Vinyl siding is a popular option for homes and businesses nationwide, for a lot of reasons. It’s durable, affordable, beautiful, and customizable. You’ll find it everywhere from tiny homes to millionaire mansions, from tiny restaurants to major corporate buildings. It will keep your structure insulated and protected from outside forces and the environment. Vinyl siding holds up well over time, but it can start to look a dirty or dingy without a little attention. Especially if you live in an area with a lot of precipitation, wind or dust storms, you may find your vinyl siding looking a little dirty or splattered from time to time. It’s actually quite easy to clean up your vinyl siding and get your building looking in tip top shape.
Step One: Assess Your Siding & Windows
First you want to make sure that you don’t have any holes, damage, or any loose pieces of siding anywhere on your house by evaluating your vinyl siding. Look carefully for cracks, especially around corners, near the foundation, and the seams of the vinyl siding. You don’t want to begin washing or spraying just to find that you’re doing serious damage to your walls. Touch up with caulk or patching where needed. Call Mountain States Windows & Siding if you need repairs.
Step Two: Assemble Tools
If you have access to a pressure washer, that is preferable. You can also use a regular scrubbing brush, a bucket of warm soapy water, and a garden hose. If you have garden or flower beds around the base of your home, begin by spraying them down with water first so they will absorb less soap and chemicals while you wash.
Step Three: Begin Washing 10 foot Sections
Splash the area with soapy water, then scrub with a brush carefully. Avoid overlaps in the siding, and be gentle around windows. Dirty areas may take a few rounds of soap and scrubbing to adequately clean. If you’re using a power washer you can simply spray down the surface while focusing on the dirtiest areas.
Step Four: Rinse Away All Soap & Chemicals
Using a hose or a separate bucket of only clean water, splash and rinse away any soap or chemicals. You may not see suds, but it’s important to rinse every surface anyway for proper cleaning. If powerwashing, use straight water to go over the siding area for an adequate rinse.
Step Five: Dry Corners & Seams
The corners and seams of vinyl siding can be particularly susceptible to water damage. Take the extra time with a dry towel or rag to completely clean and dry the corners and seams to prevent any expansion, mold, or future damage.
Giving your vinyl siding a good wash is recommended at least once a year, but it would be a good idea if you live somewhere with lots of rain, dust storms, near a busy road or frequent construction. You may find that you get more dirt and grime on your exterior walls than once a year washing will clean. Spring and fall are excellent times to clean your vinyl siding.
If you have any questions about what else needs to be done to properly maintain your vinyl siding, we recommend you contact us so that we can answer them for you.