Today, we are going to answer the infamous question of, “Can I pressure wash my vinyl siding?”
Believe it or not you don’t actually pressure wash your vinyl siding, what you do for cleaning siding is referred to as a “Soft House Wash.”
A “Soft House Wash” in layman terms is an adjusted, low pressure wash (40-81 PSI) that is used for surfaces that can’t sustain prolonged pressure. All materials and procedures despite the pressure are the same as a regular pressure wash.
This also means that the soaps and surfactants are what “Cleans” the house, not the highly pressurized water a pressure washer produces.
For example, a patio would benefit from highly pressurized water, but your vinyl siding – not so much!
Since the 1990s, Vinyl Siding has been one of the most popular materials used for siding in the United States, and more than likely you have it too. Knowing that it is important to know how to care for it.
Let’s dive in to get you educated on how, when, and why to soft wash your vinyl siding.
Benefits of Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding
It’s not a thrill to maintain the cleanliness of your vinyl siding, but I’m sure your wallet and intelligence will thank you later.
Vinyl is mostly made out of organic material, and mold and mildew that builds up from excessive dirt will break it down progressively. I don’t think a surprise home improvement project like replacing your siding is something anyone wants to have pop up.
Keeping your siding clean not only adds curb appeal, but it also increases the life of your vinyl siding. The extra care every few years really adds up.
Plus, it’s all common sense at the end of the day.
You own a home, so why would you put the value of your home in jeopardy, because of a problem you could have fixed? Even if you rent, it’s still a hassle you have to deal with eventually. If you live in an HOA community, forget about it!
For your viewing pleasure – here is what a home soft wash for vinyl siding looks like:
When you know it is time to clean your vinyl siding:
We often get asked, “When is a good time to pressure wash my vinyl siding,” or “When should I clean my siding?”
The following characteristics are important to look for, as they indicate the need for a vinyl siding cleaning:
- Green moss and algae
- Dark stains
- Bird droppings
- Dirt and discoloration
Typically, this means every 2-4 years is a good idea to keeping your siding clean. Environmental factors like where you live and the sun also contribute to the frequency of your need for vinyl siding cleaning.
For example, if you live on let’s say “Bull Run Mountain” deep in the woods you will inevitably need more siding cleaning than someone who lives in the middle of a field or neighborhood with less tress!
Point to note – It only goes downhill from the point you recognize the need to clean, so act now, save later! (Think of those empty houses you see and how fast they deteriorite. Not saying this happens, but organic matter builds up fast!)
How often should you wash your siding?
Typically, it is recommended that you should wash your sidings about 1-2 times a year. Lot of factors are at play that include, but not limited to: Climate, condition of vinyl siding, etc. It’s best to consult with a professional to get the best answer suited to your needs.
How Much Does a Soft House Wash Cost?
The metric is usually 0.15-0.75 cents per foot per sq. ft., so roughly in between the range of $100-$600 depending on your house. Check and compare prices with power wash companies around your area.
For your ease – we actually provide pressure washing pricing guidelines here to help!
Generally speaking, a house wash for a single family home is typically around $500-$650 and up. Obviously there are factors that can determine the price and what not, but do give you an idea this is a good ball park
Final Word on Vinyl Siding Cleaning
Vinyl siding cleaning is the necessary hassle you want to be involved with, because there’s a lot of things at stake for not only your house, but for you time, money, and peace of mind.
Be cognizant of your siding, look for clues (above mentioned) that might indicate a cleaning is needed. Think long-term by hiring a professional that will help point you in the right direction of what you need to do to be able to better maintain your house’s exterior. Can be a stress-free process if you so choose!