Vinyl Siding Maintenance Tips for Springtime
Vinyl siding is a long-lasting and stylish home element, but it requires periodic cleaning to retain its good looks. Dust, dirt, mold, stains and mildew are likely to accumulate with time, but with the right resources, you can fix that!
Cleaning directions are generally accessible from manufacturers of vinyl siding. If you can’t access the instructions and aren’t sure what kind of vinyl siding you have, your restoration services providers will be happy to help. Here are some tips.
Wear protective clothing, latex gloves, goggles to cover your eyes and a face mask to avoid exposure to fumes of cleaning agents—clear outdoor items such as toys and any objects around the area that might get in the way. If you’re using a ramp or a ladder, let someone hold it as a precautionary measure.
Protect Your Belongings
Siding and roof repair contractors advise closing all windows and doors to avoid water seeping into your home. Protect plants and landscaping with protective cloths or plastic to avoid exposure to cleaning materials. Switch off and unplug or cover lightings and electronic equipment with plastic sheets.
Tips on Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Clean your vinyl siding using a water hose fitted with a hose nozzle or a power washer mounted to a moderate spray pattern. While hosing down or power washing your vinyl siding, check the following:
Ensure that the power washer spray isn’t forceful enough to damage your siding.
Begin power washing at the bottom, then work your way towards the upper portion, then rinse from the top working your way down.
Spray through the siding in line with the overlapping joints.
If extra cleaning is needed, apply a cleaning solution to a pressure washer or combine 1/3 cup laundry detergent, 2/3 cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner with one gallon of water in a container. Dip a thick, fluffy bristled brush thoroughly into the solution, then scrub the vinyl surface gently working at the bottom, aiming upward. Continue by flushing the cleaning solution with a water hose, aiming the nozzle at the top and making your way down.
For stubborn spots, add baking soda to the solution as this will help eliminate stains. Using a tiny brush or washcloth to scrub uptight nooks will finish up the task.
At Sprague Construction Roofing, we make sure that all your construction needs from gutter repair to siding installation will be handled properly. Give us a call at (406) 534-1222 (Billings), (307) 578-8765 (Cody) or (970) 514-4415. You can also fill out our contact form to set a consultation. We serve clients in Cody, Wyoming and Billings, MT.