A vinyl siding cleaner is among the most commonly-used household cleaners. Vinyl siding cleaning solutions are easily available in the market and are made to clean a siding instantly with minimal effort. However, it should be remembered that most of these solutions contain chemical compounds that are washed-away into the home’s drainage or sewage system. As a result, some of the chemicals precipitated by the siding cleaners eventually find their way into the nearby water resources. This is how commercial vinyl siding cleaners add to the growing problem of environmental pollution. Thus, homeowners should be acquainted with some easy methods of preparing and using eco-friendly vinyl siding cleaners.
Eco-friendly Vinyl Siding Cleaner Solutions for:
Basic Cleaning Requirements
If your vinyl sidings aren’t overwhelmed with grime and need minimal cleaning, then you don’t need any kind of specific cleaner. Please note that most of the vinyl sidings contain a dry form of dust that has settled as debris along the corners. This form of cleaning can be done with simple, household supplies.
It is recommended that you use lukewarm water for this kind of cleaning. Though vinyl sidings are immune to extreme temperature changes, there is always a risk of damaging the painted surface of the siding with hot water.
Combine this with thorough scrubbing—first with a wet sponge and then with a long-handle scrubbing brush. Rinse repeatedly with a garden hose to ensure that the scrubbed debris is effectively removed.
End the cleaning regimen by dabbing the sidings with a solution of water and white vinegar or water and lemon juice. This forms a biological coating on the siding that prevents the debris from sticking to the siding, apart from exuding a pleasant odor and keeping the sidings free from pests.
Mild-to-Moderate Cleaning Requirements
The guidelines for this form of vinyl siding cleaning is almost similar to the one explained above, albeit with some changes. Mild or moderate cleaning is needed among the slightly-aged vinyl sidings wherein severe staining is not noted but the grime is a bit sticky and is difficult to scrub-away.
For ensuring better and forceful wetting of the vinyl siding, wet it with water sourced through a high-pressure nozzle attached to the garden hose. You should set the nozzle to a misting spray for comprehensive wetting of the sidings.
Prepare a solution containing tap water and biodegradable soap that is easily available at grocery stores and is non-toxic. The other option is to prepare a cleaning solution with water and some borax—a non-polluting cleaning agent that also deodorizes to some extent, apart from disinfecting the sidings. Borax also softens the water, allowing the soap to dissolve easily.
Cleaning Stains, Mold & Mildew from Vinyl Sidings
This kind of cleaning is a bit more demanding and needs pressurized washing sourced from a pressure sprayer, combined with a potent cleaning solution. You can prepare an effective vinyl siding cleaner for removing hard stains and mold/mildew by using either baking soda or washing soda. These compounds add to the volume of suds within the cleaning solution and soften the stains. For disinfecting a vinyl siding vulnerable to mildew, dab it repeatedly with a solution of water, biodegradable soap and some tea tree oil.