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Clean Vinyl Siding with a Pressure Washer
using a pressure washer to clean vinyl sidingCleaning vinyl siding by hand can be long and tiring, so some choose to pressure wash a house. Pressure washers save a lot of time and energy and produce clean results, but can also damage siding and cause more problems if used incorrectly. You can rent or buy one at various costs, anywhere from about $50 and up. Here are the steps you should follow when pressure washing a house with vinyl siding.
Before You Start
Check to see if your manufacturer recommends using a pressure washer on the vinyl siding, as many warn that they cause damage on the material. Read the instructions carefully before use. Add a cleaning solution to the pressure washer if the product allows for it, or else just plain water will work.
The Right Way to Pressure Wash Your Siding
Determine the amount of pressure that can be safely applied to your vinyl siding. Take a firm stance a few feet away from the house while spraying. Hold a 25-degree nozzle at eye-level and point it straight at the siding with two hands. An upward spray can force water behind vinyl siding, causing more problems for you as mold and mildew could grow in these wet spots. Start pressure washing your house from the bottom up in small sections, using a side-to-side motion and steady pace to prevent streaking. Rinse with a hose or buckets of water.
Cleaning Mold from Vinyl Siding
Mold and mildew can grow on vinyl siding in shady, moist areas from leaky gutters, wet tree branches or various other reasons. It can be tough to clean mold from vinyl siding, so here are some tips on how to tackle the nastiest spots.
Mold Cleaning Method
Use the recommended bleach or vinegar solution to kill mold and mildew on surfaces. Scrub the spots on the siding and let the solution soak in for a few minutes. Start with the most noticeable and difficult spots first to loosen them up. Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any leftover residue from cleaning products.
With super tough spots, add a baking soda paste to the solution as its abrasive nature will break it up and remove stains. To reach small nooks, use a smaller brush or toothbrush to clean.
A Clean Home with Professional Results
By following these guidelines, you will be able to clean vinyl siding in an efficient, effective and safe manner – just like a professional. What looks best with clean vinyl siding? Clean windows! Learn how to wash windows like a pro. Keep your house looking like new with shining vinyl siding and windows and enjoy the spotless exterior look of your home!
Q: I got rid of the rusty old gutters on my 1830s farmhouse. Now I need new ones. What should I replace them with?
I'd recommend that you install traditional half-round gutters in copper. The style is appropriate to your house, and you'll never have to worry about the copper rusting.
Hanging them is not hard, as long as you have a helper to lift and set the sections in place. But first you need to size up your situation so that you can order the parts. Ask yourself: What lengths do I need? Will each gutter get one downspout or two? And what about the fascia, where the gutters attach? Is it angled or plumb? Is it even sound? (If it isn't, repair it.)
When the parts arrive, locate the high point of the gutter's run—the farthest point from a single downspout or the midpoint between two. Then you can set the pitch, and the rest is all downhill.
Shown: fits a downspout elbow to a copper gutter. Its shine will fade, but this durable metal will last a lifetime.Being a family-owned and operated business, we’re able to offer you that personal touch you’ve been looking for. Our goal is to make all of our customers happy.
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