The exterior of your house sees a lot of wear and tear, especially if you live in a particularly weather-prone climate. No matter where you are geographically, though, your house is going to need a good clean every once in a while.
Though there are more than 15 different kinds of siding on the market, your house most likely has vinyl siding as vinyl is the number one siding option in the United States. For a quality exterior house cleaning, you may want to hire a house washing company or pressure washing service. However, if you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, here are some tips for washing vinyl siding.
How to Wash Vinyl Siding in Six Easy Steps
- Choose the right pressure washer: Your first step will be to purchase a high-quality tool for cleaning your house. If you live in a one-story home, an electric pressure washer will be strong enough. However, for a two-story house, you will want to consider a gas-powered washer to get to the high, hard-to-reach areas.
- Get the best cleaning solution: Only use cleaning solutions that say ?approved for pressure washer use? on the label. Other solvents could cause damage to the internal components of the pressure washer.
- Apply the solution: In smooth, overlapping strokes, gently apply the cleaning solution to the siding under low pressure. Start from the bottom and work up in order to prevent streaking.
- Get the tough spots: Use a rotating brush to loosen and remove thick layers of dirt. Scrub gently.
- Let it sit: Allow the cleaning solution to sit for five to 10 minutes. Be careful not to let it dry on the vinyl siding.
- Spray away: Here?s the fun part! It?s time to turn up the pressure and spray away! Make sure you are not spraying directly at eaves, vents, windows, light fixtures, etc. Strong water pressure can knock out window panes or even break the glass. Always keep the angle of the wand pointed down so that you do not spray underneath the horizontal siding, which could cause the siding to buckle under pressure. Start at the top and work your way down.