My Vinyl Siding is Yellow. What Do I Do, How Do I Remove It?
According to U.S. Census data from 2021, vinyl is the second most common home exterior. It’s durable, comes at a relatively low price point, and it’s considered low maintenance.
However, low maintenance doesn’t mean there is no maintenance. Vinyl siding still needs routine care.
Something you may discover within a few years of installing vinyl siding is discoloration. Vinyl can turn yellow.
How do you restore your siding to its original luster? You can use a pressure washer!
We’ve put together a few tips on cleaning vinyl siding. Take a minute and learn more about caring for this popular exterior home product.
Why Does Vinyl Siding Turn Yellow?
You’ll hear several opinions about why your vinyl siding looks yellow if you ask around. One of the most common reasons white or light-colored vinyl siding yellows is oxidation.
Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. It’s also susceptible to oxidation.
UV rays from the sun cause vinyl siding oxidation. Since you can’t prevent direct sunlight from hitting your vinyl siding, there’s not much you can do to avoid yellowing (except possibly install a better grade of vinyl siding).
Allowing dirt and grime to build upon the siding also contributes to fading and yellowing.
How to Clean Vinyl Siding
The good news is you can remove the yellow discoloration. The not-so-good news is that it’s a time-consuming and labor-intensive project.
In a nutshell, here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Spray with water
- Apply a gentle cleaning solution
You might try a mix of water and vinegar or water and dish detergent. You can also buy a vinyl siding cleaner at your local home improvement store.
While a garden hose will do a fair job of removing the chalky residue caused by oxidation, a pressure washer delivers a more powerful punch.
Benefits of Pressure Washing for Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Using a pressure washer over a standard garden hose has multiple benefits.
Using a pressure washer with the proper techniques and nozzles allows you to clean without damaging the vinyl. Pressure washing is the quickest way to remove the chalky substance caused by vinyl siding oxidation.
Sounds like a fun job for the weekend, right?
The problem with making this a DIY project is that the average homeowner doesn’t have the right equipment. Most homeowners also don’t realize how much damage they can do by using the wrong pressure washer settings and techniques.
A professional pressure washing technician has years of experience.
They know which cleaning solutions work best on yellowed vinyl siding. Professionals also have mastered the techniques needed to get the job done safely and efficiently.
Schedule Vinyl Siding Cleaning Services Today
Pressure washing will clean and brighten the vinyl, whether your siding suffers from oxidation or is discolored due to a dirty, grimy buildup.
When you need cleaning vinyl siding services, don’t wait to schedule. Oxidation doesn’t go away. Instead, it slowly takes its toll on your siding.
The experts at A Brilliant Solution want to help you make your home beautiful again. Contact our team today and request a free estimate.