As a homeowner, you understand the importance of maintaining your property to get the most out of it. Neglecting maintenance of your home's wood siding can result in costly repairs and become quite the headache. To avoid these costly repairs you should clean your wood siding thoroughly at least once a year.
Something as simple as dirt being left on your house's wood siding for extended periods of time can cost you thousands in repairs. The dirt will also tend to discolor your beautiful wood stain and leave it looking old, and worn out. This can affect your home's curb appeal and depreciate your home's value. Fortunately, cleaning your home's wood siding is not that complicated of a task.
How to Get Started
If you are not interested in paying a professional to clean your wood siding, there is no reason why you cannot do it yourself. You will need a soft-bristle brush, a garden hose, and some house and wood side cleaner to get started.
Begin by first inspecting all your wood siding. Make sure none of the siding is cracked, has mold and mildew, or contains rust stains. Mold and mildew will typically appear as black splotches on the siding.
What to Do if You Encounter Mold or Mildew
If you do encounter some mold, the best thing to do is mix one part bleach to four parts water. If you want a more natural solution to fighting mold and mildew, you can also use white vinegar. Then, scrub the area containing the mold with your choice of cleaner, and thoroughly rinse with your hose. This should rid the problem and eliminate any future spores. If you have landscaping near the siding where the mold and mildew is present, you may want to put plastic over the landscaping to prevent the bleach from damaging the plants.
After the Inspection Is Complete
Once you have completed your inspection, pick a section of the siding and get it wet. Next, begin scrubbing the siding with warm soapy water until you are satisfied with how clean it looks. It is vital to make sure you wash off any soap and debris. You should never try to wash the entire siding at one time because leaving soap behind on the siding can cause damage.
It is also important for you to resist any urge to rush out and buy or rent a pressure washer. A pressure washer on wood siding can actually do more harm than good if you are not a professional when it comes to using one. For instance, if your wood siding is stained, a pressure washer can actually strip the wood of that beautiful stain.
After you have completed the cleaning, take a step back and enjoy a job well done. This task might seem tedious, but having wood siding that will last you years to come will far outweigh a little bit of elbow grease once a year.