springcleantips.com

 

Cleaning tips to keep homes clean and fresh 

Cleaning Vinyl Siding

 

There are a number of ways I have come across of cleaning vinyl siding or UPVC Fascia's, so I have listed cleaning methods for these methods.

 

 



 

  • Cleaning vinyl siding by hand


  •  This method will depend on how grubby the siding is, if it is very grubby then you will need a scrubbing brush, if not then using cloths will be fine. I would suggest using microfibre cloths as these are abrasive enough to remove the grime.

  •  If using microfibre cloths it is best to wear waterproof gloves as I found that these type of cloths would irritate my hands and dry them out.
  •  
       If you need to use ladders to reach all of the vinyl siding then check out our How to use ladders page.
         
           The other thing that you will need is a means to hang your bucket from the ladders so that you have both of your hands free.
             
               The best ways I found was to use a "s" hook or to use a ladder stand off that has a bucket hook.
            •  
             cleaning vinyl siding by hand
             
                   Slightly dirty - Maintenance clean
                • Now if the siding is only slightly dirty, you can just use plain water, a damp cloth and a dry cloth.

                 

                • Just wash down with the damp cloth and then buff up the siding with the dry cloth.

                 

                • If you want to bring the siding back to "as new" then finish off with a cream cleanser for UPVC.This gets the grime out of the pores of the siding.

                Really dirty - Restoration clean


                  • Choose the type of detergent to use, I used to put some flash liquid in my water. Other professional cleaners I know, used TFR (traffic film remover, used by car valeters)

                 

                • If using a detergent then it would be wise to wear some goggles to protect your eyes.

                 

                • First of all you will need to remove the bulk of the grime with the scrubbing brush. So I would suggest doing all of the siding with the scrubbing brush.

                 

                • Then starting at the top use the damp cloth and dry cloth to complete the rest of the clean.

                 

                • Again use cream cleanser to finish off.


                • Cleaning vinyl siding using water fed poles


                  • This is the way that we clean UPVC Fascia's now.

                   

                  • We use a professional system which uses purified water and this means that we don't need to use any detergents to produce excellent results.

                   

                  • If you intend to clean your Vinyl Siding on a regular basis, it could be worth investing in a decent water fed pole.There are water fed poles that you can buy and just connect to your water supply.

                   

                  • If you clean the vinyl siding on a regular basis with the water fed pole, then this will save you from having to use any cream cleansers, and thus, no need to work off ladders.

                 

                • Cleaning vinyl siding using pressure washers
                •  
                •  
                  • For a full description of the method of using a pressure washer, check out our cleaning brick walls page.

                  • If the Vinyl Siding is very grubby then you might well need to spray a detergent on to the siding to loosen up the grime.
                  • But check how it will effect any plants that you have close to the building, if it is normal washing up liquid, plants tend to like this.
                  • Give the detergent 5 minutes to work before using the pressure washer to remove the grime.
                  • Wearing goggles is recommended when using a pressure washer, especially if it is a bit windy.
                   Pressue wash fascia
                   


                 


                 

                 Return to External Cleaning

                Return from cleaning vinyl siding to Homepage

                 

                Navigation

                Blocked Gutter

                Bird PreventionWindow Cleaning