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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default How to clean vinyl siding.......

without using a power washer. I have some low areas that I can reach but what cleaner can I use? I don't want to invest in a power washer and it's just some dirt. Is vinegar and water a good cleaner for vinyl?

The side of my house had some mold so I used a weak solution of bleach and water.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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without using a power washer. I have some low areas that I can reach but what cleaner can I use? I don't want to invest in a power washer and it's just some dirt. Is vinegar and water a good cleaner for vinyl?

The side of my house had some mold so I used a weak solution of bleach and water.
I have a power washer and do not use it on my house. Just the garden hose. I use bleach on the mold.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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either home depot, costco, or online all do sell a product called house wash. You just hook it
up with the garden house and spray. That shoud work for you. Sometimes it is called by another name, but is same idea.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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my mom had a white, vinyl sided house and she used the windex window cleaner attachment that when on the hose..similar to yard fertizer attachment. she just shot it on there and said it worked great!
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Unread 04-27-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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I use a mixture of bleach;**** and spn and TSP which I got from a painter years ago that used it for prep work.It works well on vinyl too.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I use a mixture of bleach;**** and spn and TSP which I got from a painter years ago that used it for prep work.It works well on vinyl too.
Now that is funny. I dont care who ya are. That is funny as hell. CDs dirty word sensors picked out the name of that cleaning product and ****ed it.

I cant stop laughing.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: NY
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There is a product called Dirtex that supposedly works well too. It dissolves instantly in water and doesn't leave a residue (no rinsing needed).

Painters use it to wash down dirty interior walls before painting.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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either home depot, costco, or online all do sell a product called house wash. You just hook it
up with the garden house and spray. That shoud work for you. Sometimes it is called by another name, but is same idea.
I used that House Wash stuff a few hours ago to try to get the mildew off of my front porch. It didn't work very well, the mildew is still there.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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I just pressure washed half the house over the weekend- 2nd half coming next. One area is in a gable only accessed from the roof so I didn't want to haul a pressure washer up there (too long for the pressure wahsers hose which at least I can use on a tall ladder.) So I used Krud Kutter which is just like the cleaner described above- attaches to hose. Had to do it twice though but the area was really built up with pollen/dirt/you name it.

if you are close enough to the ground you could always supplement this efort with a boat brush or soemthing of the like.
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Unread 04-27-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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I painted our house last year and used a house wash/mildew killer called Jomax that comes in concentrate form before I did. Mix it with some bleach and water in a pump sprayer, spray it on, let it sit for a bit then rinse it off with a garden hose. We had some pretty good mildew under the eaves of a hip roof and some moss in a couple of places and it worked like a charm.

It's supposed to be safe for plants but I'm paranoid so I sprayed them all with water before and after anyway. No damage anywhere, although I can't be certain if it was my precautionary measure or not.
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