Fall is coming, believe it or not. Even though our temperatures are still hitting the 90’s, the cooler weather will be here before you know it. One important task that you must take care of before the weather gets too cold is to clean your vinyl siding. After the hot, rainy summer, your vinyl siding is likely host to insects, bird droppings, dust, dirt and possibly even mold. While this cleaning task does not sound remotely fun, it can be completed in a few simple steps.
Before you start, you should understand the few supplies that you will need and precautions you should take. In most cases a soft cloth is sufficient, but if you do not want to climb a ladder, you can also use a soft bristled brush on a long handle. You will also need a bucket, warm water and vinegar or mild laundry detergent. If you have stains, you can use standard household cleaners, such as Lysol or Fantastik to remove them. You should avoid using any harsh abrasive cleaners or scratchy sponges as they could damage your siding. Care should also be taken if you decide to use a ladder, always have a spotter with you to ensure your safety.
Cleaning the Siding
Before you get started, protect your landscaping and move anything that is not permanent. This will help to eliminate damage to other items as you try to get the dirt and grime off of your siding. Once everything is protected it is time to clean your siding from bottom to top. Simply spray a section down with the hose, then wipe it clean with your cleaning solution of choice. Take care to not let the cleaning solution dry on the house; you should constantly rinse each section to prevent that from occurring. If you have areas with tough stains, it might take a little more elbow grease to remove the stain, but it will leave your home looking beautiful and safer to be around, especially if it was mold or mildew.
Once you are finished, make sure that the entire house is rinsed off and gleaming beautifully. If you perform this task twice per year, you can reduce the amount of wear and tear on your siding and keep your curb appeal very high all year long.