How to Properly Maintain and Clean Your Siding

Cleaning Vinyl siding with hose

How to Properly Maintain and Clean Your Siding

While it may not be everyone’s favorite task, maintaining your home’s siding is essential to ensuring its longevity and keeping it looking new. Fortunately, cleaning vinyl siding isn’t all that difficult.

Depending on the size of your home and the extent of the grime that’s built up, it shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon. The best part is it should only be done once a year unless extenuating circumstances make your home more vulnerable to the elements. 

There are a few options for cleaning vinyl siding, but one is the clear winner. We’ll cover all you need to know about maintaining your home’s siding and some tips to keep in mind.

Garden Hose Vs. Pressure Washer

It may seem like pressure washing your siding is the obvious choice, but believe it or not, a garden hose and some cleaning solution is the better option. A pressure washer can do more harm than good to vinyl siding. This isn’t to say that you can never use a pressure washer for this task, but it’s best reserved for certain kinds of siding that can stand up to the test. Additionally, it must be done skillfully, as you need to be careful not to spray the pressure washer in a way that could risk water getting underneath the siding, which could cause damage later on.

How to Clean Siding With a Garden Hose

There are several products on the market for cleaning vinyl siding. Many are designed to use with a garden hose. This design allows every homeowner to attach the solution to the nozzle of your hose. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

All you have to do is alternate between spraying the cleaning solution and water, and you’ll have clean siding in no time. A major bonus to this method is that the garden hose is gentle enough not to cause any damage to your siding but strong enough to spray the entirety of a two-story home.

Spot Clean With a Soft Bristle Brush

If a bird has wreaked havoc on your siding with its droppings or you need to spot-clean it for any other reason, there’s no need to drag out the garden hose to get the job done. All it takes is a bucket of cleaning solution and a soft bristle brush, microfiber cloth, or sponge, and you should be able to get the stain right off. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, especially if your siding is older, as you don’t want to cause any cracks to form.

Repair Your Siding With Help From Hulton Contracting

Inspect your siding while cleaning it and check for damage. If your siding is old or damaged, it may not protect your home as well as it should. If this deterioration allows moisture to infiltrate the walls of your home, it can lead to rot, structural damage, and the growth of hazardous mold. Contact Hulton Contracting today and request a free estimate on your home’s siding repairs! For more information about our services, please call our office at (877)766-3760.

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