Many homeowners choose vinyl siding because it does not require periodic scraping and painting. But they tend to confuse “low-maintenance” with “maintenance-free.” This material will need some TLC from time to time, a chore that can be stressful if you do not know where to begin and how to carry it out properly.
To keep vinyl in pristine condition, Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation, the authority on siding and roofing, shares some expert tips below.
First of all, never use cleaning materials with hard bristles or rough textures. They can be abrasive, which could ruin the finish of your siding. A soft cloth, a sponge and a long-handled brush with soft bristles are your safest bets. When it comes to cleaners, mild cleaning solutions will do.
Do Not Procrastinate About Rinsing
When washing vinyl, any roofing and siding expert would warn you against letting the cleaned surfaces dry as you work your way up. Rinse it right away to prevent cleaner deposits, so you do not have to scrub them all over again.
Get Rid of Mold and Mildew With a Special Solution
These microscopic pests do not die easy. Buy a specially formulated cleaning agent the vinyl product manufacturer approves of. If you prefer a homemade solution instead, diluted vinegar will do. A mixture containing 30% vinegar is not only potent but also safe and eco-friendly.
Use a Power Washer With Caution
Misuse of pressure washing is not an unusual cause of siding and residential roof replacement. If your vinyl siding warranty will not get revoked if you use a power washer, make sure to aim it straight at eye level. Pointing it upward could accident force the water behind the siding panels and start moisture damage.
Learn more vinyl siding care and maintenance nuggets from Mobley Brothers Roofing and Renovation. Call (865) 216-3274 or (615) 906-1195 to schedule your no-obligation consultation in Knoxville or Lebanon, TN, to set your project in motion and get a free estimate.