How to clean vinyl siding with NO chemicals – yes, please!
It’s gross, nasty and embarrassing. You look the other way whenever it comes into view. The brown and green gunk kinda makes you wanna hurl. It shows up uninvited and slowly takes over the outside of your home and garage.
I’m talking about the mold and mildew that is on your vinyl siding. Yes, I see it. You see it. Everyone sees it. And it’s kind of an eyesore.
Although vinyl siding everywhere is touted as “maintenance-free”, it really isn’t. I mean, yes, you’ll never have to paint it, but it WILL require a good old fashioned cleaning every once in a while. A quick search on Pinterest showed me that most recommendations to clean vinyl siding require the use of harsh chemicals. Ummmm…no thanks. I’ve got little kids – not to mention I don’t like using that kind of stuff myself. I knew there had to be a better, safer way and I’m so excited to tell you there IS! Let me show you what we did…
The gross befores…
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I apologize in advance for these super gross photos, but it’s the reality of what was on the side of our garage. This sight is what greeted me every time I walked out our back door. SO. NASTY. Brace yourself.
Eeeewwww…… Now you can see why it made me cringe and run away, right? The HORROR!
I envisioned hours of scrubbing with a hand held brush and buckets and buckets of hot soapy water, lugged from the house. Thankfully, I was wrong. I grabbed my cute little HomeRight SteamMachine – a perk of being one of HomeRight’s DIY Experts 😉 – and got started.
The Only Tool You Need to Clean Vinyl Siding
Before we start on that nasty siding, let’s look at all the attachments that come with the SteamMachine. I swear, you can clean anything with all these accessories. So many options!
I now want to clean All the Things. However, to clean vinyl siding, we only need these few attachments.
Let’s Get Started
I filled the water reservoir with a little over two of these measuring cups (the measuring cup, along with the funnel, is provided with the machine) and it was enough to do one entire side of our garage.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that using this method to clean vinyl siding doesn’t involve sending the kids away because of possible toxic fumes and you don’t need to don a hazmat suit. (ok, maybe I exaggerate about the suit, but only slightly). 😉
Once filled, I plugged it in, waited around 8 minutes (or until the orange light on top turned off) and we were ready to tackle the yuck on our garage. I enlisted the help of Mr. 1915 so he could demonstrate while I took photos. I’ll tell you…even he was impressed with how effective the SteamMachine was. (And he is not easily impressed – lol!)
Look at that steam rolling out of there!
After one section was done, top to bottom, he simply hosed it off and we took great delight in watching All The Yuck come right off. We both looked at each other and said, “This is amazing!” 😀
I had to pause half way through and take this photo. The before and after is just incredible.
This whole side of the garage would have probably taken about 30 minutes, had I not been stopping every few minutes to take photos. 😀 It went really fast. And NO CHEMICALS!
The End Result
It seriously looks like brand new siding! (except for the dent that one of our four boys put in it). Oh, well – that’s real life around here. 😉
My SteamMachine did a FANTASTIC job and I no longer want to run away every time I look at our garage. This is good for us all. 🙂
Let’s look again…for kicks and giggles.
Crazy, right??? I imagine this would be good for our vinyl fencing, too! I’ve even seen people use it to sanitize outdoor furniture and toys, clean the interior of vehicles, floors, windowsills, toilets, showers, etc. The SteamMachine is amazing and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It cleans, sanitizes and gets rid of yuck and germs on all kinds of surfaces.
Once you’re done and have lovely, clean vinyl siding, you’ll be thinking of all the other things you want to clean! I’d love to hear what projects YOU would use this tool on! Let me know in the comments- I always love hearing from you.
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