That brings me to my siding. I don’t have much siding, but it had gotten gritty and dirty. Horribly dirty.
For some unknown reason, I had decided that cleaning the siding was beyond me, even though, it really wasn't. By just using Google, I found PLENTY of websites that explained the basic techniques of cleaning siding.
Most of the web sites I found used a power washer to clean the siding. However some articles cautioned against using one if you didn’t really know how to use it. I decided that it was in my best interest not to use a power washer.
The other tool that I didn't use was a garden sprayer. It's use was suggested in order to soap the siding. I thought that it would be too slow and just one more item that I would have to lug out and clean afterward. I used the following tools:
- Soft bristle brush
- Brush extension pole
- Hot water
- Dish washing liquid
- Soft Towel
- Water hose with a multi-sprayer nozzle
|But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?|
It is the East and her siding is the sun.
Working from the bottom up, I used the misting setting on the nozzle to wet the area I was going to clean. Then I used the soft bristle brush and hot soapy water to brush off the grit and grim. I only used enough force to get the dirt off. Next, I used the spray setting on the nozzle and sprayed downward (important!) to get the soap off. I used this method for all of the siding, except for the times I had to work around light fixtures or a crack. When I worked around those items, I used a towel to wash and wipe the soap off (Yes, I cleaned the rag with fresh water in between washing and wiping).
In an hour and a half (on a 90+ degree day) I had clean, if not pristine siding.
Next Up: Windows!