How to Clean Soot from Siding

What You'll Need
Plastic Sheets
Foam Cleaner
Long Handled Soft Brush

Whether your siding has been damaged by a fire, smoke, a barbecue, or another source, you will need to clean soot from it. What follows should explain the best way to remove soot from your siding.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area

When cleaning your siding, as you will be using harsh chemicals, it is important to protect the surrounding ground, plants, and other things nearby that may sustain damage. Put down plastic sheets over the ground below the areas on your siding that have been damaged by soot. Cover any exposed electrical outlets with plastic so that water does not get inside them, if necessary.

Before you begin cleaning, attempt to remove as much superficial soot as possible by sweeping the siding with a broom.

Step 2 - Deciding on a Cleaning Mixture

Different types of siding will require different cleaning supplies. If possible, buy one specifically designed for your home's particular type of siding, whether it is wood, vinyl, aluminum, or something else. However, generic foam cleaner will usually be enough to remove soot stains.

Begin by spraying the foam cleaner onto your siding. Wait roughly 7 minutes, then use your brush to spread it and scrub lightly.

Step 3 - Finishing Up

Use your garden hose to spray off your siding, starting at the top. If necessary, repeat the cleaning process to get any remaining soot off of your siding.