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A beautiful look without the effort
Today’s vinyl siding offers all the characteristics and charm of wood siding without the maintenance worries, rotting, splitting, or insect damage. Unlike other exterior cladding, vinyl siding only requires simple, periodic cleaning with mild soap and water from a garden hose. Learn more about how to clean vinyl siding below.
Cleaning Vinyl Siding FAQs
You should also follow the siding manufacturer’s recommendations. Some manufacturers don’t want pressure washers used on their products at all. Others allow them, but have limitations on the amount of pressure and the cleaners that can be used. Most will caution against the use of pressure washers around any opening in the wall, such as windows, doors, electrical wiring, and plumbing.
|Vinyl siding cleaners||General cleaners (e.g., Simple Green®, Nice & Easy®, Armor All®, etc.) can be used to clean dirt, bird droppings, and spider webs. Stain-specific cleaners are listed below. Rinse all cleaners with water before they dry.|
|Bubble gum cleaner||Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, solution of vinegar (30%), water (70%) and Windex®|
|DAP (oil-based caulk) cleaners||Fantastik®|
|Felt-tip pen cleaners||Fantastik®, water-based cleaners|
|Lithium (car) grease cleaners||Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®,Windex®|
|Motor oil cleaners||Fantastik®, Lysol®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Paint cleaners||Brillo® Pad, Soft Scrub®|
|Pencil cleaners||Soft Scrub®|
|Rust cleaners||Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®|
|Tar cleaners||Soft Scrub®|
|Top soil cleaners||Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®|
Cleaning Materials are listed in alphabetical order. VSI does not endorse products or processes and makes no warranties for the products referenced herein. Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply that there are not equally effective alternatives.
Maintaining Vinyl Siding FAQs
The best way to avoid or reduce this problem depends on the specific circumstances. However, anything that blocks the path of sunlight, either to the window or between the window and the siding, will eliminate or reduce the problem. This includes the strategic placement of trees, bushes or other landscaping elements and the use of sunshades above windows. Screening applied to windows may reduce the total amount of reflected energy sufficiently to avoid the problem.