How to Clean Your Home’s Sidings

How to Clean Your Home's Sidings

How to Clean Your Home’s Sidings

         Your home is what shields you from the elements and keeps you safe.  Your home’s roof is the main defense because most of the damaging elements fall from the sky.  Sidings on your home’s walls are also important in keeping your home protected as well as helping create a more stable, comfortable inside.  Maintaining and keeping your sidings clean will help prolong the life of your sidings by preventing them from deteriorating.

 

Siding Types

    There are several types of sidings you will find on homes such as vinyl, wood, and stucco; vinyl being the most popular because there is almost no maintenance.  For the most part, the methods of cleaning your sidings could be used on most siding material. There are a few steps to take before starting the cleaning process and several different solutions that could be mixed for cleaning based on the needs and material.  If your sidings are made of stucco, it is best to hire a professional to clean them because of the risk of water damage in the seams.

    Before you start cleaning your sidings, check to see if there is any damage.  If you find any damaged areas, repair or replace them so cleaning doesn’t cause any further damage.  Do not use undiluted bleach, organic solvents, furniture polish, steel wool, or abrasive scrubbers to clean your sidings.  It is okay to use a cloth or a soft scrub brush. Once you decide on what type of cleaning solution to use, clean a small area that isn’t noticeable and wait 24-48 hours to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface.  

 

Cleaning Solutions

There are several solutions that could be mixed to clean your sidings.  If you choose to pressure wash your sidings, spray the solution before you start to pressure wash and clean from top to bottom to prevent dirt from dripping and streaking the clean areas.  Also, use limited amounts of pressure to prevent damage. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your sidings because some materials used in sidings are not recommended for pressure washing such as wood because of potential damage.  If you are washing your siding by hand, immediately rinse after scrubbing.

Here are several solutions that could be used to clean sidings:

 

This solution is good for killing mold and mildew:

-70% water & 30% vinegar

 

If you need a stronger cleaner for tough stains use this solution:

1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent

2/3 cup powdered household cleaner

1 quart of bleach

1 gallon of water

 

If you have landscaping around your house that could get damaged by the cleaning solution you could purchase an environmentally friendly cleaner or use this solution:

1 gallon of water

1 cup of oxygen bleach

     

It is recommended that you clean your sidings at least once a year. Keeping your sidings clean will help prevent the growth of unsightly mildew and mold.   This could also cause deterioration that could leave home unable to do the job it is supposed to do: protect what is inside.