Don't Have A Pressure Washer? Learn How To Clean Your Vinyl Siding Without One

One of the fastest ways to clean vinyl siding is with a pressure washer. However, if you do not have a pressure washer and are not interested in renting one, you may be looking for ways to clean your vinyl siding. Cleaning vinyl siding helps to remove dirt, debris, mold, and mildew which can make it look dirty and discolored. Here are the steps you will want to follow to clean your vinyl siding without the use of a pressure washer:

Spray Down Your Plants and Grass

Before you even begin to clean the siding of your home, take the time to wet your plants and grass that are near the areas where you will be working. The cleaning solutions that you use to clean the siding can be dangerous to your plants. Hosing them down makes them less likely to absorb the liquid that falls from your house. If you have plants that are sensitive to these cleaning agents or are important to you, cover them with a tarp or paint cloth to keep them safe as you clean the siding. 

Prepare Your Cleaning Mixture

There are two different products which can be used to clean the siding on your home. They both are effective at removing dirt, debris, mildew, and mold, so it is simply a matter of preference as to which one you should use. The first mixture you can make is a bleach solution. Mix 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent, 2/3 cup powdered bleach, like OxiClean, 1 quart of liquid bleach and one gallon of water in a bucket. The other mixture you can use is a vinegar solution. Mix seven cups of water with three cups vinegar. In a separate bowl, mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a gritty paste. 

Hose Down the Area You Will Be Working On

Once your cleaning solution is ready, take out your hose, attach a nozzle and spray down the area you will be working on. This helps to moisten the area and removes dirt and dust in the process. 

Start to Clean

Once the area you will be working on is hosed down, it is ready for you to begin to clean. If you are using the vinegar solution, you can scrub the baking soda and water paste into any stains or spots to help them lift. You can then scrub the baking soda mixture into the siding with a scrubbing brush, or place it inside of a garden sprayer that attaches to your hose and spray it on that way. If you have chosen the bleach solution, you can use a soft-bristled scrubbing brush to scrub the siding by hand or use a garden sprayer attachment to spray down your siding. Hose down the area with water to remove residue and dirt and allow it to air dry. Continue working on various sections of your siding until the entire thing is cleaned.

Cleaning your siding helps to increase the curb appeal of your home. It also provides you with the opportunity to look at the siding and examine it for any damage. If any is noticed, you will want to have the siding repaired to prevent water from entering the space and causing damage. A vinyl siding company can examine your siding and make repairs as needed.