The vinyl siding on your home keeps your home protected and well-maintained for many years, as one of the benefits of installing vinyl siding is its ability to remain attractive looking with little maintenance. Although vinyl siding does not require a regular coat of paint or resurfacing, there are some maintenance steps you should take to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips to clean your vinyl siding and repair holes that can occur from impact damage.
Clean Your Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding can become soiled by tree sap, insect stains, and mold or mildew, which can all mar the surface of your home's exterior. Depending on the type of stain, you should use a proper cleaning agent and scrubbing cloth to remove the residue without damaging the vinyl's exterior. Vinyl can easily become scratched from abrasive scrubbers. Its surface can become damaged with the use of paint thinner and remover, undiluted chlorine bleach, nail polish remover, and furniture cleaner in an attempt to remove a stain, so it is important to avoid these. Be sure to rinse any cleaner from the surface of the vinyl before it dries onto its surface.
To clean tree sap from your vinyl, apply some vegetable oil or Goo Gone onto a cleaning cloth and rub the surface of the vinyl until the sticky residue dissolves and comes lose from the vinyl. To remove other residues, such as tar, motor oil, and other hard-to-remove stains, spray a bathtub cleaner over the stain and use a plastic scrubby sponge to work the stain from the vinyl's surface.
To remove mold and mildew, apply some ammonia-based cleaner onto a clean rag and rug it from the vinyl. For cleaning large areas of mildew and mold growth, combine an ammonia cleaning solution in a cleaning bucket and apply the ammonia cleaner to the surface of your vinyl with a long-handled scrub brush. It is most helpful to start at the top of the stain and work your way down the side of the vinyl.
Repair Holes in Your Vinyl
To repair a small hole in your siding, you only need a tube of caulking in a color that matches your siding. Apply the caulk into the hole, filling the area immediately behind the hole until the surface of the hole is level with the surrounding vinyl. Use your finger to wipe off any excess caulk from the surface of the hole and to make it smooth and level.
If your siding has a larger hole or a crack, unsnap the bottom of the length of vinyl siding from your home and apply some foil tape onto the back side of the hole or crack. Connect the vinyl back in place and fill over the patched hole or crack with matching caulk, smoothing its surface.
Use this information to help you maintain and repair your vinyl siding or contact your local repair contractors, like CJ Scotti Services.