How To Clean Siding Without A Power Washer

Posted on: 14 January 2015

If you want to clean your home's vinyl siding, one of the most common ways to do it is with a power washer. So what do you do if you don't have a power washer? Here are three methods for cleaning vinyl siding that do not require an expensive piece of equipment.

The Bleach Method

One of the reasons that bleach works so well for cleaning vinyl siding is because it will easily remove all the mildew and mold. In order to use it, you will need to make a simple solution with a few household ingredients.

  • Water – 1 gallon
  • Bleach – 1 quart
  • Powdered Laundry Detergent – 1/3 cup

Mix everything into a garden sprayer, and apply a solid coat to the vinyl siding. Let the solution soak in for about 15 minutes, then rinse the siding off with clean water.

The Vinegar Method

If you prefer an all-natural method, vinegar works by dissolving the mildew and mold on your siding.

Start by making a vinegar and water solution with 3 parts vinegar and 7 parts water. Apply it at the very top of your siding, since the cleaning solution will eventually run down and loosen dirt and mildew in the process. Use the solution to wash the siding using a scrub brush.

When scrubbing, use a back and forth motion that goes with the grain in the siding. This will help remove grime that is stuck in small grooves of your siding. When mildew or mold accumulates on your scrub brush, rinse it in a bucket of clean water.

Rinse your siding with clean water once you have scrubbed the entire surface area thoroughly.

The Baking Soda Method

For tough stains, use a mixture of water and baking soda to form a cleaning paste. Simply mix together the following ingredients.

  • Baking Soda – ½ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup

Apply the paste to the stain by scrubbing it in. Baking soda can be abrasive, and it will help remove any stain that has been giving you trouble.

Safety Concerns

Before you start cleaning your home's vinyl siding, be aware that bleach, vinegar, and baking soda can irritate your skin. Wear protective gloves to avoid causing any harm to your hands.

Even though some of these methods use natural materials, they can be harmful to any plants surrounding your home. Make sure to cover them with plastic to protect them, and spray off any residual cleaning solutions afterwards to keep your plants healthy.

By using these methods, you should not have any issues cleaning your vinyl siding without a power washer. If you find that you need professional help with your siding, contact a company like Lassiter Roofing Team.


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