How to Clean Vinyl Siding
Techniques for cleaning tough-to-remove stains on vinyl siding, trim and gutters.
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IntroductionClean easy-to-remove and tough stains from vinyl siding quickly and easily with these simple techniques.
- Nylon scrub pad
- Soft-bristle brush
- General purpose cleaner
- Non-abrasive bathtub cleaner
Vinyl Siding Wash Cleaning
This is how to clean vinyl siding like a pro — even the worst stains! Read on to learn the best vinyl siding wash to buy, and how to make a homemade vinyl siding cleaner.
Vinyl Siding Cleaner Options:
- Krud Kutter Exterior Siding Cleaner Rating: 3.5 stars | Price: $13
- Simple Green House and Siding Cleaner Rating: 4 stars | Price: $20
- Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner Rating: 4.5 stars | Price: $11
- Home Armor E-Z House Wash Rating: 4.5 stars | Price: $19
- Rust-Oleum Jomax House Cleaner Rating: 4.5 stars | Price: $24
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How to Make the Best Homemade Vinyl Cleaner
Vinyl siding usually cleans up easily with nothing more than a homemade cleaner of soap and water, and a yearly scrubbing will keep it looking new. For basic vinyl siding wash cleaning, use general-purpose vinyl siding cleaning solution mixed with warm water. To make your own vinyl cleaner you'll need:
- A general-purpose cleaner like Dawn Dish Soap or Soft Scrub
- Bucket full of warm water
- Large sponge
Basic Vinyl Siding Cleaning
- Apply the vinyl siding cleaning solution with a soft-bristle cleaning brush, scrubbing the full length of each lap.
- Start at the bottom to avoid streaking, and use your garden hose to rinse off each section before it dries.
- Pro tip: Get the details right when you install vinyl siding and you’ll save yourself hours of frustration later on.
Remove Tough Stains
- Clean tough stains off with a nonabrasive cleaner or a homemade vinyl siding cleaner of soap and water that won't damage the surface of the vinyl.
- For tough spots like paint drips, tar, and pencil and pen marks, use a nonabrasive bathtub cleaner or nylon scrub pad.
- Use ammonia cleaners or a solution of one part bleach in four parts water to clean mold and mildew stains. (However, never mix ammonia and bleach.)
- Rinse thoroughly while the siding is still wet.