SidingYou might think of winter is a very difficult time to undertake any exterior cleaning. But when the temperatures climb into the tolerable range, it will be worth your effort to get out and clean your vinyl siding – and get a huge jump on your spring cleaning.

New siding give your home a brand new, beautiful look to its exterior. If you can handle the outdoors when the mercury hovers around zero, you can save yourself a lot of time in the spring. And, as a bonus, your home will shine year round.

What do I need?

You should use a long-handled, soft-bristled brush to clean your siding. Fill up a bucket with three parts water and one part chlorine bleach. If you don’t like working with bleach, a third of a cup of laundry detergent will work, too. Even a solution of 70% water and 30% vinegar will work.

The technique

Start at the bottom and work your way up. Although it might sound counterintuitive, this technique is best for preventing streaks and stains. If you have brick or stone near the siding, you may wish to cover it to prevent damage. Some people prefer to use a power washer, but that’s not necessary. In fact, some types of siding may be damaged by power washers. Check with your siding-installation contractor to make sure. Plus, regular maintenance will mean that you won’t need a power washer’s force. That saves you money.

The result

With regular upkeep and a bit of elbow grease, you’ll have a great-looking home year round. If you have any questions regarding your vinyl siding in Minnesota, contact us at 651-967-7017. We are here to help.

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