Vinyl siding is a low-maintenance housing material that can be easily cleaned without the need for special cleaning agents. You can use some items that are likely to be already there in your home, or can be easily bought from stores.
Here are some homemade vinyl siding cleaner recipes you can use to clean your siding and make it look like brand new, courtesy of UHQ Construction, your exterior services expert in Greenwood, Indiana.
For ordinary dirt and grime, mix 1/3 cup of trisodium phosphate and 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent in a gallon of hot water. Room temperature water works fine for this too.
This solution is best applied on your siding using a bucket and a brush. Simply mix all in a bucket, then grab a brush and scrub it on stubborn stains. If you use a power washer, apply it from bottom to top. Rinse after a few minutes, starting from top to bottom.
For Siding Mold
If you have mold, mildewor algae growing on your siding, you’ll need more than just the basic vinyl siding cleaner. Add a quart of household chlorine bleach to the basic vinyl siding cleaner recipe, and apply it to mold-covered areas.
If you don’t want to use chlorine bleach, you can whip up a vinegar solution that will work on light mold and mildew problems. A 70% water to 30% white vinegar mixture will work. Leave the solution on for about ten minutes before rinsing. Make sure to wear protective gear such as a face mask.
Environment-friendly mold cleaner
Bleach or vinegar not working as you expected? Mix half a teaspoon of clove oil in two quarts water and use it to clean areas covered with mold. The clove oil solution will eliminate mold spores, effectively preventing mold from coming back.
For mold and insects
If your vinyl siding is infested with mold AND insects such as ants, you can opt to use household borax to eliminate both problems. Dissolved one cup household borax in a gallon of hot water, and scrub the solution on areas with mold. This will also help keep ants and other insects away from your siding.
If these DIY methods don’t solve your siding problem, you might need to get help from the experts at UHQ Construction. We love helping our customers improve their exterior spaces, and offer siding repair and replacement services.
Get in touch with UHQ Construction for your roof repair or any other exterior project. Call us today at (317) 884-3140, or fill out our online form for a free quote. We work with homeowners in Greenwood, IN, and other areas in Indiana.
Cory Getz is the Operations Manger for UHQ Construction, which has delivered effective roofing, siding, window and gutter solutions throughout central Indiana since 2004.