Knowing about vinyl siding maintenance is essential the upkeep of your home’s exterior. These tips are simple and easy and will keep your vinyl siding looking great.
Wash the siding with a long-handled soft-bristled brush designed for car washing (that way you’ll be sure it won’t scratch the surface.) Start at the bottom and work your way upwards to prevent streaking. Be careful to keep your hose pointed straight at the house and not pointed upwards so it does not drive water behind the siding. This could cause mildew or mold. Use a mild detergent so you don’t damage the siding. A solution of dish soap and water will work well. Start by rinsing the siding and then scrub with the soapy solution. Make sure to rinse well before the soap dries.
Remove mold and mildew spots with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 3 cups water and a sponge. Common household cleaners like Fantastik or Spic & Span can be used to clean other spots. Do not use harsh cleaners with organic solvents or other abrasive solutions like undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture polish or cleaners that could damage the siding. If you’re unsure if the cleaner is safe, test a small inconspicuous spot first.
To prevent water from seeping in and damaging the walls beneath or creating mold recaulk the joints between the siding and the trim. Attend to any leaky roofs or gutters immediately so moisture doesn’t get behind the siding. Vinyl siding doesn’t rot like wood but it can crack or puncture. Trim shrubs and trees next to the house so they don’t scratch or damage the siding, especially during storms. High winds can pull the thin panels off. Make sure there are no loose sections before major storms.
Vinyl siding is a durable and last way to keep your house looking great. But as with any outdoor item exposed to the elements, it still needs some regular maintenance.