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How to Keep Vinyl Siding Like New in 5 Simple Steps

How to Keep Vinyl Siding Like New in 5 Simple Steps By Kelly Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You were smart enough to buy a home with vinyl siding. Its collection of unique benefits over other building materials made the choice a no-brainer. Now, protect what is perhaps your most valuable investment. Vinyl siding is not care-free if you want it to look great and withstand the test of time. Here are five simple steps suggested by the Vinyl Siding Institute for maintaining, cleaning, or restoring your vinyl siding so that it performs for the life of your home.

1. How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding
In most cases, gentler is better. A soft cloth or ordinary long-handled, soft-bristle brush works best, particularly on vinyl siding with rough textures. Wash from the bottom to the top using a general cleaner, making sure to rinse away any residue completely. Cover any exposed brick to avoid it being affected by runoff.

2. How to Remove Mold or Mildew from Your Vinyl Siding
Mold and mildew present a particular challenge. If the stained area is larger than a basic cleaner can handle, use a solution of vinegar (30 percent) and water (70 percent) with that long-handled, soft-bristle brush. You can use a power washer if you have access to one, but always spray in a downward motion and avoid any opening in the wall (i.e. a window, door, vent, etc.).

3. How to Buy the Right Paint for Your Vinyl Siding
Always look for the VSI Vinyl Siding Product Certification Program seal on various brands. This verifies that the paint you buy has been tested by a third party and meets strict requirements for quality and performance. You can get a list of certified brands from the Vinyl Siding Institute Web site.

4. How to Protect Your Vinyl Siding from Heat Exposure
Vinyl siding is resilient and can withstand higher temps than most other building materials. However, there is a threshold, and you don't want to cross it. That said, make sure that you don't use a grill or start any intense open fires around your home.

5. How to Preserve Vinyl Siding Colors
You'd be surprised at the number of stains, sealants, insecticides, and herbicides that can discolor or stain your vinyl siding when contact is made. Be sure to cover any would-be affected areas before you start various home improvement projects. Failure to do so may result in a paint job that you hadn't planned on.

With these steps, you can keep your vinyl siding looking like new for as long as you're in your home.

Sources
VSI • Cleaning • Dec 18, 2009 • http://www.vinylsiding.orghttp://www.vinylsiding.org/aboutsiding/cleanmain/cleaning/ • Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc.,
VSI • Maintenance • Dec 18, 2009 • http://www.vinylsiding.orghttp://www.vinylsiding.org/aboutsiding/cleanmain/maintenance/ • Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc.


About the Author
A freelance writer, researcher and teacher, Kelly Richardson has over 15 years of creative and technical writing experience. He teaches secondary Honors-level English and writes for a variety of clients in specialized industries such as medicine, technology and education. Kelly holds Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in English and Education from Georgia State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Policy & Leadership.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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