Cleaning Differences with Solid Vinyl Siding
Solid vinyl siding is a great example of how vinyl siding is evolving into a better product. Vinyl siding has been around since the early 60s for use on the exterior of homes. It did not really take off until the late 80s when builders began offering it as a standard siding for homes other than mobile homes. Vinyl siding is very popular today because of the way that it withstands weather and its low maintenance properties.
Better Siding Means Better Protection
As technology continues to improve, vinyl siding has also made advances in how it protects the exterior of a home. The solid vinyl siding contains a solid core that provides up to 300 percent better impact resistance. This means that the solid vinyl siding does not crack as easily as regular siding. While it is great that the solid core vinyl siding does not crack as easily as regular vinyl siding, there is still some basic maintenance that needs to be done on a yearly basis.
Cleaning Solid Vinyl Siding
There is not a lot of difference between regular vinyl siding and the solid core vinyl siding. Cleaning the two will basically be the same. One major difference is that the solid vinyl siding lays perfectly flat against the exterior of the home. This is why it resists impacts much better than regular siding. Cleaning the siding then can be done with a little more power to remove any deep grime and stains.
Always Pre-Rinse Solid Vinyl Siding
Removing as much of the dirt from the siding as possible before applying any cleaners, sponges, or brushes to the surface is always an important first step. This will help to cut down on any scratches that may happen as a result of dragging a small rock against the vinyl. While the solid vinyl siding is impact-resistant, it can scratch when a sharp edge is dragged across it.
Pressure Washer Makes Job Easier
Homeowners can use a pressure washer for cleaning regular vinyl siding. However, they must be careful of the actual power setting of the water. By not being able to have a powerful enough stream of water, there are some stains that might not be removed. These can include bird droppings, baked-in dirt, or paint scrapes. With the solid vinyl siding a homeowner is able to use a more powerful stream of water without worrying about denting the surface, or causing a crack at a weak point.
Scrub With Soft Brush
Like a regular vinyl siding exterior, you should use a soft brush to clean the surface of any dirt. A brush is preferable over a cloth because of the way that the bristles will be able to work into the small surface areas of the grain or indents. Work the brush in a circular motion to work out any dirt that is ground in.
Rinse from Top to Bottom
Since washing the solid vinyl siding is much the same as regular siding you should also keep in mind to rinse the siding and not leave any soap residue. This type of rinsing will also keep any streaks from forming that can make the siding look like it is still dirty.