If you have vinyl siding on your home, you’re in good company. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding is the most popular exterior wall material in the country. In addition to being durable and affordable, vinyl is also an attractive option that complements most architectural styles.
However, like anything exposed to the elements, vinyl siding can get dirty and grimy. Your home’s exterior can also accumulate cobwebs, dust and bird droppings. If your vinyl siding is looking a little worse for wear, you can rejuvenate it by giving it a thorough cleaning.
There are two main options for restoring vinyl siding to its former glory: pressure washing and scrubbing by hand.
How to Pressure Wash Vinyl Siding
If your home is large, or you’re just eager to get the job done quickly, pressure washing your vinyl siding is a good option. Before you start, check your manufacturer’s recommendations. Some vinyl siding manufacturers won’t honor a warranty if a homeowner uses a pressure washer, as vinyl can be damaged by too much pressure. If you’re concerned about your warranty, contact the manufacturer.
When you’re ready to pressure wash, keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t Use Too Much Pressure – Pressure washing your vinyl siding isn’t like hosing down your concrete driveway. The highest setting is probably too much pressure for the vinyl. If you spray too forcefully, you can bend and warp the vinyl. Extreme pressure can even crack the vinyl.
- Keep the Stream at Eye Level – Hold the wand at your eye level. Avoid spraying at an angle, as this can force water between and behind the siding, which can cause mold to form.
- Use a Mild Cleaning Solution – Avoid harsh chemicals or cleaning products. The best vinyl siding cleaner is an all-natural mixture of products you probably already have on hand.
Whether you’re pressure washing or cleaning by hand, you can make your own vinyl siding cleaner at home. Just follow the steps below for an easy, chemical-free cleaning solution that will make your home sparkle and shine.
How to Clean Vinyl Siding by Hand
If you don’t have a pressure washer, don’t worry. It’s possible to clean vinyl siding with nothing more than a brush, a bucket of water and a little bit of elbow grease.
The best vinyl siding cleaner contains no harsh chemicals and no solvents. And the good news is you can make your own cleaning solution from household items you probably already have in your pantry.
To make a gentle, effective DIY vinyl siding cleaner, do the following:
- In one bucket, combine four tablespoons liquid detergent (make sure it is oil-free) and eight tablespoons baking soda. Stir until the baking soda is dissolved.
- Add two cups warm water to the detergent and baking soda mixture. Stir gently to avoid forming bubbles.
- Add four tablespoons of vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
You can use this cleaning solution with a power washer, or by simply wiping it on your vinyl with a soft, damp towel. Rinse with warm water to remove any residue.
If you’re cleaning your vinyl by hand, avoid using a scrub brush, Brillo pad, or any stiff-bristled brush that could scratch or tear the vinyl.
Is It Time to Replace Your Vinyl Siding?
While vinyl siding is straightforward to clean, it should be replaced if it’s faded or damaged. Siding is designed to safeguard your home against the elements. If your siding is cracked or rotting, moisture can enter your home. Water can find its way into even the tiniest spaces, including gaps in siding.
If your siding is damaged or well past its prime, replacing it with energy-efficient siding can protect your home from moisture damage, boost your property value and give your home a brand new look.
Call Nu Look Today to Learn More
Is your home ready for a new look? Contact Nu Look Home Design today — we’ll help you explore vinyl siding styles and colors that suit your home.