Are you looking for ways to improve your home without spending too much time or money? If yes, then you should definitely check out my article with tips for keeping your vinyl siding looking great.
The exterior of our homes plays a big role in defining its overall look. In addition to adding curb appeal, vinyl siding also offers protection against extreme weather conditions.
Vinyl siding is durable and long lasting, but it does require some maintenance. Here are some simple steps to keep your vinyl siding looking great.
How to Properly Power Wash Vinyl Siding
Power washing vinyl siding isn't just about keeping it clean -- it's also about protecting it. While there are plenty of ways to keep your vinyl siding looking good, the best method is to use a professional power wash every year.
Here's how to properly power wash your vinyl siding:
1. Inspect your home's exterior
Make sure you've inspected your home thoroughly before starting the power washing process. Look for signs of water leaks or damage, including cracked windows, doors, gutters, roofs, etc. This step ensures that you don't accidentally damage anything while power washing.
2. Map out your cleaning plan
Use a tape measure to determine where to start your power washing. You'll want to focus on areas like doorways, windows, decks, porches, rooflines, gutter lines, etc.
3. Use the correct equipment
You'll likely need a pressure washer, hose, bucket, brush, and soap. Make sure to read up on safety guidelines before getting started. Also, check with your local building codes regarding what type of paint you can apply to your home during the course of the project.
4. Use a damp cloth to wipe away dirt and debris
Use a soft, lint free cloth and apply gentle pressure. Wipe gently across the entire surface of your vinyl siding. If you see dust particles, use a vacuum cleaner attachment to suck up the dust. This step will help prevent mold growth and mildew.
5. Clean the seams
Clean the edges of each panel along the bottom edge, where panels meet one another. Be careful not to touch the seam itself because this area is often covered with paint.
6. Wash off soap residue
If there are areas of soap scum, wash them off with water. To make sure you don't scratch or harm the finish, use a soft brush and a mild dish detergent solution. Don't use harsh chemical cleaners because they could eat into the finish.
If Your House's Siding Is Worn Out And Old Looking
If your vinyl siding needs some TLC (Tender, Loving, Care ;-), pressure cleaning is the best option. However, if your house's siding is worn out and old looking, it might require something a little more personal touch. If your vinyl siding is showing signs of age and wear, it could benefit from a deep cleaning treatment.
First, mix white vinegar with enough water to make a solution that is about 30%-70% vinegar and 70%-30% water. Pre-rinse your siding with plain water, and start spraying the solution onto the siding. Use a garden hose to apply the mixture evenly across the surface. Rinse off the excess liquid with water.
Next, apply a vinyl restoration product designed specifically for vinyl siding. These products are sold at most home improvement stores. Apply the product liberally to the entire exterior surface of the siding. Let dry overnight. In the morning, wipe away any residue with a soft cloth.
How Often Should You Clean Vinyl Siding?
If you're new to vinyl siding, it's important to know how long you should wait between cleanings. This is especially true if you've been living in your home for several decades. If you don't want to invest too much money into your home, consider cleaning your vinyl siding once or twice a year.
As with most things, however, there are exceptions. If you live in a hot climate, like we are here in Florida, where heat causes vinyl siding to crack, you might want to do more frequent cleanings. Or if you live near a major city like Tampa, you might find yourself covered in soot and grime from passing cars. In these cases, you might need to wash your house more frequently as well.
Reminders for House Siding Cleaning
Regardless of the type of sider, there are some tips you should consider before getting down to business. Here are a few things to remember before tackling your next exterior home improvement project:
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