfortable pace. 


Pick Your Cleaner

There are a variety of different vinyl cleaning products available in stores, you simply need to pick the one that best suits your needs. Be sure to read up about Clorox, Lysol, and other brands to make sure they won’t bleach your colored siding or are safe for the environment. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can also make your own with 1 quart of bleach per gallon of water, or a 30:70 ratio of vinegar to water. 


Cleaning Your Vinyl By Hand

If you want the fool-proof method of cleaning your siding, nothing is better than doing it by hand. First, pick a small, out of the way section and try washing it with your chosen cleaner and brush to make sure it won’t damage your exterior. Once you’ve determined it’s safe, start at the bottom of the house and work your way up. Rinse and repeat as necessary. 


Cleaning With a Pressure Washer

Pressure washers can certainly cut down on the time you spend cleaning your home’s exterior, but it comes with a price. Pressure washers can damage sidings and leave you with more problems than you started with if used incorrectly. Be sure to read the instructions before renting or buying one to determine if it can be used on vinyl siding.


Taking care of your home’s exterior shouldn’t be difficult. If you want the best exteriors at the best prices, we can help. At Shanco, our home exterior experts ensure that your vinyl siding is 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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