How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the top siding option in the United States for remodeling and new construction. Its popularity is primarily due to its upscale appearance, outstanding durability, easy upkeep and exceptional value.

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Vinyl siding is not maintenance-free, but is definitely reduced maintenance. Here are a few tips to help keep your vinyl siding looking food for years to come.

  • Wash it yearly. Siding accumulates dirt, grime and other stains throughout the year. It can also grow mold and mildew in damp, shady areas. To clean your siding, use a cloth or soft bristle brush starting at the bottom and working your way up to avoid streaking. There are several types of cleaning products you can purchase, but a homemade solution can work just as well. For a homemade solution mix the following ingredients: 1/3 cup powered laundry detergent, 2/3 cup powered household cleaner, 1 quart liquid laundry bleach and 1 gallon water. Be sure to cover any brick facing or landscaping so it’s not affected by the runoff. ( You can also pressure wash your home, but you have to do it carefully. You need to hold the power washer straight at eye level to keep it from going behind the siding.
  • Don’t hit it. Be mindful where you park your lawn mower or bicycles. Vinyl siding won’t dent, but it can crack or break. If it does get damaged, be sure to replace it as soon as possible.
  • Inspect it. Vinyl siding can conceal moisture-related issues, so checking to make sure there are no loose areas can help you spot small issues before they turn into larger problems.
  • It can melt. Open flame can do a lot of damage to your vinyl siding. Keeping your grills at least 2-3 feet away from your home is a safe distance.

As you can see, vinyl siding is a low maintenance siding option. Doing these simple steps will keep your home looking like new for years to come.


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48 thoughts on “How to Maintain Vinyl Siding

  1. It’s good to know that vinyl siding accumulates dirt and other grime and should be washed thoroughly at least once a year. My brother and his wife are looking into having an external cladding system put on their home before winter to protect it. I’ll have to pass along this info so they can make a plan to care for it after it’s installed!

  2. I’m glad you mentioned that vinyl siding doesn’t need to be washed more than once a year with a homemade solution. My husband and I think it might be time to have the siding of our single-family home replaced because it’s faded a lot since we moved in about five years ago. Thanks for teaching me how to keep the new siding looking its best after the replacement’s finished!

  3. Thank you for reminding me that I should place my grills at least 2-3 feet away from our house’s siding. We were cleaning our home’s exterior for our planned barbecue party next month when we noticed that some parts of our siding are already damaged. It might be better to hire professionals who can install a replacement first before the actual date of our party and ensure that it won’t be damaged.

  4. I want to have some vinyl siding installed, but I want to make sure that I take good care of it. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I clean it properly! That seems like a great way to ensure that it lasts me a long time.

  5. I didn’t know that siding can break or crack, even though it doesn’t dent. My house is over forty years old and it looks pretty old. We’ll have to look into siding installation and then follow these care tips.

  6. My dad noticed that the siding at home looks dirty and worn out already, so, he wants to have it cleaned. It was suggested here that the siding should be cleaned and washed yearly because it accumulates grime throughout the year. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire professional contractors when dealing with siding issues.

  7. Thanks for the tips on siding maintenance. I would like to get new siding for my home. I’ll be sure to hire a professional to help me get new siding and I’ll make sure to maintain it.

  8. I appreciate it when you said that if the person intends to pressure wash the siding, they need to make sure to maintain the washer straight at eye level to prevent water from going behind the siding. This made me think that it will be a lot better if I just let the professionals do the pressure washing. I am afraid of mold growth, so I don’t want to be the one to encourage it. Thanks!

  9. I’ve been wanting to get some siding installation done on my home, and I think that being able to get some information would be nice. I like that you talked about being able to take care of your siding after installation and that power washing is a good option. I’m going to have to look for some different siding options and see what we can find!

  10. I didn’t know it was important to wash the vinyl siding yearly. It is good to know that a home made cleaning solution is enough. This is another chore that I have to add to the yearly to do list. I am happy to do it for a better looking house. Thanks for sharing.

  11. My parents are planning to have a siding installed on the house before next season. I heard that they plan on using the vinyl siding, so I decided to research what needs to be done to care for it. I liked the part where you mentioned that it can break, so it is important not to hit it with a lawnmower or bicycle since we all have our own bicycles. I will share this with them. Thanks!

  12. My parents want to replace our home siding because it’s old and worn out already. You discussed here that vinyl is one of the top siding options and we just need to wash it yearly for maintenance. Having said that, when considering vinyl siding, it will be highly advisable to have a professional contractor provide vinyl siding quote.

