How to Clean a Vinyl Shed
A vinyl shed presents some recommendable advantages over traditional, wooden sheds. Each vinyl shed is made from vinyl panels that are joined according to specific measurements. Each vinyl panel in turn consists of fine, vinyl membranes. Each of these membranes is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride. Vinyl surfaces are manufactured, thermoplastic materials that offer great durability. Vinyl sheets are better insulated against harsh weather conditions, are inherently impermeable to water, and don’t expand/contract easily when subjected to extreme heat or cold.
However, with a period of sustained usage, vinyl sheds can develop stains and other hygiene issues. Thus, a homeowner should know how to clean a vinyl shed.
Step 1—Getting Started
Wear a pair of plastic gloves since chemicals in the washing solution can harm the skin. It is advised to start with a broom to brush-away the visible dust, grime or cobwebs.
Step 2—Basic Cleaning with Pressurized Water
You should use a garden hose to wash the vinyl panels. However, ensure that you maintain minimal water pressure since the vinyl lining can be harmed. After wetting the vinyl panels, use a long-handle brush to scrub the surface. Use a soft-bristle brush to avoid scratching the surface. Allow the scrubbed vinyl shed to dry for a few hours. If you find that the vinyl surface isn't clean, proceed with a more thorough cleaning.
Step 3—Cleaning with Soaps, Detergents
Prepare a solution with some household, cleaning solvents mixed in water. Try to use mild detergents that pose no threat of chemically reacting with the vinyl surface. Dip the mop in this solution and scrub the vinyl panels. Leave the soaped panels unattended for about 30 minutes. This allows the soap to act upon the hard-to-remove grime. Thoroughly rinse the panels using the garden hose.
Step 4—Removing Stains, Chemical Spotting
Sheds are often used to store goods that contain grease or chemicals. As a result, shed surfaces are vulnerable to stains of oil, ink, grease, tar and other household chemicals. To remove these stains, use synthetic turpentine oil. You can also use any kind of mineral spirit. If the vinyl panels have a neutral shade that cannot be spoiled by minimal bleaching, you can use hydrogen-peroxide bleach. Dip a sponge into any of these cleaning agents and scrub the vinyl panels. Allow the cleaning agents to act upon the stains for about 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the vinyl surfaces with a garden hose.
Step 5—Removing Mildew from Vinyl Shed
Prepare a cleaning solution by pouring 3 cups of vinegar in about 2 liters of water. Dip a sponge in this solution and wipe the vinyl surfaces with it. Scrub hard at the mildew deposits.