Every year, thousands of homeowners across the country pressure wash their vinyl siding to remove dirt, dust and debris. Contrary to popular belief, power washing your home’s exterior can do more damage than good. Many homeowners find their siding worn or damaged after a power wash. Take a closer look at the damage pressure washing can do to your siding, and learn about the safer and more effective alternatives to giving your home’s exterior a deep clean.
Pressure washing could lead to discoloration of the vinyl, leaving the appearance weathered and worn.
Using the wrong pressure setting could pit the vinyl, causing structural or aesthetic damage.
You can damage other parts of your exterior when you pressure wash, from the caulking around doors and windows to screens and trim.
Cleansing vinyl siding by hand is the best and safest method to prevent damage. Use soap and warm water to gently wash away dirt and debris with a cloth or brush.
MOST homeowners realize the value of interior cleaning, but they often fail to appreciate how important it is to clean the exterior of the house. It's the first thing your visitors see. More important, a good washing will remove the dirt and grit particles that collect during the year. When agitated by the wind and rain, these abrasive particles can quickly mar or damage your siding or masonry. An annual cleaning can help prolong the life of those surfaces.