What Is The Safest Way To Clean Vinyl Siding? (Soft Washing is the answer)

What Is The Safest Way To Clean Vinyl Siding? (Soft Washing is the answer)

With as many different siding options there are, there are equally as many cleaning and maintenance options. Each option is dependent on your intended outcome as well as what issue you’re dealing with. When undergoing the task of cleaning the exterior of your home or building you must take into consideration the type of siding and material you’ll be working with. This rings especially true when cleaning vinyl siding.


Mold and mildew are the most common culprits when it comes to issues affecting vinyl siding. These can be found on many houses with vinyl siding in all climates. Lack of sunlight, humidity and moisture, as well as buildup of dirt can all be contributing factors to the growth of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew growing on your vinyl siding is not only unsightly, but it can also pose a health risk to you and your family if it gets too out of control.


As you start to notice mold and mildew growing on your vinyl siding, your first thought might be to take a simple garden hose to it, or a wet rag and simply wash it away. Unfortunately, riding your siding of the underlying issue is not as easy as that. Many people may then turn to pressure washing to blast the mold and mildew from their vinyl siding. As a homeowner you run an extreme risk of causing even worse damage to your siding or windows and other house fixtures by turning to pressure washing. Pressure washing vinyl siding also contains the high risk of allowing water in under the siding which can lead to devastating issues within the home.


Soft washing your vinyl siding is the most effective way to work through issues relating to mold and mildew growth. Soft washing uses a low pressure water stream (500 PSI or lower), and detergents and chemicals to break down dirt and grime. The detergent sits on the siding for 15-20 minutes before they’re rinsed off with an applicator. After being rinsed you can rest assured that not only does your siding look aesthetically better, but the root cause of the mold and mildew buildup has also been eradicated. Since water by itself does not clean the siding as effectively as detergent and chemicals, soft washing is the best option for this material. It is important to take into consideration that soft washing does require a higher concentration of detergents and chemicals as well as more water in order to thoroughly clean your vinyl siding.


In order to ensure your siding is being cleaned correctly and to make sure you aren’t risking any damage to your home, or spreading any mold or mildew to other parts of your home, it’s best to hire a professional company to undertake the soft washing procedure. By hiring a professional company they can help advise the course of action to clearing your vinyl siding of unwanted growth.

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