Home builders rely on vinyl siding because of its versatility, durability and cost.
While vinyl siding is weather resilient, it does need to be cleaned occasionally to prevent mold and mildew growth. Here are some cleaning solutions you can prepare yourself:
- Use a 70-30 ratio of water to vinegar. This mixture will remove light mold and erase mildew stains.
- If you need a stronger solution, mix 1/3 of a cup of powdered laundry detergent, 2/3 of a cup of powdered household cleaner, one quarter of laundry bleach and a gallon of water. Beware, this solution may kill some of the landscaping near your home.
- To preserve your landscaping, mix one cup of oxygen bleach with a gallon of water.
- Simple Green is also environmentally friendly and will clean vinyl siding, stucco, and painted wood.
To apply these solutions, simply use a soft cloth or a soft-bristle brush. You can also use a power washer, but some vinyl siding manufacturers advise against this practice.