Cleaning Vinyl Siding: A one-day project with big returns

Cleaning vinyl siding on your Cobb home is an easy, low-cost project that holds a promising return. You depend on your home's siding to protect the structure and ward off weatherization damage. Proper care helps to extend its life span and perform the job it's designed to do.

A how-to guide

Before you begin cleaning, you'll need to gather supplies. Make sure you have these supplies on hand.

Powerwashing

To powerwash the siding, gather up the powerwasher, caulking, a cleaning brush, a detergent and injector tool.

With the right supplies at your fingertips, you're ready to begin the project of cleaning vinyl siding.

  • Caulk cracks that appear in the siding that will let water seep through it.
  • Set the powerwasher to a low pressure setting and install detergent into the injector.
  • Carefully spray the vinyl, working you way from the bottom sections to the top.
  • Once the vinyl has been washed, look at the exterior for evidence of stains or leftover dirt. Scrub these areas with the cleaning brush.
  • Remove the injector, and use a higher pressure setting to rinse the vinyl. Work your way down this time.

Handwashing

For this job, you'll need a mild detergent or soap, a bucket and hose or powerwasher, and a scrub brush with a long handle.

Follow these steps to clean the siding:

  • Fill the bucket with water and add some soap.
  • Take the brush and gently scrub the siding, starting at the bottom and working your way up to avoid staining and streaking.
  • Use the hose or powerwasher to thoroughly rinse the siding.

With the right cleaning schedule, you can ensure that your home's vinyl siding performs for years to come. How often should you clean it? At least once a year, preferably in the spring to clear away the dirt and grime from winter and over the past year. For expert advice on cleaning vinyl siding or for any roofing questions you may have, contact Findlay Roofing today!

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