Cleaning Vinyl Siding
The beauty of vinyl siding is that it can be maintained with little effort. Like anything exposed to the atmosphere, it will get dirty, but a heavy rain can do wonders. Most manufacturers, as well as the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), recommend the use of a garden hose to wash off any dirt or stains on siding or trims. But what if neither rain nor a simple hosing does the job?
- Use a long-handled car washing brush with soft bristles that attaches to the end of a hose or to the Mallory Telescoping Flow-Thru Wash Brush. Avoid stiff bristle brushes or abrasive cleaners, which may change the finish of the cleaned area, making the siding look spotty.
- To remove toot and grime in industrial areas, wipe down with a commercial siding cleaner or make a solution of 1/3 cup powdered detergent and 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner or baking soda for each gallon of water.
- If mildew is a problem, add 1 quart of bleach to the above solution.
- When washing down your entire house, start at the bottom and work your way up to avoid streaking.
For Stubborn Stains:
Fantastic or Murphy’s Oil Soap: bubble gum, lipstick, crayon, topsoil
Fantastic, Murphy’s or Windex: grass, lithium grease, motor oil, rust
Vinegar (30%) and water (70%): mold and mildew, felt-tip pen marks
What’s in store
- Mallory Telescoping Flow-Thru Wash Brush
- Murphy’s Oil Soap
- Commercial Line Windex Cleaner