Cleaning plywood siding

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Old 06-07-06, 04:09 AM
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Cleaning plywood siding

My house is sided with a plywood based siding (t-111? reverse battan board) and it needs cleaning not repainting. I searched this forum and found a thread that said to use 25% bleach with water and a little soap but that this mixture is caustic. My windows are clad in aluminum and I was wondering if there was a less caustic solution that would still clean dirt and mildew. Any ideas? Thanks for any help.
 
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I wouldn't think that it would be a problem. You won't be letting the watered down bleach set on the aluminum for an extended time. As always rinse well. There are some deck/siding cleaners that are supposed to be a little more user friendly.

Generally when I wash a house I'll mix the bleach a little stronger [35-50%] spray it on with a pump up garden sprayer and rinse it off before it has had time to dry. The only concerns I have ever had was protecting plants [may be as easy as wetting with water first, or covering them up with plastic] and leaky windows or doors.
 
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Old 06-08-06, 03:54 AM
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Thanks Marksr, I'll move ahead with that project!
 
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