Your home’s siding is the first line of defense when it comes to mother nature. Strong winds and harsh summer/winter seasons can really do a number on it. Although it is manufactured to last for years, taking care of your home’s siding is still something a homeowner should consider.
Fortunately, the best way to protect it is to simply keep it clean.
Thus, the following includes a few DIY house project routes you can take to ensure that your home’s siding is going to remain strong and look amazing for years to come.
Check for Any Damages
Before you begin to remove green algae or use a pressure washer, it is important to look for any damages. Unfortunately, most “how to clean”
articles will leave this part out, and of course, the last thing you want is to begin pumping water into your walls. Damaged spots will usually be around window seals. If you do find damage, and that damage is minimal, you may be able to simply cover the openings with caulk.
However, any major damages such as wide-spread chipping or missing siding must be dealt with by a local contractor.
Get Rid of the Loose Dirt
The first step on how to clean your home’s siding is to remove the top layer of dirt, grime and to remove green algae. This can be accomplished with a simple bucket of warm water and soap. DIY your soapy water with
1/2 cup trisodium phosphate and begin to scrub each section of your home’s siding with a soft-bristled brush. Home remedies such as the one listed above are a great way to begin cleaning your home siding without killing plants that may be near the home. However, if you do not have the time to do this house project, you may have a siding cleaner come in and use a pressure washer to clean the home. A siding cleaner will be able to hit those areas that you may not be able to reach.
Getting Rid of Strong Stains
In some cases, you will run into stains that are simply too difficult for a brush to get rid of. You do have the option of using store-bought cleaners, but they may be too abrasive for your siding. Thus it is recommended to create home remedies in order to not only remove the stains but do so without killing plants near the area. If you do not know what type of chemicals to use, you may contact a local contractor for further information as they are used to working with a variety of siding materials.
As you can see from the information above, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your siding is looking great all year round. Of course, if the job seems too daunting, professional help is always available. Simply fill out our online form to get local contractor quotes, fast!