How to Clean Different Types of Home Exterior Siding

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make is using the incorrect pressure setting when pressure washing or power washing the siding of their home. Using the incorrect setting can damage the siding on your home, void any warranty you have for the siding, or fail to properly clean the siding. Learning how to properly clean the siding can help you avoid these issues. Here are four common types of siding and tips to help you properly clean the siding. 


Vinyl siding is becoming the number one siding choice for homeowners. This is because it is long-lasting and requires little maintenance. When your vinyl siding is starting to look faded and old, pressure washing can help to remove caked-on dirt and dust, which can help the color to look brighter. Before cleaning your vinyl siding, always read the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning. Different companies have different recommendations. Most companies recommend you only use a low-pressure soft-wash system to clean the vinyl siding. 

Wood and Fiber Cement

While wood and fiber cement are two very different types of home siding materials, the way they are cleaned is very similar. Prior to cleaning wood and fiber cement, you should inspect the siding. If you see any cracks, signs of rot, or warping, you should only hand wash that particular area. Pressure washing, even on a low setting, can cause further damage. When it comes to wood and fiber cement, it is recommended you soft wash these exterior surfaces. A soft wash system uses a low-pressure nozzle and a low-pressure setting on a power washer to lightly yet thoroughly clean the entire exterior surface. 

Brick and Stone

The final common types of siding you may see on a home are brick and stone. Some homes have brick and stone accents, while others have full brick or stone exteriors. Just like with wood and fiber cement, you want to carefully examine the siding before pressure washing it. If you notice any loose bricks or stones and/or damaged mortar, you will want to hand wash that area, rather than using a pressure washer. You will also need to have those issues repaired in a timely manner, or the problems will worsen. If your brick and stone are in good condition, you can power wash them on a medium to high setting to remove dirt, dust, and debris. 

If you are looking to clean the exterior of your home, there are many benefits to hiring a local exterior cleaning company to get the job done for you. Pressure washing services can determine what condition your siding is in, and determine the best pressure setting to use to avoid causing any damage. They also know what cleaning agents to use to ensure your siding gets clean and looks its best. Ohio Power Washing can help you with all of your pressure washing needs in the Central Ohio area. Get a free estimate online or call us to make an appointment. 

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