As a homeowner, you know that the facade of your home is more than just a first impression; it’s the protective shield that safeguards your home against harsh weather conditions. Over time, however, this shield — your home’s siding — accumulates dirt, grime, mold, and mildew, which not only become an eyesore, but can also damage the siding material. Therefore, regular cleaning is essential to maintain the aesthetic appeal and longevity of your house siding. This blog post will help you discover and master the best house siding cleaning methods to keep your home gleaming.
Understanding Your Siding Material
Before we dive into cleaning methods, it’s essential to understand your siding material. Different materials require different cleaning solutions and methods. Your siding could be vinyl, wood, brick, fiber-cement, or stucco — each with its unique care needs. Understanding your material will prevent unintentional damage during the cleaning process.
1. Pressure Washing
The most popular method for cleaning house siding is pressure washing. It’s versatile and can be used on many types of siding, including vinyl, brick, and fiber-cement. Here’s how you can perform this cleaning chore:
a. Rent or buy a pressure washer.
b. Use a low-pressure setting to avoid any damage.
c. Soak the siding with water initially, and then apply a cleaning solution (often a mixture of bleach and water).
d. Clean from bottom to top and rinse from top to bottom to avoid streaking.
Remember always to test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure the pressure setting does not damage your siding.
2. Hand Washing
Garnering the second spot is the old-fashioned hand washing, favored especially for wood siding. While it is time-consuming, it’s gentle on the material and gives you the chance to spot minor issues before they escalate.
a. Prepare a mixture of water and mild detergent or a specialized wood cleaner.
b. Wet the siding and apply the cleaning solution with a soft-bristle scrub brush.
c. Rinse with your garden hose, moving from top to bottom to avoid dirty water running over clean areas.
3. Soft Washing
Soft washing is a less intensive method than pressure washing and is better suited to delicate siding materials like stucco that could be damaged by high-pressure water streams. This method uses low-pressure water combined with special cleaners to safely remove mildew, bacteria, algae, and other organic stains.
4. Professional Cleaning Services
If all of this sounds too demanding or your siding requires more TLC than you can provide, consider hiring a professional cleaning service experienced in dealing with your type of siding. Professionals have the right tools, knowledge, and experience to do a thorough, safe job.
Maintaining the pristine look of your house siding can seem like a daunting task, but with these best cleaning methods in your toolkit, this necessary maintenance chore can be quite manageable and rewarding. Always remember to tailor your cleaning techniques according to the type of material your siding is made up of, and whenever in doubt or dealing with a large-scale problem, don’t hesitate to call for professional help. With a little time and effort, your house siding can look as good as new, adding to your home’s curb appeal and longevity.
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.