2 Ways To Clean Your Vinyl Siding Without A Pressure Washer

Posted on: 1 November 2016


One of the reasons that vinyl siding is a great choice for your house is because it's relatively low-maintenance – the color doesn't fade or peel, so there's no need to repaint it regularly. However, it will start to look dingy if you don't clean the siding every so often. Cleaning your vinyl siding is an easy job if you have a pressure washer, but what if you don't? You don't have to just live with dirty siding. There are a couple of other ways to get the job done, and they aren't as difficult as you might think.

By Hand

You may not have the power of a pressure washer, but there's no substitute for good old fashioned manpower. You can clean the siding by hand. If you're battling mold or mildew, vinegar and water make an excellent solution for cleaning vinyl siding. Start by covering the grass or plants close to your house with a tarp, because vinegar can kill your plants if it spills or drips on them. Then mix your cleaning solution in a bucket, put on rubber gloves to protect your hands, and head out with your scrub brush to clean the siding. Start at the top of the house and work your way down – that way the vinegar and water solution that runs down the siding as you clean the top will loosen the dirt and make your work below a bit easier.

What if there are only a few visible spots that you need to clean? Spot-cleaning your siding is even easier, and you don't even need to mix up a solution. Grab a bathroom cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles, spray it on, let it sit for a minute, and scrub it off. It's probably not practical to buy enough spray cans to scrub the entire house, but if someone was cleaning the grill too close to the house last weekend and left grease stains on the siding, this is a simple and easy way to remove them.

With a Garden Sprayer

Not up to all of that scrubbing by hand? That's OK too. An option that's easier than scrubbing and cheaper than buying or renting a pressure washer is mixing up a bleach solution in a garden sprayer. You can use just bleach and water, or you can add laundry detergent for extra cleaning power.

Bleach, like vinegar, is bad for your plants, so you should again make sure that you protect them before you start spraying. You may also want to wear a safety mask to protect your face and prevent you from breathing in bleach fumes. It can help to attach a fireman nozzle to the garden sprayer if you need to reach very high spots, like the eaves of your house. After you spray and let the bleach solution do its work for several minutes, you can use your garden hose to rinse it off.

Cleaning by hand or using a garden sprayer will be more time consuming than using a pressure washer – you'll have to work in sections, because your bucket or sprayer won't hold enough solution to let you do the whole house at once. However, both are simple ways to get the job done without the expense of buying or renting a pressure washer.

For more information, contact local professionals like Superior Products.