You may have noticed it on the homes around your neighborhood - mold, that icky green stuff that grows on exterior surfaces. Did you happen to look at your own siding lately? It may not be as bad or as noticeable as someone else's home, but you probably have some on your own home as well. That mold can make your siding and your home look unkept and look like an eyesore if not taken care of and cleaned off properly. Don't run out and buy new siding just yet. It can be cleaned off by following the instructions below.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Pressure Washer
- Soft Cloth
- White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Use your pressure washer to clean the dirt, debris, mold and mildew from your vinyl siding. Be sure to use a lower setting on your pressure washer, so as to not damage the siding, trim pieces or your gutters. When using a pressure washer, be sure to use a ladder for higher areas so you are at eye level and work from top to bottom on your home. Be sure to have someone helping to hold your ladder for safety reasons. Also, you'll probably get soaked from the over-spray, so wear old clothing, shoes and protective eye-wear when doing this chore.
- If you have mold or mildew stains, or areas that are hard to remove, you can create a cleaning mixture using three cups of water and one cup of white vinegar combined in a spray bottle. Use either a soft bristle scrub brush or a soft cloth to help gently scrub away the stain. Then rinse clean using water from your garden hose. You can also use environmentally safe household cleaners or vinyl siding cleaner to remove these tough stains. Be sure to only use products that do not contain harsh cleansers such as chlorine bleach, ammonia or nail polish remover, as these can all cause damage to your vinyl siding. Also do not use harsh scrub brushes, as these can all mar the surface of your siding.
Vinyl siding is a very durable siding material and can last for a number of years. Mold and mildew can attach to any type of siding, you just need to clean it off properly so you do not scratch, damage or discolor your siding, as this can make your siding look like even more of an eyesore. For more information or assistance, consider contacting a professional like those at Michel Home Improvement.