DIY: How to Clean Your Siding Without a Pressure Washer
When your house starts looking a little dingy, a quick way to brighten it is by washing the siding. Doing this without a pressure washer can sound like a daunting task, but it's easier than you might think. With a little elbow grease, you can shine up some much-needed curb appeal. Let's jump in and whip your siding back into shape.
Step 1: Inspect Siding and Test Your Mix
Take a walk around your home and inspect the siding for any damage. Look from various angles to make sure you don’t miss anything. If there are any loose sheets, make sure to secure them before you start cleaning.
Next, test your soap and water mix to ensure that it doesn’t damage the siding. Clean it, rinse and let it sit. If there aren't any adverse effects, you can continue on the rest of the house.
Step 2: Shut Your Windows and Doors
Make sure all of your windows or doors are closed. Any opening can cause damage or allow water to sneak back into your home.
Step 3: Plan the Attack
Since you'll be doing this cleaning by hand, you'll want to segment your home into sections instead of trying to do it all at once. Clean one section, working your way around the house until it's looking like new.
Step 4: Spray Off Dirt
Using your hose and nozzle, you can easily knock off any loose dirt. This will keep you from having to do more scrubbing than necessary.
Step 5: Scrub Tough Stains
Using your ladder and scrub brush, move around your section and scrub tough stains and areas with mildew. Make sure your ladder is on level footing, and it's highly recommended that you have a partner hold the ladder still at the base. You can find telescoping brushes if your ladder doesn't give you enough reach.
Step 6: Rinse and Repeat
Once you've scrubbed down the stains, take your hose and rinse off all the soap and dirty water. If you need to, go back over any unsightly spots again after tackling the rest of your home.