How To Clean Your Siding Without A Pressure Washer

How To Clean Your Siding Without A Pressure Washer

If your house’s siding is looking dingy, you’ll need to clean your siding. So here’s how you can do it yourself without a pressure washer.

Having your home look clean on the outside can increase your curb appeal and boost your home’s value. It can also decrease your chance of mold growth and bug infestation. It’s known that a pressure washer is standard for cleaning siding, but what if you don’t have one? No pressure washer? No problem. You can still achieve that same cleanliness with some other household items. 

Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning your siding.

What You Will Need to Clean Your Siding:

  • Soft-bristled nylon scrub brush
  • Extension pole to fit scrub brush
  • Buckets
  • Hose
  • Spray nozzle
  • Cleaning solution
  • A ladder
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves 

Let’s Break it Down:

  1. Ensure that all outside power is off, as it could get wet. 
  2. Remove away any items that you don’t want to get wet or potentially damaged. 
  3. Cover any plants or shrubbery that could damage.
  4. Close windows, doors, and vents.
  5. Using the hose and spray nozzle, spray down the siding. Be sure that you are not directly facing any windows or doors. The excessive pressure can damage glass, or you may experience some water leaking into your house. 
  6. Use the extension pole and soft-bristled brush to scrub small areas at a time. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution to ensure you’re are disinfecting. You may need to use the ladder to reach certain areas. It is most effective to start at the top and work your way down. 
  7. Scrub any tough stains or areas with potential mildew growth. It is recommended that you have someone hold your ladder while you’re standing on it. 
  8. Rinse with the hose before the siding dries. 
  9. Repeat the process if necessary. 
  10. Return items and turn power back on. 

Our Best Tips:

  • When you clean your siding, be sure that the cleaning solution you are using will not harm your siding. Take into account what kind of siding you have—for example, if it is wood, it may do better with a simple cleaning solution. In contrast, something like vinyl may be more durable. 
  • Tackle one section at a time. Doing the whole house all together may be a little daunting. Break it into sections for a more manageable job.
  • If your siding is particularly dirty, spray it off twice before using the cleaning solution to scrub. You’ll get a cleaner finished product if you can remove as much dirt as possible in the rinsing stage. 
  • Do not use a tough bristle brush; it can scratch your siding and leave your house looking worse than when you started.
  • Don’t perform this task in the heat of the day. The cleaning solution will dry too quickly if the heat is high, making it difficult to rinse off for effective cleaning. 
  • Using multiple ladders, if possible, will save you the time of consistently moving ladders while cleaning. It may also give you safe access to various heights as you work. 

Consider Mountain States Windows and Siding for New Siding and Replacement

Sometimes you can clean your siding over and over again, but depending on the type of siding and how long it’s been on your house, you might need to replace it. If you’re in the market for new siding or to replace what you already have, look no further than Mountain States Windows and Siding. We have more siding options than you can imagine, plus we specialize in excellent customer service. Are you ready to learn more? Contact us today to get a quote on your next siding project! We serve several cities in Utah, from Draper to Lehi to  Provo!