6.23.2012

Power Washing: Vinyl Siding

This has been on our "to do" list for a really, long time.  The thought of dragging out the power washer (it's very testy) and all the ladders, soap and brushes, just wasn't on our fun list.  Hubs and I decided we were sick of looking at the mold, dirt and gunky stuff on the side of the house.  Storms passed through last night and today we awoke to clear blue skies and balmy breezes.

At a reasonable hour, Hubs fired up the power washer and it acted happy and behaved itself.

You can see how the soap and water pressure cut through the grime.  
Left side= CLEAN. Right side= GRIMEY

We were able to move to the back of the house pretty quickly.  I think soaping, washing and rinsing the entire backside and far side of the house took about an hour and half.
The power washer hose wouldn't reach this top part of the house and it really was the worst part. Hubs took a bucket of hot water and two scrub brushes and had at it.  He used the jet stream on the hose and scrubbed real good.

Finished and super clean.
 It really looks like a brand new house.  Only took us a few years to getting around to this.
We used a power washer that we had bought from Home Depot a few years back.  The brand is called Homelite 2600 psi.  As I said, it's a testy little bugger. While it ran real well today, few weeks back we were cleaning up the patio and the darn thing was leaking gas.  Hubs had to toy with the carb.  I would have thrown my hands up.

The soap was from Home Depot.  It's bright green and says for Krud Kutter for House and Siding on it.  Our power washer had a hose that attached the soap bottle and it squirted right through the power washer.  We used a little in a bucket of hot water too and it worked fine by hand.

I bought a soft bristle brush in the cleaning aisle of Home Depot too and Hubs used that along with our old car wash brush on a pole.

Hubs Tips:  Keep the power washer wand about 4-6 inches away from the siding and keep it moving with downward pressure.  You don't want to lift up under the siding.  While pure water worked at getting the dirt off, using the siding soap really made it clean.

The sun dried the house to a sparkling clean shine.  Love it.

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