Methods of Cleaning Siding
Siding may become dingy with dirt or mildew after installation.
Homeowners should take necessary steps to clean their siding regularly.
Removing mildew. Wood siding
is susceptible to mildew growth. Mildewed siding is a health risk, and
the stains are unsightly. Mildew can usually be eradicated with a
solution of three parts water, one part bleach, and a small amount of
laundry or household detergent. The solution should be sprayed or
softly brushed onto the siding, left to sit for five minutes, and then
rinsed off. Commercial solutions are also available.
Pressure washing. Pressure
washing can also be used to remove mold, mildew, and dirt from wood and
other types of siding. Sometimes called chemical rinsing, pressure
washing cleans the surface with a high-pressure application of water or
a water-chemical mixture. It is possible for pressure washing to force
water underneath siding through any seams, which could lead to rotting
wood, stains, and insect infestation. Homeowners considering pressure
washing may want to hire a professional for this job.