Vinyl Siding Restoration: A Guide

What You'll Need
Safety glasses
Soft-bristled, long-handled scrub brush
Garden hose
Pump-up garden sprayer
Chlorine bleach
Mild detergent

Vinyl restoration becomes a must when your vinyl siding already looks dirty and dull due to accumulated buildup of dirt and mildew through the years. If left alone, permanent staining can result from dirt and other grime that sticks on the vinyl surface. Generally, vinyl is a long-lasting siding that requires little maintenance but after year of exposure to the elements a time will come when a cleaning is in order. Fortunately, this is a job most homeowners can handle themselves. With no more than detergent and a brush you can restore your vinyl siding back to its original life and luster.

Step 1 – Mixing the Cleaning Solution

To remove dirt and grime from your vinyl siding, start with a solution of mild detergent and water. Mix them in a ratio of 1 part detergent to 4 parts water. Once you are done, put the solution in a pump-up sprayer. Mark sections on your vinyl siding at 10- to 15-foot intervals. These will be the areas you will be working on.

Step 2 – Cleaning Your First Section of the Siding

Choose a section of the vinyl siding to start the cleaning process and spray it with the cleaning solution you have made. Make sure that you spray all surfaces evenly. Get your scrubbing brush and scrub the section vigorously going from the top to bottom.

Step 3 – Cleaning the other Vinyl Siding Sections

Once you are done with the first section of your vinyl siding, move on to the next and repeat the same spraying and scrubbing process. Let the first section soak in the cleaning section for a few minutes. Once you are done with the second section, go back to the first and spray it with water using a hose. This will rinse off the vinyl siding section. After you have done this, go to the next unclean section and repeat the cleaning process while letting the previous section soak in the cleaning solution. Continue in this pattern until you have cleaned all of the sections of your vinyl siding.

Step 4 – Inspecting the Vinyl Siding

After the cleanup is done, inspect your vinyl siding carefully for remaining dirt or mildew and for staining. If there are such areas, get a cup of chlorine bleach and mix it to a gallon of water. Use this solution for scrubbing stains and remaining dirt. Let the solution soak for around 5 minutes before rinsing off with water.

When washing vinyl sidings, always start at the bottom part and work your way up. Maintain the wetness of the lower portion as you continue working. Keep your cleaning contained on the vinyl siding as dirty runoffs can put a stain on dry and clean surfaces around it. Never use a pressure washer when you are cleaning your vinyl siding. The strong force of the water can cause damage to the caulk which keeps moisture off the back of the siding. If such a thing happens, you will have to spend a lot on repairs and replacements.