  13. I had no idea that vinyl siding could melt if an open flame is on it. This is something that my fiance and I will be sure to avoid since we have been looking into the siding for our new home. We will keep the grill away to preserve the material.

  14. My fiance and I are going to move into a new home soon and we want to make sure that it is in good condition. We are thinking of getting vinyl siding and want to make sure that this is a good choice. To maintain it, we will keep in mind that it can melt and to keep a grill away from it.

  15. It sure got my attention when you said that a grill should be placed at least two to three feet away from the vinyl siding because fire can greatly damage it to the point of melting it. To be honest, I know that fire and vinyl do not match, but I never knew that it was that sensitive to flame. Since my family loves grilling I will be sure to let the information reach them so that we don’t end up damaging the vinyl siding that they plan on installing next season. Thank you.

  16. I’ve been looking for a good home panel siding, and I think that some tips would be good. I’m glad you talked about how you should inspect your home panel siding. I’m going to have to make sure we keep on top of inspecting our siding and make sure we keep it nice for as long as possible!

  17. Great article! It’s comforting to know that vinyl would only need a yearly wash even with a homemade solution. I don’t really have much time because of work, so I think I’ll be upgrading to vinyl soon.

  18. I have wanting to get new vinyl siding installed on my home but I wanted to know how I should maintain it before finding a company to install it. You mentioned that washing it yearly is a great way to keep it looking new and used since it can accumulate dirt and grime throughout the year. That is a great tip for me to use while I get ready to start looking for a company to install it.

  19. Thank you so much for talking about how it is important to make sure you keep your grills away from your siding since it can melt. I can see that taking the time to understand this can help you make sure you avoid making unnecessary purchases and make sure your siding lasts. As I see it, taking the time to consult with a professional can help you find the best material for your type of climate and help you make sure your home is protected and well insulated.

  20. I like that you made the suggestion that you should wash your vinyl siding at least every year to keep it clean as well as prevent mold growth, which can be very expensive to fix depending on how long and fast its been there growing. My husband and I just moved into a home that has vinyl siding so this was good to know. We’ll be sure to wash the home every summer to prevent any unwanted things from growing in the siding.

  21. I really like your tip about washing it yearly when it comes to the siding of your home. We have been thinking about getting some new siding for a while now. Our current setup is looking pretty old so I think something new would be good. We will have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

  22. I’m building a house and want to install vinyl sliding in it. I didn’t realize that vinyl sliding could melt by having your grill or something like that too close to it. I will make sure to set all things that have to do with fire away from it so it lasts longer.

  23. I have always wondered how to maintain siding after it is installed. I had no idea that you should wash it yearly to prevent mold and mildew. I always thought that you could leave siding alone and it would be fine. Thanks for the information, we will have to start cleaning ours.

  24. My husband and I have lived in this house for years, and I don’t think we have ever cleaned the siding. Now that I think about it, it’s not nearly as white as it used to be. They are much more gray now, they need a good washing! I’m going to make some calls and have someone come down and clean them up.

  25. I’m getting the outside of my house done and am going to put in vinyl siding. Thanks for the advice about maintaining the siding in good condition. I’ll make sure that we don’t put our grill near the house so that we don’t melt the plastic. Now I just have to find somebody to come in and put the siding on my house.

  26. I really appreciate your tip about keeping flames away from vinyl, seeing as that it can melt. We have been thinking about redoing the siding on our home and we have a patio with a grill close to the house. We will have to be sure to make sure that we move it out of the way if that is the option we go with, thanks.

  27. So I would have never thought that you should wash your vinyl siding yearly. I mean if there was a gross spot I could reach I’d probably take care of it, but not the whole thing. Though it makes sense that it would make it last longer and make it look nicer. Also the tip of keeping the grill a few feet away from the house was a good one. Thanks for the info!

  28. I just got some vinyl siding installed, and I want to make sure it stays in good shape over the Winter. That being said, I really appreciate you talking about this and giving me some insight on ways I can go about keeping it in good shape. I’ll make sure I follow what you talked about and see how it helps. Thanks a ton for the help Kenny and Charmaine.

  29. I love the look of vinyl siding, but mine always seems dirty. I wasn’t sure how to clean it, so I have learned a lot here, including a great mixture for soap. Do you really wash it from bottom to top? If so I am sure there is a reason why, it just seems counter productive.

