Vinyl siding is a low maintenance and durable material that is made with PVC. The product has become an increasingly popular choice for many home exteriors. Even though vinyl is a low maintenance material it will require some maintenance as dirt and algae will collect on the surface. In todays post I will look at how to clean green algae off vinyl siding. Because there is a lot of rain where I live, my vinyl siding has a tendency to get covered with algae and has to be cleaned annually.
In general a home-owners should clean and maintain their vinyl siding regularly. Leaving the unsightly mildew and algae cab permanently stain the siding. Simple maintenance and cleaning of your vinyl siding is fairly straightforward. Just ensure that you know the best cleaning methods before you get started.
How to clean siding
- First fill a bucket with warm water and dish soap.
- Use a long-handled deck brush with soft bristles to gently scrub the surface .
- You can also use a cloth dipped in the soap and water to scrub those areas that are dirtier.
- Using a garden hose set at a gentle spray and rinse the area that you have just scrubbed.
- Start with the vinyl siding at the bottom of your house and work your way up the wall. This will help to prevent streaking from the soapy water running down your house.
You will want to clean only a few square yards of siding at a time to avoid the area from drying which will result in further staining. I generally wash an area that I can easily reach without having to move very much, If your vinyl siding has a textured surface, you will want to use a brush with soft bristles as a cloth will not get into the ridges of the siding.
Where different materials meet
If you have other materials such as brick, or wood on your home use caution. Covering the these areas so that runoff from your siding will not affect the area is a good option. All areas of your home where 2 different building materials meet such as where wood trim meets the vinyl siding are areas where possible water infiltration could occur.
This is a great time to check and maintain these areas. Look to see that any flashing or caulking in these areas are water tight and shedding water as intended. This is also a great time to seal all cracks or holes to prevent water infiltration. Use a high quality paintable caulking when sealing any problem areas.
Use caution when rinsing these areas as the flashing is intended to shed water running down the siding. Caulking is also intended to be water resistant not water tight. Spraying these areas using a garden hose and not using some common sense. May allow water in get behind the siding that can eventually lead to wood decay.
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If you want to speed the process of cleaning your vinyl siding along, you can buy or rent a power washer.
- Make sure you have read and follow the power washer instructions thoroughly.
- Always make sure you use the power washer pointing downward because if you don’t you will end up with water behind the vinyl siding.
- Set the power washer at the lowest water pressure setting
If you have spots of mold or mildew on your vinyl siding then you can simply use a name brand household cleaner. Always test the cleaner on a small portion of your vinyl siding. Apply it in an inconspicuous place to make sure it will not discolor your siding .
However, I like to use a homemade solution where possible because it saves me money and works as the commercial cleaners.
I have found that the best homemade vinyl siding cleaner solution is 3 parts water to 1 part bleach. Another common homemade solution is mixture of liquid dish soap, liquid bleach, and water. While my homemade solution is cheaper it is not always practical to use. Bleach will harm plants and lawn so be careful where you use it. It is best to just find a siding cleaner that is most convenient and effective for you. Warning : always use caution when spraying bleach around plants because it will kill them
Recommended commercial cleaner to Clean Green Algae off Vinyl Siding
Not all vinyl siding stains are mold or mildew. You may end up with dirt, soot on the outside of your home. If that is the case, there are a number of general cleaners that are approved for use on vinyl siding. I have found that 30 Second Cleaner is a good all around cleaning solution that is not harmful to plants. When using a commercial cleaner always read the label carefully to find out if they are effective and safe for use on vinyl siding .
Increasingly, vinyl siding is being used commonly on home exteriors, this is because it is easy to maintain and is attractive, Cleaning your vinyl siding will keep it in good condition. Before you do, make sure you understand what is necessary and the proper procedure to keep your vinyl siding looking its best.
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