Vinyl siding is incredibly easy to maintain, and extremely durable. You should periodically inspect the siding for damage from hailstorms or rocks thrown from the lawn mower, but basically, siding only needs to be washed once a year. The best way to clean your vinyl siding is with a pressure washer. If you purchase or rent the right machine, homeowners whose property consists of two stories will be able to avoid the use of ladders.
The benefits of pressure washing
Additionally, pressure washing helps to save water while providing the scrubbing power to clean difficult corners and remove stubborn stains. A pressure washer is a great investment for any homeowner. It can also be used to clean your decks, as well as to prep your home for paint jobs and even to wash your car. Some equipment rental stores also allow you to rent pressure washers if you are not ready to purchase one. For vinyl siding, it is recommended to use a pressure washer that provides around 2,500-3,000 psi. If you purchase a pressure washer that is too strong, you take the risk of buying a machine that is dangerous and that can potentially damage your home or yourself.
Other tools you will need:
- Siding cleaning detergent
- A garden hose
- Protective covering or plastic drop cloths
- Gloves and safety goggles
Safety is always your first priority. Make sure that you are on solid footing when you are power washing. Also, close all windows and cover any sensitive plants or breakable pots. Several models of pressure washers are electric. This makes electrocution is an issue, so be sure to cover electrical outlets and avoid spraying outdoor lights.
Remember, the object is to clean, not abrade, so always maintain a distance of 3 to 5 feet between you and the siding. Be sure that you have an adequate water supply by using a large enough garden hose; check the pressure before washing the siding of your home. Spray a section at a time with detergent, and then rinse it with pressure. If mildew or stains are present, make a solution of diluted bleach instead of detergent. Apply detergent from the bottom up, and when rinsing the detergent, avoid streaks by starting at the top and working your way down. Always rinse with fresh water until all of the detergent has been removed.
Vinyl siding repair and installation in the Triad area
If you are looking for repair or installation of vinyl siding for your home, you will be pleased with the expert vinyl siding services from Triad Installations. They have almost 30 years of experience with siding made of vinyl. If your house is comprised of clapboard, Masonite siding, asbestos shingles, cedar siding, or other wood-based siding, call Triad Installations of Greensboro, NC, for a free estimate and information regarding the advantages of vinyl siding.