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How to Clean Vinyl Siding?


Is your vinyl siding covered in algae, mildew, or other harmful bacteria? Just like everything else in and outside your home, regular cleaning is a necessity when it comes to vinyl siding. Keeping up with regular cleaning can not only save you time when it comes to future cleanings but help destroy dangerous bacteria that might make its way into your home. A fast and effective way to take care of unwanted mildew and mold is by using a pressure washer. Learn from the experts at APW how to properly use a pressure washer to keep your vinyl siding looking great.

  • Prepare Your Home for Treatment

To get the best clean for your siding, it is important to make sure that all of your home’s windows are closed, outdoor furniture is moved, and any other tripping hazards are removed from the area that you will be treating. Failure to clear the area beforehand could result in trips, slips, and falls that could otherwise be avoided.

  • Treat Any Mildew

If your vinyl has a large amount of mildew on it, it is best to treat it with either a bleach mixture or a solution that is formulated to treat mildew. It is important to remember to do this step before you start pressure washing the rest of the vinyl in order to make the rest of the cleaning process go smoothly.


  • Apply Cleaning Solution to Vinyl

Once you have properly treated any mildew on your vinyl siding, it is time to get to work on pressure washing! Depending on the amount of grime on your siding, you may need to add a cleaning solution to your pressure washer. Make sure the pressure washer wand is far enough away from your siding so that no damage occurs. A good rule of thumb is to pressure wash using smooth, straight strokes across a small area.

  • Let Cleaning Solution Sit

Working in small sections, let the cleaning solution break down the grime on your vinyl siding for around 3 minutes. You don’t want the cleaning solution to completely dry on your siding, so it is important to be aware of factors like the wind that may dry out your solution faster.

  • Rinse and Let Dry

The last step for cleaning your vinyl siding is to pressure wash all the cleaning solution off of your siding with clean water. Start at the top of your siding and work your way down until all traces of the cleaning solution are gone. Once you are done, let your siding air dry and enjoy!


While many Jacksonville homeowners may be tempted to try pressure washing themselves, Aarron’s Pressure Washing always recommends hiring a professional to make sure the job is done correctly. If you are in need of a local pressure washing company to cleaning your vinyl siding, Aarron’s is happy to help answer any questions you might have. For a free estimate or answers to any pressure washing questions, give Aarron’s a call today at 904-386-4871.

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