A Guide to Spot Cleaning Vinyl Siding

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If you, like many American homeowners, have vinyl siding on your house, you probably enjoy it for a number of reasons. For starters, the odds are good that you don’t even think about the exterior of your Carolina residence with great frequency because your siding is so durable and low-maintenance. This is one of the biggest perks of choosing vinyl siding boards. Additionally, vinyl is an affordable material that is available in a wide range of colors, so it suits nearly any style of home.

There are, however, a few minor downsides to having a vinyl exterior on your house. Perhaps the primary con, and the one this guide focuses on, is the fact that it can show spots over time. If you’ve recently noticed that your siding could stand a good cleaning, you’re in the right place. The next several sections detail the steps you should take to keep your vinyl siding in good condition.

Remove mold and mildew

As time goes by, it is not uncommon for vinyl siding to develop mold and mildew. While this is certainly unsightly, it is completely possible to get rid of it using a specific cleaning process. In many cases, as a matter of fact, Windex is all you need to get rid of moldy spots on vinyl. If, however, your mold seems to be a particularly stubborn variety, you can also create a mixture consisting of ⅓ cup laundry detergent, ⅔ cup powdered cleaner of your choice, 1-quart liquid laundry bleach, and 1 gallon of distilled water. This should take any type of mold or mildew off of the exterior of your Carolina home.

Remove pieces of mulch and dirt

It is common for pieces of mulch and dirt to get embedded in the grooves of vinyl siding boards. This is especially true for homeowners who have landscaped flower beds right along with the foundations of their homes. Artillery fungus is another common problem related to mulch and dirt; it exhibits as small black dots that will probably spread over time. The best way to prevent artillery fungus from growing in the first place is to choose non-wood mulch, gravel/stone, or even recycled tire pieces to line your flower beds.

Remove winter salt

Depending on where in the Carolinas you live, your region may experience winter weather every year. This can lead to a build-up of salt and other related residue on vinyl siding. The best way to clean salt stains is to use a gentle detergent mixed with warm water. Then, dry the area with a soft cloth so water spots don’t remain.

At Hatch Homes, we offer a variety of exterior renovation services, including siding jobs. Don’t hesitate to contact our skilled team if you are thinking about having any work done to the outside of your home. From installing new siding to repairing roofing materials to putting in windows, we are here to help turn your Carolina house into the home you’ve been dreaming of! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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