If you are a homeowner, you are no stranger to maintenance. Home exteriors can present a particular challenge because they are exposed to the elements and changing seasons. If your house has wood or vinyl siding, over time it can develop mold and mildew.
The question of how to remove mold from siding or how to remove mildew from siding is fairly straightforward. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the available removal materials. Some widely-used solutions may not be the best tools for the job, despite their popularity.
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Debunking a Mold and Mildew Myth
Two of the most common siding materials are wood and vinyl, which are both porous substances. Homeowners should, therefore, target efforts at extracting mold and mildew at the root. They are fungi, which means unless entirely eradicated, they will regrow.
Many homeowners will use diluted chlorine bleach to remove mold and mildew. However, chlorine bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, has its drawbacks. Chlorine bleach poses a risk to outdoor plants and clothing, for one thing.
Chlorine bleach is also ineffective for the job of removing mold and mildew from house siding. Chlorine bleach effectively treats the symptoms without eradicating the underlying cause. The fungi cannot thoroughly die out before the chlorine bleach evaporates.
How to Clean Vinyl Siding
Homeowners can clean their home’s siding as needed, or every one to two years. Vinyl leads the pack as the most favored house siding material since 1995. In addition to the risk of mold and mildew, conventional lawn and yard care substances can discolor vinyl siding.
Among vinyl’s advantages is the ease with which homeowners can clean it. There are many options for cleaning solutions. While homeowners should avoid chlorine bleach, oxygen bleach, also known as hydrogen peroxide, may be used on vinyl.
A diluted vinegar solution can take care of lighter mold and mildew. Aim for a ratio of 70% water to 30% white vinegar. This water and vinegar mixture has the added benefit of being good for the planet.
To clean vinyl siding with water and vinegar, the homeowner will need a ladder and a brush or cloth. The person cleaning should wear rubber gloves to prevent the vinegar from bothering their skin. Vinegar can also damage to certain plants, so homeowners should take steps to protect any at-risk plants.
If a homeowner decides to hand-wash their vinyl siding with vinegar, they will need to clean in sections. Different schools of thought exist on whether vinegar cleaning works best from the top down, or up from the bottom. We suggest homeowners consult with subject matter experts on such questions.If you are considering vinyl siding for your home, Advanced Roofing & Siding is happy to help. Vinyl siding installation is a specialty of ours across Anoka County, Hennepin County and Washington County (Greater Minneapolis).
How to Clean Wood Siding
Owners of homes with wood exteriors also need to know how to remove mold from its siding. Wood siding can attract many of the same problems as vinyl siding, and it requires regular maintenance. Homeowners may think their homes need to be repainted or touched up, when in fact a simple clean would suffice.
If a homeowner opts to hand wash their wood siding, there are a few things they should keep in mind. Anyone who wants to hand-wash their wood siding can use many of the same vinyl cleaning tools and techniques. The person cleaning should use a soft-bristled brush to scrub, working in sections again.
As for the cleaning solution, homeowners can choose from a variety of options. Homeowners may opt to clean their wood siding with an all-purpose cleaner, or a Trisodium Phosphate Powder (TSP) and water solution. The person cleaning with TSP will need to take precautions to protect their skin, clothing, eyes, and the surrounding vegetation.
Some areas have banned TSP, so we recommend homeowners check local laws and regulations before they commit to this particular method.
To Pressure Wash or Not?
A homeowner who is looking to save time may wonder if pressure washing is better for their siding. Some cleaning solutions are not ideal for a pressure washer, and some manufacturers discourage pressure washing on their siding.
Homeowners considering pressure washing their vinyl siding should find out what cleaning tools and techniques the manufacturer recommends. If a manufacturer recommends pressure washing, they may have guidance on the best-suited pressure level for the home’s siding.
Pressure washers can present challenges to a user who is unfamiliar with them. Inexperienced users can end up doing more harm than good if they have not done their research on pressure washing. The water pressure can end up damaging property, including creating holes in the siding.
Homeowners who feel uncomfortable doing the pressure washing themselves may wish to hire a professional. The right contractor will use safe, effective cleaning products and the appropriate amount of pressure.
How Advanced Roofing & Siding Can Help
These insights on how to remove mold are not just for current homeowners. They are useful even if you do not own a home yet or are buying or building one. You will be glad you know the types of upkeep different kinds of siding require before you select one.
Advanced Roofing & Siding installs the entire array of siding, including vinyl, as well as steel, LP, and James Hardie. We recommend new siding as a way to drive up a home’s value and curb appeal. Advanced Roofing & Siding is a licensed, bonded, and insured Better Business Bureau member in the state of Minnesota.
We specialize in vinyl siding installation. We stand by our vinyl siding because of its durability and how easy it is for homeowners to maintain. Advanced Roofing & Siding installation experts are willing and able to consult with you to discuss details and answer questions.
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