If you don’t know how to clean the vinyl siding, follow the below steps for an optimum washing result without any damage to your sidings and home.
What Is Pressure Washer And How It Performs For Cleaning Vinyl Siding
A pressure washer is a technological replacement for a simple garden hose for cleaning and washing purposes. The main concept of a pressure washer is to increase the pressure of water measured in PSI (per square inch) by using a high-pressure pump fueled with a gasoline engine or an electric motor.
With this high pressure of water, a pressure washer is the best tool available to blast away dirt and grime from any surface of your home, be it vinyl siding, concrete, or driveways.
The dirt, grime, or mildew constituted on the surface is difficult to clean with a simple garden hose along with soap and water mixture and it will take a lot of time. Therefore, buying the best pressure washer for your home is the best option pertaining to so many cleaning tasks.
How to Clean Vinyl Siding Using A Pressure Washer
After taking all the precautionary measures it is time to hit the road. It’s good and very effective to follow the below steps for the best washing results without causing any damage to your vinyl sidings and home.
Use Pressure Washer Detergent
Most of the time water alone at high pressure performs its duties well but if you want the best results you can use soap mixed with water. However, the pressure washer detergent is ultimately best for optimum results.
Note: don’t use ordinary detergent.
Always use pressure washer detergent with a label on them saying “approved for pressure washer use” because those unapproved detergents can damage your pressure washer and its components.
Apply The Detergent Solution
Apply the soap or pressure washer detergent from the bottom of the siding and move gradually upwards to avoid streaking. Move the wand up and down at the small area and go from left to right in a systematic way. This way there are limited chances to skip a patch of siding.
This process should be done under low pressure with a smooth movement of the wand in overlapping strokes.
Use A Brush If There Are Tough Stains
Years-long dirt and grime are sometimes difficult to remove even with soap and detergent mixture. If this happens with you then use a utility or rotating brush to clean the surface like the new one. This rotatory brush can be easily attached at the end of the pressure washer wand.
Along with the solution coming out of the brush, it rotates with pressure and rubs the surface to remove tougher stains easily.
Let The Solution Work
After applying the solution leave it to do its magic for almost 3-5 minutes. But don’t let it dry completely. The solution won’t work well if it dries completely.
Divide Work In Small Sections
If there is excessive sunlight or windy conditions and you think the soap solution or detergent might dry early, you must divide the work into small patches or small sections. So wash small siding sections of a few feet at a time, this will give you enough time to rinse before letting the solution completely dry.
Rinse From The Top Down
Now start rinsing from the top of the siding and move from one end to another and gradually move downwards. That’s why no patch of siding will remain soapy or have streaks of detergent. Moreover, for a safe washing experience,
Rinsing From A Distance For Safe Cleaning
Always start rinsing from a distance of 2-3 feet from the siding to protect the vinyl siding from any potential damage with heavy pressure. Start the rinsing process by setting the pressure low. You can eventually increase the pressure afterward to get the desired cleaning results.
NOTE: If you use high pressure on the first go, you can damage your vinyl siding. The water at this sudden high pressure can reach into the walls and provide suitable ground for the growth of mildew and mold.
Start Early To Let The Vinyl Siding Dry
This is another thing to get the best results of pressure washing. Always start early on a bright and sunny morning. This will let the vinyl siding dry completely and there will be no chance of mold growing at its back.
What PSI do I need to wash the vinyl siding?
For best results, you'll want to use a pressure washer that generates 1500-2000 PSI of force. This will be enough to remove mildew and dirt on vinyl siding.
How many years will vinyl siding last?
It could be anywhere from about 25 to 50 years depending on the quality. Pressure washing vinyl siding regularly, helps to maintain its luster, however, if the pressure washer is too powerful then it can cause damage.
How do you clean vinyl siding without a pressure washer?
• First, go out with a scrub brush and soap solution made with water. • Use the soap on all parts of your siding that are moldy or slimy so that mildew loses its grip on the siding. • Give it some time. • Rinse your vinyl siding with water.