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.