For those who apply vinyl siding to their home, they have made good choice still vinyl siding requires only low maintenance. The only maintenance that vinyl siding needed is only to be cleaned and checked if there is any crack or other suspicious appearance.
Vinyl siding cleaning is only one to two hours long, once in a year. It’s true that vinyl siding is recommended to be cleaned using pressure washer, but why? Because it is easier but not the most effective one. If you have no pressure washer in your home (renting it is quite expensive), you still have two choices.
Before you do these cleaning method, check first for the guidelines from your vinyl siding brand if there is any special treatment needed. It is recommended to apply a small amount first of the cleaner to the test area. You should wait for at least one to two days to see if there is any undesirable effects.
The most popular ingredients to clean the vinyl siding is bleach, detergent, and water. This cleaner works best if you find your white siding looks greenish, since this bleach solution is purposed to remove mold and mildew.
What you have to do is only mix these a quart of liquid laundry beach, 1/3 cup laundry detergent powder, 2/3 household cleaner powder, and a gallon of water. Be careful when you do this because the chemical such as the bleach can be harmful if we are careless. Put the liquid in a sprayer and wear safety mask. Prevent the children, pets, and your plants from the cleaning area because the ingredients could be dangerous to be inhaled.
A gallon of these ingredients mix can cover 10×20 area of your vinyl siding. After applying it, let the liquid stands for 5 to 10 minutes. You can use the hose to rinse off the siding. Repeat the step as many as you want.
Beside the bleach, we can also use the vinegar to dissolve the mold and mildew but only for the light ones. Take the bucket, add water and vinegar with 70/30 mixture or 7 cups of water and 3 cups of vinegar. Mix the paste of ½ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of water in the plastic container. Decide the area you want to clean first and start from the top so the mixture can run down to loosen the stains or dirts. Take your large scrub and brush against the mildew or mold, rinse your brush a few times. If there is any stubborn dirt or stain, use the baking soda paste with your smaller scrub brush. Do not forget to wear rubber gloves when you do this because vinegar can also be abrasive too. Finally, rinse off the vinyl siding.
In 12 to 24 hours you can see the real result. You will be surprised to see how effective these methods and make your house look stunning. The pressure washer user might ask you how do you clean it, but it’s up to you to tell them the secret or not!