After having fiber cement siding installed on your home, you can keep it looking new by removing surface stains with a few materials. Continue to keep it clean throughout the year with these basic maintenance steps.
Use The Following Items
Remove Stains With A Cleaning Solution And Brush
Cover plants and foliage that are located next to your home with a couple pieces of plastic sheeting so that they do not come into contact with the cleaning solution. Mix equal parts of water, mild detergent, and vinegar and add them to a garden sprayer's tank. Set up a ladder next to your home. Spray the siding, starting at the top of your home. Loosen dirt and mildew with a scrub brush. Use consistent pressure while using the brush, but be careful not to press down too hard because it could leave marks in the siding.
If stains are large and you are having difficulty removing them, add a cup of bleach to the garden sprayer's tank and apply the stronger cleaning solution to the siding. Allow the solution to penetrate the stains for several minutes before using the scrub brush.
Rinse The Siding Off And Trim Plants And Trees
Rinse the siding off with a garden hose. Adjust the nozzle so that the stream of water is strong. Once all of the cleaning solution has been removed, uncover the plants and foliage. Trim any leaves or branches on the trees that are growing close to your home with a pair of pruning shears. Keeping leaves and branches trimmed will prevent the risk of additional staining that often occurs when wet leaves, pollen, or sap come into contact with cement siding.
Inspect And Clean The Siding Throughout The Year
Eliminate surface stains soon after they form to reduce the risk of damage to the concrete siding. Removing fresh stains also won't take as long as removing ones that have been present for a long amount of time. Visually inspect the outside of your home each month to locate areas that are dirty. Applying a cleaning solution and quickly spraying off your home with a water hose will keep the siding stain-free and will improve the appearance of your home. The concrete siding will last for years by caring for it on a regular basis.
For more information about siding, contact Side-Pro, Inc.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.