Clean both easy-to-remove and tough stains from vinyl siding quickly and easily with these simple techniques.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
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Techniques for vinyl siding wash cleaning
This is how to clean vinyl siding like a pro – even the worst stains! Plus, the best vinyl siding wash to buy and how to make a homemade vinyl siding cleaner.
Photo 1: Basic vinyl siding cleaning
How to clean vinyl house siding starts by scrubbing siding from the bottom up with a soft-bristle brush.
Photo 2: Tough Stains
Clean tough stains off with a nonabrasive cleaner or a homemade vinyl siding cleaner of soap and water, that won’t damage the surface of the vinyl.
How to Make the Best Homemade Vinyl Cleaner
Vinyl siding usually cleans up easily with nothing more than a homemade vinyl siding cleaner of soap and water, and a yearly scrubbing will keep it looking new. For basic vinyl siding wash cleaning, use general-purpose vinyl siding cleaning solution mixed with warm water. To make your own vinyl cleaner you’ll need:
Apply the vinyl siding cleaning solution with a soft-bristle cleaning brush, scrubbing the full length of each lap (Photo 1). Start at the bottom to avoid streaking, and use your garden hose to rinse off each section before it dries. Plus, Get the details right when you install vinyl siding and you’ll save yourself hours of frustration later on. These 13 simple vinyl installation tips will help.
When a Spot Won’t Budge Try This:
For tough spots like paint drips, tar, and pencil and pen marks, use a nonabrasive bathtub cleaner or nylon scrub pad (Photo 2). Use ammonia cleaners or a solution of 1 part bleach in 4 parts water to clean mold and mildew stains. (However, never mix ammonia and bleach.) Rinse thoroughly while the siding is still wet.
Caution:Don’t use paint thinner, nail polish remover, spot removers, paint remover, straight chlorine bleach or furniture cleaner on vinyl. These types of cleaners can damage the surface of the siding.