    • Jason, it does sound counter productive, and if your siding is not that dirty you can certainly start at the top and work down. However if your siding is really dirty, or has green mildew and mold on it that is common in shady areas, and you start at the top the cleaning solution will run down through the dirty siding below and leave streaks that are hard to get rid of. If you clean with a brush from the bottom up and then spray it with water from the top down, you get the best results. Or you can go the easy way and hire a professional to do it for you:) Thanks for your comment, John

  30. Thanks for the tips. I’m glad you pointed out that I should be careful with the pressure washer angle. I probably would’ve trapped moisture. My house looks a lot cleaner now. Thanks.

  31. I like the very obvious but not commonly followed suggestion NOT to hit the vinyl siding. You would be surprised at how many times my wife or myself and hit it when backing the trailer to the side of the house. In addition, I probably should clean it off to, every now and then with my industrial grade hose. My thanks to the author for taking the time to put this up!

  32. I had no idea that vinyl siding can melt. My grill is probably about 3 feet away from my house at the most, but I’ve never noticed it melting or warping when I grill. I guess it is just barely out of range, but I’ll make sure to move it a bit farther away next time just to be sure.

  33. I really like your tip to wash the vinyl siding. It’s sounds really simple, but it can really make the siding stay looking new for longer. It’s not too hard to wash it yearly.

  34. My husband and I recently moved to a home and we have really enjoyed it. A few days ago, a big storm hit and tore off a lot of the siding that was on our home. I wanted to make some changes to the exterior of the house and this has given me an excuse to do so! We have been looking into vinyl quite a bit so these tips will definitely come in handy. Thank you for the information and insights.

  35. I took the “stick it and forget it” approach to my vinyl siding. Since I installed it 5 years ago, I haven’t performed any maintenance. After reading this, I’ve decided to spray down my siding with a power washer to help it stay looking new.

    • That’s a good idea Stephen. As much as it costs to replace siding, regular maintenance is worth the time.

  36. These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to inspect your siding regularly. If left unattended, small problems can turn into bigger, more expensive ones. It’s definitely a better idea to prevent the worsening of these instead. How frequently do you suggest looking over your siding?

  37. I have a lot of vinyl siding on my home, and I have been wondering how I can maintain it better. My siding gets dirty pretty quickly and it puts a damper on the overall atmosphere of my home. I appreciate all of these helpful maintenance tips, I hadn’t considered how grills can effect siding like this. I will definitely keep this in mind, thank you!

  38. I’ve become a real believer in vinyl siding, so I appreciate the maintenance tips. I hadn’t thought about washing it, but that makes sense. I’ll have to try your solution. Is there a time of year when this is most important–spring cleaning, for example–or is it just something I should make into a habit?

    • Spring is a great time to clean vinyl siding as it can get quite dirty over the winter. Usually once a year is fine for keeping your vinyl siding looking like new.

  39. My wife and I just got vinyl siding on our home last year, and we are already noticing that it is starting to loose its color. It makes sense though, because we haven’t really taken the time to wash it down really well. You did say to was it yearly, so maybe once we wash it, it’ll look a lot better. I’ll make sure I try this right away, thanks for the help.

  40. It’s a good idea for homeowners to understand what they need to upkeep their house. Vinyl siding looks really good as long as it’s well maintained. Washing it yearly is really important because that’s how it keeps looking new and fresh. You can do it with all your other spring cleaning items.

  41. I have a weird problem with washing things regularly, but I will take your advice to heart and take care of our siding as best as I can. We just moved in to this new house and I know that my wife is going to hound me to keep it clean! Thanks a bunch for the other pieces of advice too, to keep things from cracking or scuffing it.

  42. Thanks for sharing this advice on maintaining vinyl siding in your home. I have actually been thinking of getting vinyl siding for my home, but I am not sure whether or not I could maintain it well. However, it seems like vinyl is pretty easy to maintain! It sounds like I might be able to take care of it with little to no problem!

  43. I have been thinking about replacing the siding on my home for a while, and when I do, I would really like to keep it in good condition. I think that the best way to do this is probably by washing it and being careful around it. Then I won’t have to worry about dirt accumulation or getting it cracked. Every once in a while, I will also try to inspect it more carefully to be sure that nothing is coming off or that there aren’t any other issues. Thank you for the great post!

  44. I didn’t know it was important to wash the vinyl siding yearly. It is good to know that a home made cleaning solution is enough. This is another chore that I have to add to the yearly to do list. I am happy to do it for a better looking house. Thanks for sharing.

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