Mold Busters (Or How to Clean Vinyl Siding)

 width=As I mentioned earlier this week, we are on Phase 1 of Operation Paint Our Shutters, which is a thrill for me. Phase 1 of painting the shutters led to another house project, cleaning the vinyl siding. Ooh, now that’s a homeowner’s high if I ever heard of one (hope you caught that sarcasm). But clean it must get.

Check out this mold (this side of the house gets very little sun, thus the mold). Yup, cause now I’m showing mold on the blog. You’re welcome.

With the shutters down we thought it was a great time to get a clean, shiny vinyl house. Well, at least in the parts where we have vinyl. I am really appreciating the rest of our house that is brick.

 width=To clean the vinyl we picked up Clorox Pro Results Exterior to attach to our hose.

It’s a very easy process in theory: just spray, scrub and spray again. Yet it’s also a back-breaking chore. Look at my muscley husband taking control of that mold. Go get ‘em mold buster.

He first sprayed down the mold with the cleaner attached to the hose. Then he took the scrub brush to it and sprayed it down with the cleaner again. As a final hoorah, he sprayed it with a strong stream of regular water from the hose. He took that process to the side of the house and front of the house and the windows.

Now here is our mold free home.

Really, it is beautiful to see a mold free house. And when you touch it, it’s literally squeaky clean. So nice for a clean freak like myself. Now, when our nice, newly painted shutters go up on the house it will be all sparkly clean and fresh looking. So fresh and so clean, clean.

PS – From my research I have read that you shouldn’t pressure wash vinyl siding as it can create too much force and hurt the vinyl siding. Just a tip I picked up along the way.

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Need to change some windows

Older home , originally had wood windows.....someone changed them to aluminum in the 70's.....now they want vinyl.easy enough to do....but they have had that vinyl siding put on the house , and wrapped the ext. window frames in vinyl siding...is this stuff just nailed on ? I couldnt get a good look because it was up high...i dont want to start pulling it off and find out its going to ruin something ??? anyone experience this before

Cont.. from above......

It is harder to get a DBL pane pack made seperate, but they exist, and it is so easy to change in vinyl. To clean use acetone or goo gone and it will look like it did the day they installed, and small nicks could be done with white caulking if need be.
Your not the only one that doesn't clean, but you have to admit then vinyl can come clean, wood only does it with sanding and the mess. There is no doubt that wood windows look better and more historic, and if that is what you want then great it is a personal choice and having this conversation with yourself to determine what is important

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  — WatertownDailyTimes.com
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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  • Avatar Cracker Jack How can I clean green stuff off my vinyl siding?
    Apr 20, 2008 by Cracker Jack | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    The neighbors have lilac bushes planted about 15 ft from my house. This spring green mold or something from the bushes is on the side of my house. It really looks nasty because my house is yellow. What do you recommend I use to clean it that won't hurt the vinyl. I have used Dawn and it wont phase it.

    • Armorall actually sells a product for cleaning vinyl siding and it works great . As the other person said..DO NOT BLEACH!!! There is also a product called Spray-9

  • Avatar louigi My vinyl siding on my 2 story house has green mold & black mildew & dirt on it, any suggestions for cleaning?
    Jan 09, 2010 by louigi | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs
    • The best solution to this is a pressure washer with a brush. some hardware stores sell a liquid soap specifically made to wash vinyl siding with a pressure washer. follow its directions, it works really well.

  • Avatar Rob Mold growing on side of the house?
    May 24, 2007 by Rob | Posted in Other - Home & Garden

    The side of the house (located in south Texas) has some mold growing outside on the wood paneling. I'd like to hear suggestions of the best way to get rid of this.

    Presumably there are store products, but if there are home-made remedies (e.g bleach, etc) I'd like to hear them.

    Thanks.

    • My house (east texas) is vinyl siding and bleach has worked very good in removing the stains and mold...the store brand products work great as well....there is also a cleaner called "Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner" and another purple colored all purpose cleaner that will work great (sorry I can't rmember the name of the purple stuff)