How Do I Properly Pressure Wash the Vinyl Siding on My Home? 

As a homeowner, it is imperative to keep the exterior of your home presentable. In addition to this, mold, mildew, and algae has the potential to make its way underneath the siding. If this is allowed to continue, it has the potential to lead to significant and expensive replacements and severe health complications.

By pressure washing your home, you have the capability of preventing buildup. Your home will also look better and be healthier. In this guide, you will learn how to properly pressure wash vinyl siding. 

Safety First 

Prior to initiating the process of pressure washing the vinyl siding of your home, you must first consider your safety and the safety of your home. Start by ensuring that you are wearing safety goggles, gloves, clothing that covers both the arms and the legs, closed-toe shoes, and hearing protection.

Next, remove or cover all items that are near your home. This includes anything that may suffer damage if exposed to water. Next, cover all electrical components. 

The Steps 

Once you are fully protected and have everything that you need, you may start the process of pressure washing. The following outlines the steps that should be taken:

  1. Use a broom or a soft brush and remove loose debris from the surface of the vinyl. This allows the solution you use to penetrate on a deep level. 
  2. If you have mold, mildew, or algae on the home, you will need to mix 1 cup of bleach to 10 cups of water. Spray the solution on the home from top to bottom. Allow to sit for a few minutes and then rinse off with a regular hose. 
  3. Next, you will want to fill the reservoir of your pressure washer with a solution that may be safely used with your washing system. 
  4. You should then adjust the machine to 1,300 PSI. You may go up to 1,500 PSI, if need be. At a 45-degree angle, spray the solution on the home from bottom to top. You should stand back about 4-6 feet away from the home. By doing this, you will be able to prevent the solution from seeping behind the vinyl siding panels. 
  5. Be certain that you start at a corner of the home and only work in small sections. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes. 
  6. You should then rinse the home off at a 45-degree angle and in a large sweeping motion, ensuring that no solution remains on the home. If you find that debris is left behind, redo the section prior to moving on to the next area of the home. 
  7. Be certain that you are careful around windows, corners, and doors. If too much solution, water, or force comes into contact with these areas, it could result in damage. 

When Should I Consider Replacing Vinyl Siding? 

It is possible to clean vinyl siding for years; however, there could come a time when it is simply better to replace the siding, altogether. If you find that your siding is cracked, you have holes, there is underlying water damage, and if you notice moisture damage inside of your home, it is best to have your vinyl siding replaced.

We here at Southern Industries Home Improvements can assist you in determining if it is time for your siding to be replaced. If so, we specialize in this home improvement project. To learn more, contact us today by calling: (833) 240-4900

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