Vinyl siding is durable, attractive, and easy to maintain. Like any outdoor product, however, even low-maintenance vinyl siding will need attention from time to time. Don't worry! Simply follow the cleaning and maintenance tips in this brochure and your vinyl siding will always look its best.
How do I wash vinyl siding?
Wash vinyl siding with a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled, soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to avoid smearing stains into the grooves of the texture. To prevent streaking from soap and water running down the house during cleaning,
start at the bottom of the house and work up. Rinse the cleaning solution with water before it dries. If your house has brick facing, cover the brick so that it is not affected by the runoff.
Can I use a power washer?
Yes, though you should read the washer instructions thoroughly before use. When cleaning, hold the power washer straight at eye level. Do not aim the power washer upward, as the water may collect behind the siding,
leak later, and produce streaks or could remain and cause decay.
How do I remove mold and mildew?
Small spots of mold and mildew can be handled with cleaners such as Fantastik® or Windex®. For larger sections, a solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%) has proven successful. Alternatively, you also could try
the following solution: 1/3 cup (2 2/3 ounces) powdered laundry detergent (e.g., Tide®, Fab®, or equivalent), 2/3 cup (5 1/3 ounces) powdered household cleaner (e.g., Spic & Span®, Soilax®, or equivalent), 1 quart (32 fluid ounces) liquid laundry bleach, and 1 gallon (128 fluid
ounces) of water.
What types of cleaners should I use for other stains?
A list of commonly accepted cleaners is provided in the box below. Be sure to spot check any general or stain specific cleaner before using it on a large section of siding. After removing the stain, rinse thoroughly with water. Do not use cleaners containing organic solvents, undiluted
chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, nail polish remover, or furniture polish or cleaners. They can affect the surface of the siding.
Vinyl Siding Cleaners
General cleaners (e.g., Simple Green®, Nice & Easy®, Armor All®, etc.) can be used to clean dirt, bird droppings, and spider webs. Stain-specific cleaners are listed below. Rinse all cleaners with water before they dry.
Before cleaning main areas of your home try a hidden area to ensure desired results
Bubble Gum ---- Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, solution of vinegar (30%), water (70%) and Windex®
Crayon ---- Lestoil®
DAP (oil-based caulk) ----- Fantastik®
Felt-tip Pen ----- Fantastik®, water-based cleaners
Grass ---- Fantastik®, Lysol®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®
Lithium (car) Grease---- Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®
Motor Oil ----- Fantastik®, Lysol®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®
Paint ----- Brillo® Pad, Soft Scrub®
Pencil ------ Soft Scrub®
Rust ---- Fantastik®, Murphy Oil Soap®, Windex®
Tar ---- Soft Scrub®
Top Soil ----- Fantastik®, Lestoil®, Murphy Oil Soap®
Van Rybroeck Aluminum does not endorse products or processes and makes no warranties for the products referenced herein. Reference to proprietary names is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to imply that there are not equally effective alternatives.
NOTE: Follow precautionary labelling instructions on all cleaning agent containers. Protect eyes, skin, and shrubs from direct contact with cleaning agents.
Cleaning your vinyl siding