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How to Clean Vinyl Siding

Techniques for cleaning tough-to-remove stains on vinyl siding, trim and gutters

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Clean both easy-to-remove and tough stains from vinyl siding quickly and easily with these simple techniques.

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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

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How to clean vinyl house siding starts by scrubbing siding from the bottom up with a soft-bristle brush.

Photo 2: Tough Stains

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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:

Vinyl Siding Wash Application

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.

Best Vinyl Siding Cleaner to Buy:

  1. Krud Kutter Exterior Siding Cleaner. Get this 3.5 star-rated vinyl siding cleaner on Amazon for about $10.
  2. Rust-Oleum Jomax House Cleaner. Get this 4.5 star-rated vinyl siding cleaner on Amazon for about $18.
  3. Simple Green House and Siding Cleaner. Get this 4 star-rated vinyl siding cleaner on Amazon for about $20.
  4. Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner. Get this 4.5 star-rated vinyl siding cleaner on Amazon for about $11.
  5. Home Armor E-Z House Wash. Get this 4.5 star-rated vinyl siding cleaner on Amazon for about $19.

Required Tools to Clean Vinyl Siding

Have the necessary tools for this DIY how to clean vinyl siding project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Bucket
  • Nylon scrub pad
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Sponge

Required Tools to Clean Vinyl Siding

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Ammonia
  • General purpose cleaner
  • Non-abrasive bathtub cleaner

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