How to: Clean Vinyl Siding

How to Clean Vinyl Siding - GreenVinyl siding is a durable, versatile, and resilient building material, but it does require some routine care and cleaning.

The growing popularity of vinyl siding is indisputable. Indeed, U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that vinyl siding has been the leading exterior cladding in the U.S. since 1995. Its popularity shows no sign of waning; in 2011, 33% of new single-family homes sold in the U.S. were sided in the material.

Because it is an exterior product, vinyl siding can accumulate a host of dirt, grime, and stains on account of things like pollen, bird and insect droppings, spider webs and rust. In shady, moist areas, mold and mildew can grow, and vinyl is also vulnerable to discoloring effects from insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. In addition, vinyl siding’s finish may be marred by a number of commonly used household maintenance products, including caulking, driveway sealant, tar, motor oil and paint.

Luckily, vinyl siding is fairly easy to clean, and there are a wide variety of products to help remove typical stains. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, the best way is to use a soft cloth or an ordinary long-handled, soft-bristle brush. To prevent streaking, start at the bottom and work up towards the top of the house. Thoroughly rinse any cleaning solution as you go.

How to Clean Vinyl Siding - Power-washerSome good cleaning solutions include:

• 70% water, 30% white vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleanser that removes light mold and mildew stains.

• For a stronger solution, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one quart liquid laundry bleach and one gallon of water.

• If you are concerned about landscaping, use a solution comprised of one gallon of water mixed with one cup oxygen bleach in a bucket. The oxygen bleach will clean the vinyl without damaging your landscaping.

• Simple Green offers an environmentally friendly cleaner that is specially formulated for use on vinyl and aluminum siding, stucco, terra cotta roof tiles and painted wood. The non-toxic biodegradable concentrate can be used manually or with pressure washers.

• General household cleansers (e.g., Fantastik, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Windex and Lysol) can be used on tough dirt and stains, including those created by top soil, grass, grease, oil, rust, crayon, ink and bubble gum. Rust stains may be removed using products designed for this purpose (e.g., Super Iron Out and Instant Rust Out).

Another effective way to clean vinyl siding is by using a pressure washer, although some manufacturers advise against it, and other manufacturers recommend a limited amount of pressure.

Source: www.bobvila.com

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Pass the phosphate.please.

Uses of phosphate other then in carbonated soda drinks.
Used in water based paints and coatings.
Used in the Processing of Various Ceramics.
Phosphoric acid-based chemical polishes are used primarily to chemically polish (brighten) aluminum and aluminum alloys.
Many phosphorus-containing materials are used as flame-retardants for textiles, plastics, coatings, paper, sealants and mastics.
Cleaning solutions with phosphates help clean mildew and stubborn stains on vinyl siding.
Metal cleaner, yum good stuff.

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.