How to pressure wash vinyl siding

How to pressure wash vinyl siding
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Is your home in need of a spruce up? Learning how to pressure wash vinyl siding can transform your outdoor space. Pressure washing your home's exterior can restore it to its former glory, with no scrubbing required.

Vinyl siding is delicate, so you’ll want to take care to avoid accidental damage. Help is at hand as we’ll walk you through how to pressure wash vinyl siding safely. We’ve asked the experts to share their insider tips so you can get a sparkling finish. 

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For now, let’s unpack how to pressure wash vinyl siding. 

How to pressure wash vinyl siding

So, what are the benefits of pressure washing vinyl siding? Layers of grime accumulate on the outside of your house as it’s exposed to the elements. “Pressure washing removes mold and algae, both of which can damage your home over time,” explains Scott Reid, Exterior Home Expert at Angi (opens in new tab).

Most American homes are clad in vinyl siding, though check first. "To be safe, talk to a local pro before starting the project to make sure you’re not going to cause long-term damage,” says Scott.

Before you start, check for cracks in the siding. “You run the risk of accidentally penetrating the siding and causing water damage,” cautions Scott. Remember to cover your windows with plastic sheeting to protect the fragile glass.

Don’t forget your safety too. Wear eye protection and sturdy boots to protect against debris. You’ll want to avoid ladders which can be a hazard in slippery conditions. Opt for a nifty extension wand to make short work of hard-to-reach spots. 

Once you’re ready, run the water for a minute to achieve an even pressure. Select a low-pressure setting (about 1200 PSI) to remove any debris. “If you’re not sure which nozzle to use, start with the gentlest option and work your way up as necessary. This can prevent using an option that’s too strong and risks damaging your siding,” says Scott.

After you’ve rinsed the siding, apply a detergent and leave it to soak for a few minutes according to the instructions. Next, rinse the cleaning fluid and remaining grime with the same low pressure and nozzle setting. Your house will look as good as new.  

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Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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