Cleaning your siding can help your home look bright and appealing. There is an array of siding options available: Here is how to give three kinds of siding a good wash.
Vinyl siding has earned a reputation for being low-maintenance, and for good reason. When it’s time for a cleaning, you can spray vinyl siding with a hose. You could also clean it by hand. Depending on manufacturer instructions, you might also use a power washer. Check your care instructions – they may suggest using a mixture of common cleaning products to get your siding looking pristine.
Engineered wood siding
To clean engineered wood siding such as LP SmartSide, stay away from pressure washers. Instead, get out a pail and a brush or rag. Fill the pail with water and gentle detergent. Then wipe down your outside walls. Finally, rinse your home exterior with a hose.
Fiber cement siding
If you have James Hardie fiber cement siding, you can clean it with a light water spray or a hose. You can also use a cloth or gentle brush, but avoid using anything very scratchy. You can use gentle detergent, as well.
This is some general information, but the golden rule is: Follow manufacturer instructions. Manufacturers may have specific guidance about how to take care of a certain brand or product. Also, safety first: Keep water away from electricity. Before using a power washer on your home exterior, turn off the breakers to outside electricity. It’s smart to turn off the outside electricity even if washing your home with a hose, brush or by hand.
Many types of siding can look beautiful for years. Once you know the best way to clean your siding, you can help keep your home looking fresh.
To learn more about your siding – or which siding would be right for you – come visit us at Minnesota Exteriors. We have a large showroom in Osseo where you can view many products in person. Chat with our friendly staff. We’ll help you find the answers – and products – you need to keep your home looking lovely.