Today’s vinyl siding offers all the appeal of wood siding without the maintenance worries, rotting, splitting, or insect damage. Unlike other exterior cladding, vinyl siding only requires periodic cleaning with mild soap and water from a garden hose. Learn more tips and tricks for how to clean vinyl siding below.
A list of commonly accepted cleaners is provided below. Be sure to spot check any general or stain specific cleaner before using it on a large section of siding. After removing the stain, rinse thoroughly with water. Do not use cleaners containing organic solvents, undiluted chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture polish or cleaners. They can affect the surface of the siding.
|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.
Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and can melt when exposed to a significant heat source. Vinyl is a combustible material, but will not readily ignite unless exposed to flames from an existing fire. Home and building owners with all types of siding should always take precautions to keep heat sources such as barbeque grills, and readily ignitable materials such as dry leaves, mulch, and trash away from the structure.