With fall having arrived in Minnesota, we know many homeowners around the Twin Cities are spending their weekends getting their homes buttoned up before winter.
For some that includes getting their vinyl siding clean. It’s one thing you want to take care of on a regular basis to keep your siding not only looking good but performing well.
When it comes to having a cleaner, better-looking vinyl siding, taking care of it properly is vital.
Using these tips will help the cleaning process along while ensuring that you don’t miss areas the next time the exterior of your home is due for a cleaning.
It is recommended that you clean vinyl siding on a home at least once a year or whenever it is starting to look a bit dirty. If you live in a high-traffic area or you’ve got landscaping close to your home, you may need to do it multiple times a year. By keeping your vinyl siding clean, you’ll be able to take pride in the curb appeal of your home. Also, you can enjoy many of the other benefits it comes with.
How to Properly Clean Vinyl Siding
Before you begin, if you’ve got landscaping close to the sides of your house, you may want to cover it first to avoid damage.
Use a Hose: Unless you’re very experienced in using a pressure or power washer, we recommend using a garden hose. Unless you’ve got some serious staining, a hose should be sufficient to spray the home down. You want to put an even coating of water over the outside of the house and then make sure you get each area.
If you’re going to be using a pressure washer, keep it on a lower setting to ensure that you do not damage any of the areas on or around the outside of the house. And spray at a slight angle, never straight on. Avoid spraying upwards so that you don’t get water underneath the siding. (Note: We DO NOT recommend homeowners use a pressure washer to clean their siding unless they are experienced in its use.)
Use a Mild Soap: Laundry detergent or dish detergent works well at removing the grime, dirt and stuck-on items from the side of the house. You might need to scrub this a bit if the items are really stuck on there. (Use a bristle brush rather than an abrasive tool like steel wool or pot scrubbers; you can use pads meant for nonstick cookware as they will not scratch the siding.) Mix it with the water well and then scrub it. Make sure to use a softer bristle brush as to not ruin the integrity of the siding.
Mold on the Siding: If there is mold on the siding, using bleach is an excellent way to remove it. However, make sure that you do not get it on plants or your clothes, as this can stain them. You want to dilute it with water and scrub it like you would with the soap mixture. Be sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands.
Does your vinyl siding need more than just a good cleaning? If it’s in bad shape and you are thinking of replacing the siding on your Minneapolis pr St. Paul area home, speak with us here at Window Outfitters. We can provide you with the beautiful siding you’re in need of. We install a number of different siding products, including Craneboard insulated vinyl siding.
Call us today to find out what we have to offer and when we can come out and provide you with a no-obligation siding installation estimate. We are a licensed Minnesota siding contractor, and we serve the entire Twin Cities metro as well as surrounding communities such as Faribault and Farmington.