If you have recently covered your home in vinyl siding, you are most likely enjoying the new appearance of your home. To keep your vinyl siding looking as nice as it does now, you will need to do some routine maintenance regularly so it does not become grungy looking, faded, or covered in mold. Here are some steps you should take in cleaning your vinyl siding so it continues looking like new for years to come.
Take a walk around your home at least once a month to take a close look at your vinyl siding. If you notice a spot where the siding comes loose, pop it back into place by lifting up the section above it. Simply hook the loose piece into the groove at the bottom of the attached piece. Take notation of spots that seem dirty so you can give them extra attention.
When you decide it is time to give your siding a cleaning, there are a few preparations to make. Take down any hanging plants and cover plants around the perimeter of the home so they do not become destroyed by any chemicals or pressurized water you use to clean your home. Check that all electrical outlets do not have anything plugged into them so there is no risk of ruined electronics and to avoid fire risk. Close all windows so you do not come back inside to a water-damaged room.
When cleaning your vinyl siding, you will first want to rinse the entire home to remove surface dirt. Start at a section near the top of your home and work your way down. Pour a commercial-grade vinyl cleaner into some water to dilute it according to the package directions. Wrap an old towel around the bristles on a whisk broom and secure it into place using some duck tape. Dip the towel into the cleaning solution and wipe down each vinyl panel. Do the work in small sections and rinse after you have cleaned a few rows of panels so the cleaner does not dry on the vinyl.
Mildew can become a problem on vinyl siding if it is not removed in a timely manner. If you notice areas where mildew is beginning to settle due to moist conditions, mix a cup of bleach in a gallon of water and use the solution to scrub it away from the surface. The bleach will kill mold spores, stopping the mildew from spreading. Use a soft bristle brush so you do not scratch the vinyl during the mildew removal process.
To get professional help with your siding, contact a company such as New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc.