A Guide on How to Clean Vinyl Siding
Usually Vinyl siding is the part of the house where most homeowners forget to clean. We focus more on cleaning every nook and cranny inside the house and only notice fifth clinging to your vinyl siding when it has accumulated. However, the fact is that knowing how to operate some equipment is the secret behind doing some proper vinyl cleaning job. While you could do it with a ladder and a rag the old long way, using a pressure or power washer is the best option as it is most effective and quickest and more convenient way you can clean your siding. The process of cleaning the vinyl siding can be easy and bear fruits if you follow these step by step guide on how you can use a power washer to clean the siding and how you can protect the landscaping while cleaning.
Even if you are aware that that the siding looks dirty and a bit stained, take a closer look. Before rushing to clean it conduct an inspection to get the status if your siding. Get in close and look for any opening. Find out if the vinyl have cracks that may be letting water in. Also, make sure that all of your windows are closed and that each of them is sealed properly. Any crack on any of your window could allow water to seep in the house while pressure washing.
A majority of people have some plant life and foliage on their lawn. If you have some foliage near the wall the walls, you will not want them damaged by the siding cleaner you are going to spray. You can protect your plants very easy by just watering them. Water the plants until the ground is finally saturated and damp. This way, when the soapy water drips down the wall to the soil, it won’t be absorbed as the soil is already saturated with water. The water mixed with soap will likely run off than be taken in by your plants, therefore preventing them from drying.
Pressure or power washers will do a great thing, however, using them is not that easy. Most of the cleaning is done once or twice a year, and it is best that you rent one it will be more cost effective. However, you have a lot of parts of your house that will need regular cleaning using a pressure washer then buy one.
It is advisable that you practice using the equipment first with water alone without putting in soap. You do this by cleaning your driveway first to get used to the pressure. Once you are now convinced you can use the washer, load the cleanser into the machine. From there, you can now start the cleaning.