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When it comes to exterior home maintenance, nothing is more important than the siding that covers your house. It protects you from the elements, keeps your interior comfortable, and creates a first impression of who lives inside. Unfortunately, over time even some of the most durable materials will begin to wear down or age in appearance. This guide will show you how to clean the siding on your home so that it looks just as good as when you purchased it for many years to come.


Cleaning Dirt

A big storm can produce a lot of ugly dirt that will stick on your home’s siding. To clean the grime from your exterior, you’ll need some soft cloths, a brush (such as our All Paint poly brush), and a garden hose. Be careful not to use hard metal brushes or abrasive sponges—they could damage the finish on your siding. You only need water to start cleaning off the ugly dirt. 

When cleaning siding, be sure to first brush off any dust or dirt, then rinse the area with a garden hose. If using a soft cloth, wet it and wipe the surface in the direction of each plank or shingle until clean. Clean all the water stains off with a towel. Take time and work on one area at a time, starting from the top of the window and working your way down. This will prevent any dripping or streaking onto an already cleaned section, as well as keep you focused on cleaning instead of being distracted by the rest of it. Clean up any water stains left over with a towel before they have time to dry. Work slowly and carefully to avoid drips or streaks appearing in other parts that were previously cleaned–this will make your job much easier! From there, rinse again with clean water.


Cleaning Oil and grease

Dirty hands are a big inconvenience for many people. But one thing you never have to worry about is getting them on your house’s siding because there’s always a way to clean that up. You will need water and mildew-specific solution cleaner to fix this particular problem. Siding is a material that can be easily damaged by soap and cleaners. To avoid this, rinse the surface as you clean it to prevent damage from drying soap or cleaner. The first step in cleaning outdoor siding is to grab your soft cloth and saturate it with soapy water. Clean the stained siding while rinsing your cloth frequently. Once the siding is completely sudsed up, use a garden hose to rinse the area.


Cleaning Mildew

Mildew can be mistaken for dirt at times, and that’s why it’s so important to inspect your siding before you clean it. If you find any signs of mildew or mold, use a soft cloth or sponge and a garden hose to wipe them away. Be careful when using chemicals: If you’re opting to use a stronger chemical to clean your siding, be sure to consult the instructions and use great caution as they can damage the finish on the siding. 

Mildew can be a difficult problem to treat. Make sure you have the right products for your situation and follow the instructions carefully. A mildew cleaner is a good place to start, but make sure it’s diluted properly before use. Remove any dirt with water and scrub gently with a rag or brush as instructed in the product directions. Rinse thoroughly afterward with clean water from your garden hose, then dry the area completely.


Dirt, oil, and mildew are three common problems you’ll encounter with your siding. And remember, cleaning your siding is an important part of keeping it protected, but this can be a daunting task. You need to use the right cleaning supplies and tools in order to achieve optimal results. If you are not careful, you can damage the surface or leave streaks on it. With the above tips, you should be able to clean your siding with confidence.