Vinyl is the most popular siding material in the US, thanks to its durability, versatility, and resilience. However, vinyl siding requires some routine care and cleaning to prolong its life and keep it looking its best. Since it’s an exterior component, vinyl siding can accumulate a host of dirt, stains, and grime from pollen, spider webs, rust, and bird and insect droppings. In shady, moist environments, mold and mildew can grow, causing discoloration. Fortunately, you can use a power washer to clean your vinyl siding, but you must do it right.
How to Properly Pressure Wash Vinyl Siding
When power washing your vinyl siding, there are a number of things to take into consideration. Improper washing can easily harm your siding and significantly reduce its lifespan. Begin by checking the siding on all sides of the house to identify wear and oxidation as well as the offending dirt. Bird droppings, mildew, mold, and algae can be eradicated easily by using the correct products. Always wear eye protection goggles and a dust mask to avoid inhaling debris, detergents, or getting stuff in your eyes. Additionally, wear rain gear to protect your skin and clothing from harsh cleaning agents.
Inspect the Vinyl Siding for Damage
Inspect each area of your siding to see if there is any sign of damage. Check areas around your door and windows to see if there are any loose seals. If you notice any chalky areas, keep the pressure low on the wand to avoid damaging the siding. More importantly, have a professional siding expert apply the right products to restore luster to your vinyl siding to prevent further damage.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
It’s important to read the label of the cleaning products to ensure they’re safe for vinyl siding and not just aluminum or wood siding. Be sure to rinse the siding thoroughly with fresh water before the cleaner dries onto the surface.
Apply the Right Pressure
When using a pressure washer to clean your vinyl siding, avoid setting the maximum amount of pressure available. About 1,000 to 1,400 psi should be adequate to pressure wash vinyl siding. Start with lower pressure and adjust as required to remove stubborn dirt, algae, mold, and bird droppings. There are different types of nozzles that spray water at different angles, which can either increase or decrease the power of the spray. It’s also important to spray at the right angle so you don’t push water up and into your siding.
As you can see, cleaning your vinyl siding takes a bit of time and effort. Regular cleaning can help keep your siding looking “like new,” giving you many more years of trouble-free protection from the elements. If you have any trouble maintaining your vinyl siding, contact Tri County Roofing in Charleston, SC. We work with many types of exterior cladding from reputable siding manufacturers, including Royal Siding, Crane Siding, and Mastic Siding.