If you have siding on your home, you know how easy it is to take care of it. But even vinyl needs some TLC every once in a while so it stays looking new over the years. Perhaps you have been noticing that your siding looks discolored or even a little green. This could be pollen accumulation, especially if you live in a wooded area. It could also be buildup of organic growth such as algae.
Whatever the case, it’s detracting from the look of your home. You spent a lot of money to side your home in vinyl. It’s time to clean it up! Here are some tips on how you can ensure your vinyl siding looks its best through all seasons.
Clean Your Exteriors Once a Year
You can hire a professional to power wash your home, but you can also do it yourself with a more hands-on approach. Do this at least once a year, as the longer you go between cleanings, the harder it will be to get all that dirt off. Use a soft cloth or a soft-bristled brush with a long handle, starting at the base and working your way up. This can take a while, so make sure you dedicate the weekend to it or ask a friend for help. It’s best to leave power washing up to the pros, as they know the exact amount of pressure to use that won’t harm your vinyl siding.
Trim and Cover Vegetation
Before you even start cleaning, you should take steps to protect your plants and shrubs immediately around the house. Use a tarp or plastic cover. This way, the soap and chemicals won’t get on them and they will remain healthy. No need to use bleach; vinegar will kill mold and mildew. Bleach can also whiten the mulch around the property, and can be harmful if breathed in.
Make sure your regularly trim back your bushes and trees so no branches overhang your siding and poke at it.
Choose the Right Solution
Certain chemicals can harm your vinyl finish, so it’s important to find a safe, quality cleaning product. You can make your own mixture with 70% water and 30% vinegar. Start by rinsing the house first to get it went. Then apply the solution and gently scrub in a circular motion. Rinse again and allow to dry. Spend more time on areas that have more dirt accumulation.
Keep the Grill Away from House
Position your grill well away from your vinyl siding, as the heat can warp the panels. Place your grill at least three feet away from the house exterior when using it.
Never Paint Vinyl Siding
The beauty of vinyl siding is that you never have to paint your house again. Don’t make trouble for yourself by painting it! The heat from the sun will warp the vinyl underneath the new paint. Latex or oil paint won’t adhere to vinyl siding anyway.
Inspect Your Exteriors
Every month or so, go outside and take a look at your house from a distance. Use binoculars to get the best views so you don’t have to climb any ladders. Does anything look off? Where are the areas of the most dirt? Do you see any cracked pieces of vinyl or pieces that may have broken off? This should be fixed right away, as those areas can leave your home vulnerable to pests and moisture.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding for All of Your Vinyl Siding Needs
If you need more tips on cleaning your siding or you don’t have vinyl siding yet and want it, contact us at 800-851-0900 for a free quote.