Your home’s exterior can be a little challenging to clean. The siding particularly covers a large space. But as long as you use the right cleaning method and tools, this chore should be simple and quick.
In this article, Nations Choice Windows, a top-rated contractor that provides replacement windows and home remodeling services, shares a few tips on how you can get rid of different kinds of dirt from your James Hardie® fiber cement siding.
Oil and Grease
Oil and grease can be tough to remove, but you don’t need fancy cleaning products or tools to get the job done. The mixture of mild liquid dishwashing soap and water is usually enough to clean your siding. Simply saturate a soft cloth with the soapy water mixture and use this to clean the surface of the siding. Don’t forget to rinse the cloth frequently as you go along. And once an area of your siding is completely covered with soapy water, use a garden hose to clean it. Make sure the soap doesn’t dry on the siding.
Mold and Mildew
Similar to roofing, your siding can also be damaged by mold and mildew when neglected. Mildew especially can be hard to detect since it sometimes resembles ordinary dirt. To be sure, you should check the panels, planks and shingles.
In cleaning mold and mildew, experts recommend using a mildew-specific cleaner and water. You’ll also need a soft cloth or soft sponge and a garden hose. If you’re using a product with stronger chemicals, carefully read the instructions for using it to avoid damage to your siding.
Nations Choice Windows is a trusted name in the industry. We have expertise in various areas of home improvement including entry doors, siding, and outdoor living. Call us at (703) 688-7100 or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve customers in Northern Virginia as well as Alexandria and McLean, VA.