Tips for Cleaning Your Home Siding Effectively

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Even the highest quality siding requires routine cleaning and maintenance. Siding can accumulate dirt and stains from elements such as rain, rust, animals, chemicals, and pollen. Therefore, you should clean the siding regularly to keep it looking vibrant and ensure that it protects your home.

When cleaning the siding, it is important to use the correct method, tools, and chemicals to prevent damage to the siding material. Using abrasive tools or harsh chemicals can cause the siding to deteriorate, crack, or warp over time slowly. Below are some tips for cleaning your home siding effectively. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights. We are your siding contractor specialists in the Bay area!

Tip #1: Follow Manufacturer Specifications

Every siding product comes with a set of manufacturer instructions on how to care for your siding. There are several reasons why you should adhere closely to the instruction.

First, doing so will keep you from voiding the warranty. Most warranties are voided because of neglect or improper maintenance. Therefore, make sure you read the directions and follow them according to manufacturer specifications.

Second, the manufacturer already knows how to clean the product they developed. They understand what works best with the materials they used to engineer the siding. So, there is no need for you to reinvent the wheel. Simply follow the instructions to get the best results.

Tip #2: Consider Hiring a Professional Siding Cleaning Company

The average rate is $60 to $100 per hour, with an average total cost of $480 to $800 per job. While this seems like an extravagant expense, there are several benefits to hiring a company to do it for you, including:

  • A company has all the tools and equipment necessary to perform a pro-level job.
  • Professionals are less likely to damage your siding.
  • A qualified crew can complete a job in a fraction of the time it takes to complete a DIY job. 
  • Hiring a licensed siding contractor or company will prevent you from voiding the warranty.
  • Professional cleaning helps you maintain the value of your home.
  • You don’t have to buy or rent your own equipment and supplies.

Tip #3: Be Careful with Your Cleaning Solution

If you decide to go the DIY route, then you need to choose your cleaning agent carefully. The wrong solutions can cause your siding to fade, crack, or warp, leaving you with a costly repair. Let’s look at some solutions to use and some to avoid. 

Safe Cleaning Solutions 

  • Water & vinegar
  • Laundry detergent & heavily diluted laundry bleach
  • Simple Green non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner
  • Fantastik, Windex, or Lysol cleaner
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap
  • Super Iron Out or Instant Rust Out for rust stains

Clean Solutions to Avoid

  • Siding cleaner with organic solvents
  • Straight bleach 
  • Liquid grease remover
  • Nail polish remover
  • Furniture polish

Tip #4: Use the Right Tools & Equipment

How you apply water or cleaning solution is as important as the type of solution you use. The wrong tools can scratch or puncture the siding while stripping the surface of its natural look.

Ideally, the best way to apply a water/solution mixture is by using a pressure washer. The average rate for pressure washer rental is between $35 and $50 per day. If you add a feature such as an instant hot water heater or a heavy-duty gas washer, the cost can skyrocket to $150 per day. Although pressure washers are easy to use, you may damage the siding if you apply too much pressure. So, make sure you know the right amount of pressure to apply before using the washer. 

If you decide to scrub the siding, then use a soft cloth or an ordinary long-handled, soft-bristle brush. Start at the top of the siding and work your way down to avoid streaking or solution stains. Rinse off the siding using a regular garden hose. Avoid using highly-abrasive scrubbing tools or steel wool.

Contact Siding Contractors in Concord, CA

Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights offers siding installation and siding replacement for homeowners in Concord, CA, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area. To find out more about our services, contact us at 925.671.9500. We can help you with all your siding needs.

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