Residential siding can take quite a beating due to a variety of factors. From hail storms to heavy rains and strong winds to kids playing catch in your yard, you never know what is going to affect the appearance and overall condition of your home’s siding. If you’ve recently noticed that the exterior of your house is looking a bit grimy, you should consider having it cleaned in the near future. Depending on what initially caused your siding to get dingy, there are several tactics you can use to clean it. In this guide, you’ll discover some helpful tips to get you started.
Manually washing your siding.
Even small houses take a long time to wash by hand! This is, however, arguably the best way to do an extremely thorough job of cleaning any type of siding, whether it is vinyl, wood, metal, or even brick or stone. The first thing you need to do is gather the materials you’ll need for the task. You will require a bucket filled with soapy water (using a mild detergent is best), a garden hose, a stiff-bristled scrub brush, and a pole you can attach it to for high areas of your walls.
You should also create a mixture of TSP, which you can buy at your local hardware store, and water. After you’ve given your walls an initial wash using your soapy water, put on safety goggles, gloves, and any other gear recommended on your TSP product’s label, and scrub the walls using it as well. This step will remove set-in dirt and grime that may be making your home’s exterior appear discolored. During this part of the cleaning process, you should rinse your walls about every 20 feet. This will prevent any of the TSP-based solution from leaving marks or spots.
Power washing your siding.
If you are disinclined to manually wash your home’s siding due to time restrictions or lack of physical ability, power washing is another option to consider. Although power washing will certainly get your siding clean, it does have a couple of downsides. For one thing, you won’t be able to focus on areas that are particularly grimy at close range to make sure they are pristine. This gives you less control over exactly how clean your home gets.
Another issue is that power washing requires your siding to withstand a great deal of pressure. Wood, brick, and stucco should never be subjected to power washing because it can severely damage these materials. It’s a good idea to test a lower corner of your house, or another inconspicuous area, with your power washing tools before you begin cleaning your entire residence.
Remember, many contractors throughout North Carolina and South Carolina are willing to clean siding for homeowners. In many cases, people find that it is worth the expense to have experts complete this somewhat tedious task. If you’re interested in having the skilled team at Hatch Homes give your siding a new lease on life, simply call our office to discuss pricing and schedule a consultation.