Make your house look new again by pressure washing your vinyl siding.
Even an average house has a lot of siding. Being exposed to the elements, that siding can get pretty dirty. With the right pressure washer, you can make quick work of even the biggest projects. Get a fresh paint look for less by pressure washing your vinyl siding with help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Before you get started, it’s important to know how much pressure to use at what distance.
- 2000 or less PSI Rating = 10 in. to 24 in. Nozzle Distance
- 2000 to 3000 PSI Rating = 12 in. to 24 in. Nozzle Distance
- 3000 or more PSI Rating = 18 in. to 36 in. Nozzle Distance
How to Pressure Wash Your Vinyl Siding
Prepare the Siding
First, remove any obstacles and obstructions from the pressure washing work area. Wet and cover nearby plants and vegetation. Cover nearby electrical components such as light fixtures and breaker boxes. Close all nearby windows and doors.
Start Pressure Washing
To prevent streaks, start by spraying cleaning solution from the bottom and work up in sections. Wear safety goggles when using the cleaning solution to protect your eyes. Allow the cleaning solution to work about five to 10 minutes. Don’t let it dry, keep it wet.
If your siding is especially dirty or stained, a rotating scrub brush attachment for the pressure washer wand can help scour the heavily soiled areas. Switch to a general, medium-pressure pattern. Flush any detergent from the system and test the cleaning power on an inconspicuous area. Move closer or further away as necessary.
Rinse off the detergent and residue with water. This time work from the top, down. Cover one or two panels of siding at a time. Work in the same direction as any overlaps to keep the water out from underneath the siding.
Remember, jobs as big as a house go a lot easier and faster with a pressure washer. We recommend a 40 degree spray pattern or white spray tip for best results.
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