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Clean Your Siding without a Power Washer

Cleaning your siding at home is considerably cheaper than hiring a professional company. You can do it yourself with these tips!

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Is your vinyl siding looking a little green these days? Cleaning your vinyl siding at home is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:

Make or Buy a Siding Cleaner

The mold on your house will come off more easily with the assistance of a cleaner attached to a hose or a power washer. There are tons of different brands on the market to choose from, but you could also make your own for a fraction of the cost. Most of the homemade cleaners are either bleach-based or vinegar-based. I’d recommend mixing up a small batch of each and testing on different areas of your home to see which works best. This website has a great list of siding cleaners you can make at home. 

If DIY isn’t your thing, head to your nearest hardware store, or hop on the internet to buy a siding cleaner. This youtube video sizes a few of them up for you. 

Do You Need a Container?

If you plan on purchasing a siding cleaner, it will most likely come in a container that attaches to your hose or power washer. If you are making a cleaning solution yourself, you will probably need to invest in a container that screws right into your hose so you can spray the cleaner on the siding. 

Grab a Ladder

If you have a two-story home, you may need to grab a ladder.  Your hose or power washer may not be  powerful enough to reach the top of the house without one.

Spray and Wait

No matter what type of cleaner you use, most will recommend spraying the solution on your vinyl siding and letting the cleaner sit for a few minutes. After a set amount of time, remove the cleaning container from your hose and rinse with just water. You’ll be amazed watching the mold and dirt rinse off so easily. Be sure to work from the top down. 

You Don’t Need a Power Washer to Clean Your Siding

It’s a myth that you need a power washer to clean your home. If you use a cleaning solution, your regular garden hose works well enough to get your siding bright and clean again. 

Enjoy the Money You Saved

Cleaning your siding at home is considerably cheaper than hiring a professional company. What will you do with the money you saved?

So grab a cleaner or make your own and get to work making your siding look new again!

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About the author

Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at onceuponamom.net

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