Mildew growing on your vinyl siding can be unsightly, but luckily it doesn't have to be permanent. Knowing what you can do to clean your vinyl siding can help you keep your home in good repair. Following the steps below will help you maintain your home and remove any mildew that may grow on your siding.
What can you do to remove mildew from your vinyl siding?
To remove mildew from your vinyl siding, start by mixing a combination of equal parts vinegar and water in a bucket. Next, dip a long-handled scrub brush in the solution. Use the brush to gently scrub down the siding. The brush should consist of soft, nylon bristles that won't scratch your vinyl siding.
This may not remove all the mildew from your siding. For stubborn growths, make a stronger solution by combining equal parts oxygen bleach and water. Mix in a scoop of laundry detergent, then mix the cleanser all together. Steer clear of chlorine bleach since it may cause discoloration or may kill any landscaping growing along side your house. The safer product to use in this case is oxygen bleach.
Mix the solution in a bucket, then dip the long-handled brush into the bucket. Use the scrub brush to scrub the vinyl siding. Rinse the solution off of the house with a strong jet of water from a hose. Don't use a power washer, as this can damage your siding. If some mildew remains after rinsing it off, repeat as necessary.
What can you do to prevent mildew from growing back on your vinyl siding?
Mildew grows in places that are cool, wet and dark. You'll commonly find mildew in areas of the house that are sheltered by shrubs and in places that get little or no sunlight. To prevent mildew from growing on your vinyl siding again, follow these steps:
- Prune or remove any shrubs that grow against the side of the house. If you're leaving shrubs that grow up against the side of the house, prune branches that actually come into contact with the siding.
- Cut back any trees that shade the house in order to allow some sunlight to reach the siding.
- Clean the siding as described above on a regular basis.
Following these tips will help you keep your home's vinyl siding in good condition. For more information about how to maintain your vinyl siding, contact a company like Superior Products.