Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Our partners at DoItBest produced a great video about how to properly clean vinyl siding. As we all know, vinyl siding can really lose its luster as it gets dirty, so working a proper cleaning regimen into your yearly home maintenance is a must. Here were a few of the key points:

  • Find a house wash product that will fit your cleaning needs. If you have lots of mold and mildew stains on your siding, find a product that is specially formulated to take care of that. Check product labels to determine how much you’ll need for the size of your home. Black Lumber would love to help you pick out the product that will be best for you!
  • Other items you might need are plastic bags and plastic sheeting, a roll of masking or duct tape, a long garden hose, and a soft-bristled brush with an extension handle. You can find all of these and more at Black Lumber.
  • Before you start cleaning, do a spot test to be sure the cleaning product will not ruin the appearance of your siding. Turn off the power to your home’s exterior lights and electric panel and cover them with plastic bags/sheeting. Be sure to close any windows and doors and cover any parts of your home that might be affected by the cleaning products, such as brick, plants, etc.
  • When spraying the cleaner, work in sections of about 4 to 5 feet wide. Wet the section before spraying on the cleaner. Start spraying from the bottom and work your way up.
  • Use your soft-bristled brush across the siding after spraying to help scrub away any stuck on dirt or stains.
  • After letting the siding sit with the cleaning product for a few minutes, rinse with water. Spray just as before, starting at the bottom and working your way up in sections about 4 to 5 feet wide. Be sure to rinse each section before spraying the cleaner on the next section to avoid any staining or streaking.
  • Before cleaning your siding, be sure to check any warranty and special care information about the siding on your home. For best results, carefully read and follow any instructions on the house wash product labels.

Black Lumber is your source for all your home improvement needs and remember… all the DoItBest products in this video can be ordered online and either shipped here for pickup or shipped directly to you.


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