One of the many benefits of vinyl siding is the little amount of maintenance needed to keep up its appearance. While vinyl siding requires less work compared to other exterior materials, homeowners shouldn’t make the mistake of not applying maintenance. Failing to clean your siding routinely can lead to the buildup of mold, mildew, algae, dirt, and other contaminants on your siding, creating an unpleasant sight. But you have to have a pressure washer to properly clean vinyl siding, right?
While a pressure washer can be a useful tool, it’s not needed to keep your siding looking pristine. Here, Garden State Brickface and Siding, a leading provider of exterior home building materials and services with over 70 years of experience, details the importance of cleaning your vinyl siding and how to do it successfully – with or without a pressure washer.
Important Reasons to Clean Your Vinyl Siding
The siding of your house keeps you and your home protected from the outdoor elements and bad weather. Because of its duties, your home’s siding is exposed to environmental elements that can be problematic over time if not addressed, further enhancing the importance of routine cleanings. The reasons why you should regularly clean your vinyl siding include:
Helps Prolong the Life of Your Siding
Like with any home investment project, homeowners want to get the most out of their siding. You can ensure your siding remains healthy and in good condition by regularly cleaning it. Doing so will help increase its lifespan – plus, it will look great!
Can Increase the Value of Your Home
When it comes to the value of your home, the exterior gets a lot of attention. Having clean siding that’s in good condition will help increase your home’s curb appeal – and ultimately its value. Even if you are not planning to list your home on the open market, the exterior, and siding speak volumes about the homeowners and the condition of the house.
Removes Potentially Harmful Substances
Cleaning is not only necessary for improving the appearance of your home’s exterior but also for improving overall safety. Substances that can build up on your home’s siding can carry germs and are harmful to the environment, as well as human health. Cleaning eliminates this potential threat, allowing you to enjoy a healthier environment.
Ways to Clean Vinyl Siding
When it comes to cleaning your vinyl siding, there are different approaches you can take. One of the most common questions homeowners have is: can they use a pressure washer to clean their vinyl siding? While a pressure washer seems like the right tool for the job in theory given how easily and quickly it can blast away dirt and grime, it may end up causing more bad than good. Pressure washers can cause moisture intrusion, damage, and/or discoloration, which is why some siding manufacturers strongly urge against using them. If homeowners are keen on using a pressure washer to clean their vinyl siding, they should always use low settings to avoid forcing water under the siding.
Instead of using a pressure washer, homeowners can use a garden hose and soft bristle brush to remove mold or mildew without damaging the vinyl. Dedicated vinyl house siding cleaners are available or homeowners can create their own solution by combining 30% white vinegar and 70% water into a bucket. Those looking for a more powerful cleaning solution can substitute vinegar with bleach. It can also be wise to work with a soft bristle brush that can extend, helping you clean hard-to-reach areas.
Here are some tips for cleaning your vinyl siding:
- Work in small sections at a time.
- Start at the bottom of a section, and work your way to prevent streaking.
- Rinse away the cleaning solution, and do not let it sit on the siding for too long.
- Apply moderate pressure while cleaning, as too much pressure can cause damage to the siding.
- Keep cleaning solutions containing chemicals away from plants, shrubs, bushes, and flowers.
- Avoid hot water, as it can increase the likelihood of cracking.
Vinyl Siding and More at Garden State Brickface and Siding
Enhance the overall look of your home and extend the longevity of your exterior you properly clean your vinyl siding. Garden State Brickface and Siding specializes in vinyl siding installation and helping homeowners get the most out of their home improvement projects. Serving clients across central and northern New Jersey, our team is readily available to answer any questions you may have regarding vinyl siding and the proper way to clean it.