If you started winter out with clean vinyl siding in great condition, you may see vinyl siding that looks much different when spring arrives. Constant snow, wind, ice, etc., can cause your vinyl siding to become dirty, and you may even see damage once the snow clears away. Below are some tips on how you can get your vinyl siding looking beautiful again.
Inspect for Damage
Walk around your home and closely inspect the vinyl siding. You may see pieces of siding that have cracked or been damaged in some other way. If so, you can replace one panel of the siding instead of replacing the siding on your entire home. This is one of the benefits of choosing vinyl siding for a home.
If you see that a winter storm blew off entire pieces of vinyl siding, you do not have to worry about permanent damage. This is because the underlying materials beneath the vinyl provide your home with short-term protection. Simply replace the blown-off panels, and your home will be back to normal.
If you see severe damage, such as several panels blown off, you should consider replacing the vinyl siding.
Clean Vinyl Siding
If your vinyl siding is grimy and dirty, you can clean it. If you had to replace some panels, these likely stand out from the dirty vinyl. One of the easiest ways to clean vinyl siding is using a pressure washer. If you do not own one, you can rent one from a home improvement store in your area.
Fill the reservoir with soap that is made for vinyl siding. How much soap you add depends on how large the reservoir is. Refer to the owner's manual for the pressure washer and it should tell you.
The pressure washer has several tips that you can change depending on what you are cleaning. For vinyl siding, the general use tip will work well. This tip delivers the water at an angle so it does not damage the siding but there is still enough pressure to clean it effectively.
Start at the top spraying the water back and forth on the vinyl as you move your way down to the bottom. Work in sections at a time until all the siding is clean. If you have built-on dirt and grime, use a brush that has an extendable handle to scrub it off.
When you are finished, thoroughly rinse the siding with a garden hose to remove the soap.
If you find that you cannot get the vinyl siding clean, you can hire a professional to clean it for you.