Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

Your home’s envelope takes a beating every winter and into early spring. Snow, wind, and cold spring rains can all contribute to your siding looking dingy, dirty, and even moldy if a particular area doesn’t get enough sunlight. Spring is a great time to give your siding a good scrub down. While vinyl siding is a maintenance free option for your home, it can still benefit from periodic cleaning to keep it looking like new.

Before you begin cleaning your siding, take some steps to protect the surrounding landscaping and electrical items. Cover outlets and outdoor light fixtures with plastic and tape, as well as laying plastic or a light tarp over shrubbery and landscape plants that your cleaning solution could harm. Select your cleaning solution carefully. Not only can chlorine bleach and harsh chemicals damage your landscaping, but you also need to keep in mind the runoff that will cause these chemicals to end up in our waterways. Dish soap or laundry soap mixed with warm water are efficient at cleaning your siding. Oxygenated non-chlorine bleach like Oxy-Clean or a natural cleaning solution like Simple Green are both environmentally kind choices. And plain old white vinegar is great for stubborn mold spots.

When cleaning your siding, you want to work in steps. First, hose down one section of siding using a garden hose. Be sure to direct the hose spray from the top down. Otherwise, you risk water getting behind the siding and causing a host of problems including mold growth and damage to your home’s framing.

You can use a handheld spray bottle to apply your dish soap mixture. Using a wet soft-bristled brush, start from the bottom of your section and scrub from side to side. Obviously, you may have to use a ladder to reach the top if you have a two story home or a steep roof pitch. Keep ladder safety in mind. Once you reach the top of that section, rinse with your garden hose from the top down. Make sure you work in small enough sections that the soap doesn’t dry before you have a chance to rinse it.

If you are located on a wooded lot or have areas of your siding that get little or no sun, you may have green or black mold and mildew spots. Regular dish soap or laundry soap usually won’t get rid of these spots. This is when you want to break out the Oxy-Clean or Simple Green. Use a 1:10 ratio of cleaning solution to water, apply in the same manner as your other areas, and allow to sit for a few minutes. Then scrub clean with a soft bristled brush and rinse well.

Again, it bears repeating that you should take all safety precautions when working on a ladder. Ladder falls injure over 500,000 people each year in the U.S., require 164,000 emergency room visits, and cause 300 deaths. Make sure you’re using the proper safety procedures, including proper setup and maneuvering the ladder. If you are at all hesitant, consider hiring a professional to clean your siding.

Call Thompson Creek today for a no-obligation quote at 888-696-7105.


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17 thoughts on “Removing Window Screens for the Winter – Yes, You Need To Do This

  1. Thanks for pointing out that the tracks must be thoroughly cleaned so that there will be no incidents of stuck windows in the future. I will keep this in mind so that we will not have such issues. I just needed to know about these things because we will have all the windows replaced next month in the house that we’ve bought. It is because they are too old already.

    1. All of the winter window preparation tips are important to ensure your windows will perform their best during the cold months. Check back for more tips soon!

  2. Great advice! I would add “don’t hire a handyman”. I have seen more problems created by a “handyman” that turned a simple repair into an expensive replacement.

    1. We are extremely proud to be the one company that does it all – design, build and install. All of our products are backed by our warranty and post-installation service so our customers don’t have to worry about a handyman ever again!

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  4. We had Thompson creek windows installed 10yrs ago to one of the Windows were broken and they are double pain is this something covered under the lifetime warranty

    1. Thank you for your comment, Christopher. Yes, this is something covered under the lifetime warranty. Please contact us at (301) 640-5497. We look forward to resolving this issue.

    1. Hi Nina! Yes, this is very normal. Instead of allowing the cold air into your home, Thompson Creek windows will attract the cold air, making the windows cold to touch.

  5. I had no idea that ice could damage your window panes. It is important to consider maintenance when choosing windows. We are planning on getting new folding windows, so I wanted to look into it beforehand.

  6. I agree that your home’s exterior envelop takes all the beating during rains and hot temperature as well as absorb all kind of dirt and molds. It’s a great thing that you mentioned proper ways on how to clean the vinyl siding. This is informative to me because I’m planning to get vinyl siding for my new house. Once done, I’ll remember all these tips to make sure that the coating is always sturdy from any external factors.

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