There are a lot of house siding cleaner products out there on the market. These items advertise themselves as “specially formulated” and “the best.” But how many products say they’re “specially formulated”? (Answer: a lot.) And how can we determine the best?
At Joseph Ketner Construction, we’re staffed by experts at siding installation, siding replacements, and exterior renovations and design. We can certainly advise you as to what we think is the best house siding cleaner, but we naturally leave the long-term cleaning to the homeowner. Good news: Many of today’s finest siding materials don’t require all that much cleaning — or maintenance for that matter.
Ask us about Hardie siding! Many of the visitors to our website will know this name; it’s an example of a product that consistently delivers the best performance. Ketner is happy to be a Preferred James Hardie Remodeler, which is a designation given to just 1% of siding contractors in America.
Here’s a quick look at the Hardie products we install and repair:
- HardiePlank Lap Siding, cedar mill and smooth
- HardieShingle Siding, staggered and straight-edge panel
- HardieTrim, HardieSoffit Boards and Fascia
- Hardie ColorPlus Technology Siding
- Hardie Panel Vertical Siding
Cleaning House Siding
Speaking of Hardie, we’ve gathered together a few nuggets of wisdom from them and others regarding house siding cleaners. For more information — or if you have any questions — get in touch with Joseph Ketner Construction today.
Remember to wear protective gear while cleaning: eyewear and gloves are a must. People with even mild respiratory problems should also consider wearing a mask. These tips apply to pretty much any type of siding. We recommend assessing your siding and clean if needed every 6 to 12 months.
A house siding cleaner is only as effective as the methods and the tools used to do the actual cleaning. For example, wind-blown dirt and dust can be easily cleaned off with a garden hose, a soft cloth, and a soft brush. No “specially formulated” cleaners necessary. Just be sure the brush is, in fact, soft (non-metal); anything other than a soft bristle brush may damage the siding or the finish.
Mildew stains take a little more work. And although you probably won’t need a pressure washer or a gallon of water mixed with cleaning solution, mildew may require extra pressure to clean off. If you’re using one, you’ll need a cleaner that’s specifically designed for mildew.
Oil, Grease, Grime
If your siding has been dirtied by oil, grease, or other grime, you’ll still need water — but this time, you’ll be most successful if you also add dish detergent. A cloth is best here — just like if you were washing your car. Start washing from the top, and work in small sections downward. Keep the surface wet, and do not allow the soap or cleaner to dry on the siding. Continually rinse the surface until all soap is removed.
Mold, moss or algae on your siding? Well, now we’re going to need a little elbow grease in addition to our cloth and water.
As always, adhere to warning labels on any products you may be using. If you have cedar siding, never use siding cleaners that contain chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite).
Harsh cleaners are bad for your siding, as well as plants and trees that may suffer from overspray. One alternative is to use oxygen bleach on your wood siding.
Joseph Ketner Construction: Portland Siding Replacement Contractor
Joseph Ketner Construction is widely recognized for superb workmanship, stellar customer service, and attention to detail.
We also take care to utilize eco-friendly methods whenever and wherever possible. We recycle wood and metal products. Our caulking and paint products are lifetime-rated. And we’re an EnergyTrust of Oregon partner.
Get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you.