You clean the interior of your home and likely keep up with the exterior, but do you clean your vinyl siding? If you do not, it is time to start! Why would you want to clean your siding? Let’s explore the various reasons. First and foremost, it is the protection of your home and therefore the area that receives the most dirt, debris, droppings from birds, mess from pests, pollen and even mold and mildew. Aside from that, think of all of the things you do outside; sealing your driveway, fertilizing your lawn and spraying weed killer on your landscaping. All of these items can splash particles onto your siding causing buildup and eventual damage.
How to Clean your Siding
So now you know why you need to clean your vinyl siding. Let’s discuss how to clean it. It is not a difficult process, anyone can do it. All that you will need is a soft bristled brush with a long handle or if you are willing to get on a ladder, you can use a soft cloth. As far as cleaners, there is a variety that you can use. If you try to remain environmentally friendly, you can choose from a variety of homemade cleaners. If you prefer commercial cleaners, there are several products sold at your local hardware store that are specifically meant for cleaning siding or you can use an all-purpose cleaner that you would use inside your home.
Making Homemade Cleaners
Homemade cleaners are easy to make and typically the easiest on your siding as well as your skin and respiratory system. For light dirt and grime, you can use a solution of 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water. Vinegar can kill bacteria, so even if you have mold or mildew, it will be effective. If you do not like the smell of vinegar, you can use a mixture of laundry detergent or dish soap and water.
Clean from Bottom to Top
In order to avoid unsightly streaks, you should clean the house from bottom to top. Start by rinsing the entire siding with the hose to loosen the dirt and grime, and then get to work with your cleaner. Immediately rinse any finished area to avoid the area from drying with the cleaner on it. When you are finished you will have a shiny, clean exterior of your home that is free from stains and the risk of mold or bacterial growth.