Cleaning Vinyl Siding: 2 Alternatives To Pressure Washing

Posted on: 24 December 2015

Neglecting your vinyl siding can have it looking unsightly, not to mention the possibility of a mold and mildew infestation. For many homeowners, there is only one way to truly clean vinyl siding; pressure washing. Though effective at removing dirt and incredibly easy to pull off, pressure washing isn't necessarily the most reasonable way to clean your vinyl siding.

Renting a pressure washer is often expensive, and it still may not be the best way to remove mold and mildew on your siding. Read on to learn two alternative cleaning methods to pressure washing that should provide you with some startling results and have your vinyl siding looking bright and new for longer.

Bleach solution

Using bleach solution can be effective at brightening white vinyl siding and removing mold. To make the bleach solution, mix a bit of powdered laundry detergent with liquid laundry bleach and add water. You should be careful while using bleach, as it can corrode some brands of siding. To be on the safe side, apply a small amount of the cleaner you intend to use on a small test area and wait for a few hours to see if the bleach causes any damage.

Once you determine that your bleach solution won't cause any adverse effects on the siding, proceed to apply it on the walls. Use a garden sprayer to effectively reach higher points like your eaves. Be sure to wear protective gloves and a safety mask and to cover any plants near the siding with drop cloths so as to offer protection against the harsh chemicals in the cleaning solution.

Once you have applied a layer of bleach solution on the entire wall, let it stand for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with a garden hose. This should eliminate any mold on the siding and remove tough dirt stains.

Vinegar solution

Another brilliant alternative to pressure washing is to use vinegar solution. This method is not only safer for you and the environment than using harsh chemical cleaners, but it is also very effective at removing light mold and mildew stains. Vinegar solution can also do a better job at removing mold and mildew on porous surfaces than other cleaning methods.

To make vinegar solution, mix some white vinegar, baking soda and water in a bucket and use a garden sprayer to apply the solution on the siding. Starting from the top of the house siding can make the job easier, as the water and vinegar will run down the wall and loosen the dirt and mildew. You can then use a brush to scrub the siding thoroughly so as to make it sparkling clean, before hosing the siding down to wash off any loose debris. Learn more about your siding with some additional reading.

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