Climbing Plants Vinyl Siding

How to Remove Ivy From Vinyl Siding on a House

Grody old vinyl siding and

When controlled on the right surfaces, ivy can enhance a home.


Ivy grows as a ground cover and as a climbing vine. The plant has heart-shaped leaves that stay green year-round. When the plant begins to climb, it puts out tendrils with cuplike pads. These little pads attach to the surfaces of trees, mortar, vinyl, wood and glass. A sort of adhesive oozes out of the pads to hold the vine in place. Ivy must be contained or it can cause severe damage. Vinyl siding is particularly vulnerable, because the ivy vine can grow in between the siding joints. Extra care and a lot of elbow grease are needed to remove ivy from vinyl siding on a house.

Skill level: Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning loppers
  • Pruning saw
  • Stiff-bladed plastic putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Extension ladder
  • Spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner
  • Stiff-bristled scrub brush
  • Garden hose

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Follow each vine of the ivy down to the roots and cut it off with a pair of pruning shears. Use a pair of pruning loppers or a pruning saw to cut through the larger vines. Let the ivy attached to the vinyl siding dry out completely. The more dry and brittle the better. This may take a few weeks. When the leaves of the ivy crumble in your hand, it's probably dry enough to proceed with removal.

  2. 2

    Climb a ladder to reach the parts of the vine highest on the wall. Locate the cuplike pads and gently scrape them off the siding with a stiff plastic putty knife. Don't pull out on the vine or you might damage the vinyl. Look for areas where the vines have grown into the joints between the vinyl panels. Cut the vine at these locations with a utility knife. Work your way down the wall until you have removed all of the ivy vines and cuplike pads.

  3. 3

    Climb the ladder with a bottle of all-purpose cleaner and spray all of the adhesive residue left on the siding from the ivy's tendrils. Allow the cleaner to thoroughly saturate these areas. Scrub them with a stiff-bristled, nylon brush and then rinse the siding with a garden hose. Rinse from the top of the wall to the bottom. Do not spray the water upward or moisture will get behind the siding.


Permatex Spray Nine 26832 Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant, 32 oz.
Automotive Alt (Permatex)
  • Professional-strength cleaner and disinfectant to power off tough soils fast
  • Only one product necessary to effectively clean, degrease, disinfect, remove stains, control mold and mildew, and deodorize
  • Kills bacteria and viruses in 45 seconds
  • Ready-to-use cleaner, custom formulated for fast cleanup
  • Suggested applications include tools, tires, vinyl, stainless steel, engines, plastic, rubber, walls and ceilings, concrete, sinks, showers and bathtubs, etc

You might also like:

How to clean vinyl siding and gutters
How to clean vinyl siding and gutters
How to Get a Stain Off Vinyl Siding
How to Get a Stain Off Vinyl Siding

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  —
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.

Meguiar's Meguiar's Marine & RV Fiberglass Restoration System
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Meguiar's)
  • Three step process to restore fiberglass gelcoats
  • Oxidation remover takes care of wear
  • Polish restores brilliant gloss
  • Pure wax provides durable protection for surface
Wet and Forget Wet and Forget 10587 1 Gallon Moss, Mold and Mildew Stain Remover
Home Improvement (Wet and Forget)
  • Non-caustic, Non-acidic, Contains no bleach
  • Safe on any outdoor surface
  • One step process
  • No scrubbing or rinsing required
  • Safe around plants
Simple Green Industrial - Geneva Simple Green 18201 House and Siding Cleaner, 1 Gallon Bottle
BISS (Simple Green Industrial - Geneva)
  • Simple Green house and siding cleaner is specially formulated to remove environmental pollution, dirt and grime from vinyl and aluminum siding, stucco, terra cotta...
  • It is also a perfect choice for use on shake, shingle or panel siding
  • This powerful formula was developed to be used with pressure washing systems or to be used manually as a powerful house, siding, and roof cleaner
  • Safe for vinyl and aluminum siding, stucco, painted wood, shake, shingle or panel siding
  • Safe for pressure washing machinery or for manual application, makes over 11 gallons of cleaning solution for manual application
KRUD KUTTER KRUD KUTTER RC32 Red Clay Stain Remover, 32-Ounce
Home Improvement (KRUD KUTTER)
  • Water based, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-flammable and xylene-free
  • Safe for use at home and work
  • From the most trusted name in serious, non-solvent cleaning Krud Kutter
  • Super concentrated, ready to use formula

Related posts:

  1. Aluminum, Vinyl Siding
  2. Cleaning vinyl siding stains
  3. Average cost for vinyl siding
  4. Painting exterior vinyl siding
  5. Painting Metal Siding

  • 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.