A clean and properly maintained home is an important step towards getting your home sold. In today’s market, it can be tough to get your home noticed and stand out from the crowd. Cleaning your vinyl siding is cheap, it’s easy and it can easily help lead sales from curb appeal.
Unfortunately, many people rent pressure washers or soak vinyl siding in toxic chemicals like bleach or chlorine. Neither of these methods are beneficial to you or your home and can easily damage vinyl siding. Stay away from pressurized water and caustic chemicals always when cleaning vinyl siding.
The first thing you need to do is locate the first vinyl wall in an optimal temperature range. Not to hot in direct sunlight, and not to cold in freezing shade. Picking the right wall at the right time also helps combat future mold growth.
Soak the wall with an adjustable water nozzle. Let the wall get wet from the top down, without getting the water to shoot under the bottom rows of the vinyl. Water can get between these two layers at the right angle and under the right amount of water pressure.
A five gallon bucket filled ¾’s of the way with water and two scoops of oxygenated bleach. “It’s Billy Mays here with Oxy Clean.” Yeah. You remember the guy. He helped make the masses aware of one of the cleaning trade’s secrets for years. Oxygenated bleach.
This powder of pure oxygen, literally scrubs free bacteria, mold and other dirt, dust and debris that tends to cling to vinyl siding. And because vinyl siding tends to loose electrons during hot and cold spells, it get electrostatic, thereby creating a magnetic field that attracts and holds dust and debris to its surface. Oxygenated bleach removes that stato-electric bond and repels it for a few months in the future.
Use a bottled hose feeder to spread oxygenated bleach concentrate onto high walls. Scrub with an extension brush. Rinse down the wall after the vinyl is clean with a high pressure nozzle hose.
What to avoid
There are certain things you want to avoid when your cleaning vinyl siding. Water shooting directly into seams for more than a few seconds can be a disaster you may want to avoid.
Soffit is another area of the vinyl siding you may want to avoid spraying with a hose or other high pressure water. It can collapse in causing a home maintenance nightmare.
Chemicals other than oxygenated bleach. Even dish soap can poison the surrounding land for months for plants that are close to the house. Bleaches, chlorines and other cleaning solutions counteract with the vinyl sidings molecular structure and sunlight, counteracting its lifelong stability and creating it to degrade over time.