It is essential to properly clean engineered wood siding periodically not only to keep it looking beautiful but also to ensure its durability. Engineered wood siding that is not cleaned is prone to mold and mildew damage that will shorten the life of your siding.
There are a few simple precautions to take before cleaning your engineered wood siding:
- Shut off any electricity
- Close your windows
- Do not directly spray doors and windows
- Protect fragile shrubbery and flowers with plastic
Once you have prepared your area for cleaning – it is time to wash your engineered wood siding. This is a several step process that involves rinsing, pre-treating, washing and sanding if absolutely necessary.
- Rinse – As a very first step, you want to rinse your home to get rid of any surface dirt and grime. It is important to remember to spray from the top and work down so that the dirt flows down to the ground rather than up higher on your house.
- Pre-Treat – When you pre-treat your home, you are helping to rid your home of mold and mildew. This can be done with either chlorine bleach or vinegar, both of which are safe and eco-friendly options to clean your home. Mix 3 parts water to 1 part EITHER vinegar or bleach. You can then fill a spray bottle with the solution or put it in a bucket and use a soft-bristled brush to scrub your home with the solution. For difficult areas, you can leave the solution on the area for 30 minutes before rinsing.
- Rinse – Rinse the vinegar or bleach solution off of your home.
- Wash – Washing your home simply requires warm water and a mild detergent. Mix the solution in a bucket and using a large brush such as a floor brush scrub your home from top to bottom. Make sure to not leave the detergent on your home for any length of time, rinse it right away.
- Sanding – Any areas that still have mold or mildew can be sanded down with a piece of sand paper dipped into your washing solution. Take care not to sand too hard – only enough to remove the stain. Stop periodically and rinse the debris away to see if the stain has been removed.
- Rinse – Your last step is to rinse your entire home from top to bottom again to make sure all soap residue and debris has been removed from your home.