In addition to the roof, the exterior siding is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. This is why you need to take good care of your siding so it can protect you against the harsh and unforgiving outdoors. One of the ways you can take care of your siding is to clean it regularly.
In this article, DryTech Roofing Company, Inc., one of the top siding and roofing contractors in the area, shares tips on the proper way of cleaning your James Hardie® Fiber Cement Siding.
How to Clean Dirt
Since the siding is constantly exposed to dust and pollution, it’s bound to accumulate dirt and grime over time. However, regardless of how dirty your siding gets, it’s best not to use a power-washer since the high pressure can end up damaging your siding instead of simply cleaning it. You can simply use a soft cloth or a non-abrasive cleaning material. If you must use a power washer, keep the pressure under 1,500 psi.
Siding and roofing contractors suggest you start cleaning from the top and work your way down to the bottom portion of your home’s exterior so the already-cleaned segments stay clean.
How to Clean Grease
Greasy siding seems like a tough problem to solve, so it might surprise you to know that you’ll only be needing a washcloth and soapy water to combat the grime. For the soapy water, you can use a specially formulated cleaning solution. A mild liquid detergent or dishwashing liquid would also be fine to use. Soak the cloth in the water and wipe away the grease. Rinse with a garden hose immediately, since letting sudsy water dry up on your siding can damage it.
How to Clean Mold and Mildew
You’ll need a cleaning solution that’s formulated for mold and mildew removal. Wear proper gear and be careful when handling the chemicals.
Low-Maintenance Siding for Your Home
When you need low-maintenance yet elegant and durable siding, DryTech Roofing Company, Inc. is one of the area’s top siding and roofing contractors. You can call us today at (240) 491-5600. We serve Maryland and nearby areas.