4 Tips for Cleaning Your Siding

By Nationwide Windows
Posted in Home Improvement on November 21, 2016

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Don’t let your siding get filthy and old looking! There are easy ways to make sure that your siding remains in tip top shape. Follow our cleaning tips to ensure that the sides of your home remain beautiful, bright, and clean.

1. Wash once a year to keep your siding clean

You need to make sure that you stick to a regular cleaning schedule so that build up of dust, dirt, grime, mold, and mildew doesn’t start happening to your siding. Because vinyl siding is quite maintenance free, unless you notice that patches of your siding are particularly dirty, you can leave it to once a year to clean.

2. Hire a pressure cleaner

Trust us, it will make your job that much easier if you hire or borrow a pressure cleaner to do the work for you. If you can find one that’s not too costly to get the job done, or you already own one at home, then this is the best tool to get your job done easily.

3. Follow a pattern when washing with your pressure cleaner

Once you’ve got a hold of your pressure cleaner, it’s time to wash off the dirt. Check to see that the nozzle’s jet setting is not too small, or you can cause damage to your siding. Aim the pressure cleaner at the siding, start from the bottom of the wall and work your way slowly up. When you get to the top, rinse again downwards with the sprayer to wash off all the dirt.

4. Get rid of any mold and mildew

Mold and mildew can cause your siding to look both dirty and slimy. While you probably won’t be able to remove it with a pressure cleaner, there are ways to clean it yourself without getting a professional involved. One of the easiest ways to do this is by grabbing items you will already have at home and making up a mix to get rid of that mold and mildew.

Use a mix or either:

  • 1 cup of laundry bleach
  • 5 gallons of water

Or for an eco friendly alternative:

  • 1.5 gallons of vinegar
  • 3.5 gallons of water

If you are going to use the bleach mix, make sure to wear protective clothing, and water down and/or cover any plants underneath where you are working.

Using a bristled long broom, work in the mix of your choice wherever on your siding that mold and mildew are present. Once cleaned, you will need to hose down the area that you treated. If your sidings are looking like they’re not just dirty and with a little bit of mold and you actually need to replace them, then come and view our range at Nationwide Windows and Siding.

Our range includes choice of SoffitThermar8 Insulated SidingSeamless Siding, and more! Don’t forget to have a browse through our Nationwide Window and Siding reviews to hear more about what all of our customers are saying about the experiences they’ve had with us.

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