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Tips & Tricks: Vinyl Siding Maintenance

You only get one chance at a first impression, and the same goes for your home. From our yards, to our windows, aside from you, no one appreciates a well-kept exterior more than your neighbors, and your wife. It is easy to tackle the landscaping and regular maintenance on our homes, but many people overlook giving their actual home a good scrub down. So let’s talk vinyl siding… we all love it for its durability, and adaptability, but this ever-popular material does require some maintenance, however, you’ll be happy to know that all that maintenance is very easy. There is a wealth of information out there on how to keep after your vinyl siding, so but we found one article that covered all the bases. Insert, Bob Vila, here’s what he has to say:

• 70% water, 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleanser that removes light mold and mildew stains.

Mold and mildew stains on vinyl siding.

Mold and mildew stains on vinyl siding.

• For a stronger solution, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of water.

• If you are concerned about landscaping, use a solution comprised of one gallon of water mixed with one cup oxygen bleach in a bucket. The oxygen bleach will clean the vinyl without damaging your landscaping.

• Simple Green offers an environmentally friendly cleaner that is specially formulated for use on vinyl and aluminum siding, stucco, terra cotta roof tiles and painted wood. The non-toxic biodegradable concentrate can be used manually or with pressure washers.

• General household cleansers (e.g., Fantastik, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Windex and Lysol) can be used on tough dirt and stains, including those created by top soil, grass, grease, oil, rust, crayon, ink and bubble gum. Rust stains may be removed using products designed for this purpose (e.g., Super Iron Out and Instant Rust Out).

Another effective way to clean vinyl siding is by using a pressure washer, although some manufacturers advise against it, and other manufacturers recommend a limited amount of pressure.

Getting down and close to lower parts of your vinyl siding may be one of the best ways to make sure you have a thorough cleaning.

Getting down and close to lower parts of your vinyl siding may be one of the best ways to make sure you have a thorough cleaning.

If using a pressure washer, be sure to keep the stream at eye level and pointed straight at the siding, not at an angle. That way, you won’t drive water in behind the siding. Use caution when using a pressure washer around openings like windows, doors, and plumbing connections.

Avoid using any cleaning products that contain organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture polish or cleaners. Any of these products might damage the vinyl siding’s surface. Also, avoid using highly-abrasive scrubbers or steel wool; these, too, can cause damage.

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Like we said, all these tips are super easy to tackle, and it will keep your house looking like the best one on the block. For more information on the types of vinyl siding we offer, or more information on maintenance, tips/tricks give us at call at 708-479-1237, we’d love to hear from you!