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How to Clean and Maintain the Siding on Your Home

Customers with installed siding from Metropolitan Contractors should know how to clean and maintain it properly. This will keep it in good condition and preserve the appearance of your home while preserving the lifespan of the material, no matter which type of siding you’ve chosen for the home. Routine cleaning and inspection will remove all of the harmful contaminants that can damage your siding if left unchecked.

Here are some helpful tips for homeowners to follow when they clean any type of siding and the recommended frequency with which it should be done:

Cleaning Basics

No matter what type of siding you have on your house it could use, at the very least, an annual cleaning. How you do it is up to you, whether you want to do the whole thing by hand with the family or a few friends or get a power-washer to handle the job, there is a simple and easy to create cleaning solution to ensure that your siding looks good as new.

Soapy Water and Trisodium Phosphate

Those are the two main ingredients you need to clean vinyl siding, wood siding, even stucco. Add half a cup of trisodium phosphate to one gallon of warm, soapy water. Stir it thoroughly and you’re ready to get to work.

Check for Damage

Before you start cleaning your siding, do a thorough inspection all around the exterior of your home. Look for any damage such as cracks or chipped paint prior to cleaning because water could get in through any compromised portions in the boards. That water could prove destructive over time unless you’re careful.

Do a quick walk around your home and check for cracks, chipped paint, cracked boards, or other damages before you start the process of cleaning your siding. If you have cracks, water from cleaning could seep into the home, causing serious damage and trouble over time.

Cleaning Procedures

Using a soft-bristle brush, clean your siding in ten-foot sections. Each section should be scrubbed starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top of the section. Try to avoid leaving any streaks and rinse repeatedly as you move from one to the next. Power washers can be helpful in getting up at the second story areas of the siding and up near the roofing easily, instead of relying on a ladder to reach those elevated parts of the house.

Recommended Maintenance for Siding Materials

Vinyl siding doesn’t need to be cleaned more than once a year and doing it more than that could actually diminish the material. Power washing is preferable but doing it by hand will get the job done as well. Wood siding should be given a treatment every four to six years but cleaning doesn’t need to be performed more than once a year. Stucco siding might need some tender loving care once or twice a year as it can stain quickly and easily from any number of environmental causes.

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