Caring For Your Home's Vinyl Exterior With Natural Products

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Vinyl siding is designed to be naturally easy to clean and maintain. In fact, vinyl siding rarely stains and is generally self-cleaning since it's washed by the rain and other natural elements. Over time, however, vinyl siding exteriors can build up a thin layer of grime and soot, especially in urban areas where the outdoor air quality may not be very good. These tips will help you clean your vinyl siding using natural products that are safe for the environment. 

Standard Cleaning Procedures

The easiest way to clean vinyl siding is to wash it down with a strong jet of water from a standard garden hose. Then use a stiff, natural bristle brush to scrub away dirt. This procedure is generally adequate for washing away the dirt and pollutants that may accumulate on your siding over time. Focus on the area around the ground, especially in locations where your automatic sprinklers splash mud up onto your house. If you don't treat these areas periodically, the siding may become discolored over time. 

If necessary, mix Castile soap with warm water and scrub dirty areas with the scrub brush. This will help you get rid of any crusty pieces of debris that may have dried to your siding. 

Steps to Remove Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew will grow in shady, moist locations. On your vinyl siding, mold can also become a problem in areas where the sprinklers hit the siding and in the spaces between landscaping and the house, where humid air becomes trapped between your home and the plants. To remove mold, mix a solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water. Vinegar has acidic properties that can kill the mold and prevent it from growing back for a while after cleaning. 

Dip the stiff bristle brush into the solution and wipe away the mold and mildew just like you wiped down the rest of the house. Rinse the remainders of the mold away when you're done. To prevent the mold from returning, cut back any landscaping or trees that may be preventing the sunshine from reaching your house. You can also redirect your automatic sprinkler systems to point away from the house if your sprinklers are keeping your siding continuously moist. 

For more tips and information about keeping your vinyl siding clean with natural products, speak with a professional vinyl siding dealer or installer in your area. With proper maintenance, your vinyl siding should be beautiful for many years to come. 

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