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Spring Cleaning 101: Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options for homes in the United States. It makes a great addition to any home because it is both affordable and durable. Unfortunately, however, moisture and other outdoor elements can cause a dark that can stain and damage vinyl siding.  For that reason, it is important to maintain vinyl siding by cleaning it on a regular basis.

This week, we’re going to dive into the basics of how to clean your siding so you can keep your home looking like new!

SUPPLIES

Before you dive into cleaning the siding on your home, you are going to need a few supplies.  So, stop by your local home improvement store and grab these essentials.

  • Oxygen Bleach or Vinyl Cleaning Solution
  • Gentle Scrub Brushes
  • Buckets
  • Pressure Washer (Optional)

SOLUTION

There are a number of different options for creating a homemade vinyl cleaning solution. The first way is to purchase a vinyl cleaning solution from the home improvement store and mix it according to the directions on the packaging or mix one part oxygen bleach solution (like OxyClean) with one part water. Some homeowners also opt for more organic solutions such as white vinegar mixed with water.

Note: Check the ingredients in the solution you are using to ensure it is free of harsh cleaners like degreaser or acetone.  These ingredients can cause extensive damage to vinyl siding.

PROCESS

Once your solution is mixed, it’s time to get to work! Apply the solution generously to the siding and scrub gently with your scrub brush.  Scrubbing in a circular motion helps to banish stains faster and clean the crevices of the siding. Once you have scrubbed the siding, you can choose to use a pressure washer to finish off the job.  Just be sure to point the pressure washer straight ahead so the water doesn’t go up and behind the siding and cause damage to your home.

Following this simple process each spring will help you maintain your home and keep it looking great all year long! But, if you find yourself in need of new siding, just call the professionals at Beltway Builders! We are here to help!

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