Weather, age, and other factors impact the appearance of vinyl siding, which is present on many homes in Illinois. While vinyl siding is generally a low-maintenance product, it needs occasional deep cleaning to continue to look its best. It's important to utilize the following cleaning techniques to avoid damaging the vinyl siding on your home.
Hose down the siding with a garden hose and a spray nozzle, or use a pressure washer set to medium. Make sure the pressure washer spray pattern is wide enough to avoid damaging the siding, and keep moving the nozzle throughout the cleaning process.
If this method doesn't remove all the dirt and grime from the siding, create a cleaning solution that consists of 1 gallon water, 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent, and 2/3 cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) cleaner. Use a bucket for the cleanser, and a long-handled, soft-bristled cleaning brush. Scrub the siding gently, starting at the bottom of the home and working your way up. Finish by rinsing with the hose, beginning at the top and working your way down. "You'll want to prevent water from running behind the siding," explained Rhett Wilborn, owner of Innovative Home Concepts, Inc. "Spray the water even with or downward onto the siding, and spray in the direction of the overlapped joints."
Humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow on vinyl siding; to eliminate it, add one quart of household bleach to each gallon of the cleaning solution, then use a pump sprayer to wet the siding, working from the bottom up. "We recommend allowing the solution to remain on the siding for about 10 minutes, then scrubbing it gently with the brush," added Wilborn. "Rinse the bleach solution off the siding from top to bottom with the hose." Always wear rubber gloves and goggles when using bleach, and don't mix bleach with other chemicals. For more information, please contact:
Innovative Home Concepts, Inc.
4410 IL-176 #1
Crystal Lake, IL 60014