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Keep Your House Beautiful By Keeping Your Siding Clean

Siding is one of the most popular exterior home materials.  As the years go by, the siding sales continue to grow.  There are several types of siding, including vinyl.  Vinyl siding is durable, cheap, versatile and is practically guaranteed to improve the appearance of the exterior of your house.  Over time, vinyl siding can become dingy and will need to be cleaned. 

There are several ways to clean vinyl siding.  Some are more time consuming than others, but all should get your siding as clean as new! 

Cleaning by Hand

Cleaning your siding by hand with a soft cloth or a soft bristle brush is one way to get your vinyl siding clean.  When you choose to clean this way, it is important to clean from the bottom to the top, and break the job down into small sections.  Periodically rinse the cleaners with clean water. Depending on how large your house is, this task could take a while, but the end result will be worth it!

  • Water and vinegar Using a solution of water and vinegar is one way to clean your siding.  Mix 30% vinegar and 70% water and wash each section using the soft bristle brush. 
  • Detergent mixture You can create a potent cleaner by mixing several detergents together, but be cautious that none of the detergents have ammonia.  One recipe is to mix 1/3 cup of powdered laundry detergent, 2/3 cup of a powdered household cleaner, a quart of bleach and a gallon of water. 
  • Rust cleaners You can remove rust from siding by using a regular rust cleaner.
  • Magic erasers For hard to remove stains, a plain old magic eraser might do the trick.  Dampen the magic eraser and scrub away!

Using a Pressure Washer

If you don't have a pressure washer it is fairly inexpensive to rent one from a home improvement store.  Before choosing to power wash, be sure to check with the manufacturer of the siding to ensure that it is safe to use a pressure washer.  Always hit the siding with the wand straight on and not at an angle.  Hitting the siding at an angle pushes water up underneath the siding.  Later it can drip down and ruin the work you've done. 

Hiring a company

If cleaning your siding is a task too large for you to do yourself, there are companies that will clean siding for you.  You can sit back and relax while someone else does the work.  However, if you have landscaping that you are concerned about, be cautious.  It is unlikely that the cleaning itself will damage your landscaping, but you could end up with heavy footed workers who don't take the care around your landscaping that you would.

To learn more, contact a company like New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc. with any questions you have.