Vinyl siding plays a very important role in any home. Not only can it help protect your home against tough weather conditions, but it can also help insulate your home better. In the long run, it’ll help you reduce your energy cost and allow you to save some money. Vinyl siding is also very environmentally friendly. It’s energy-efficient, produces less waste materials during manufacture and installation, and needs less maintenance compared to wood siding.
However, just because vinyl siding doesn’t need that much maintenance like wood siding does, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to give it a regular cleaning. You still have to clean it once in a while to maintain your home’s value and prevent mold and mildew from growing on it.
If you have a pressure washer at home, then use it. Pressure washing your home’s vinyl siding is the best way to clean it.
Make Sure the Setting and Cleaning Product is Appropriate
Before you use the equipment, see to it that the setting is set right. Adjust the nozzle and start at a low-pressure mode. If you’re unsure, check your owner’s manual and see to it that you’re using the appropriate setting for vinyl siding.
In addition to checking your setting, you also need to make sure that you’re using the right cleaning product for the machine. So before you purchase cleaning products for your pressure washer, always check the label of the box and see to it that it can be used safely for your machine.
Prepare the Area to be Washed
If there are cracks in the vinyl siding, then seal them up first before you use pressure washer on them. Not only can the water’s force widen the cracks, but it’ll also drench the area. Water will seep into the cracks, and the trapped moisture can speed up the deterioration process of the wall. Of note though; allow the sealant to thoroughly dry first before you give the vinyl siding a good washing. To be sure, one week’s time is enough for the sealant to dry.
If there are no cracks or if one week has passed and the sealant is dry, cover the surrounding plants to protect them against the water spray. You also need to remove flower pots from the area as well as relocate patio furniture. In addition to this, close all the doors and windows, and if there are any electrical outlets near the areas to be washed, then cover them with plastic. You don’t want them to get wet.
Proper Power Washer Technique
In cleaning the vinyl siding using a power washer, always start from top to bottom. This way, dirty water will run down and prevent streaking. You also need to wash from left to right.
If there are stains too difficult to remove, then simply use a brush. Scrub away at the stain in a circular motion, starting from the inside of the stain to the outside. Take care though that you don’t damage the vinyl siding.
Power washing your vinyl siding saves you a lot of time, but if you don’t have this machine, then rent one or get in touch with your local cleaner and have the siding professionally washed.
Jennifer Daniels is an online writer who specializes in home maintenance tips and DIY cleaning articles. She’s currently writing for a San Jose exterior cleaning company.