Vinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners, largely due to its affordability and low-maintenance qualities. However, vinyl siding does require some cleaning every now and again, especially if you live in a region that experiences regular climate changes and/or heavy precipitation. Additionally, it is more likely for vinyl siding to develop mold or mildew problems in warmer, humid parts of the country.
Mold and mildew outbreaks should be removed and treated as soon as you notice it growing on your vinyl siding. This will help to reduce the extent of damage and prevent common hazards associated with invasive fungi. One of the easiest do-it-yourself (DIY) methods for removing harmful fungi from vinyl siding is using a store-bought product. You may be surprised how well they actually work.
Below are some top-rated mold and mildew removers recommended for vinyl siding.
Mold Armor® E-Z House Wash
This mold removing product is available in a 56 ounce jug, which is designed to attach perfectly to a standard garden hose so that you can spray the exterior of your siding. This set up makes it much easier to remove built up grime, bacteria, mold, mildew, algae, and more in a short amount of time. All you have to do is spray and rinse; that’s it! This product is also preventative, as it can stop new fungi growth for up to 3 months. It can be administered on several types of surfaces and materials other than vinyl, including wood and brick exteriors. The 56 oz. jug is priced between $7 and $9, depending on the retailer. You can purchase it at any local hardware store, home and garden store, or department store.
Wet and Forget®
The Wet and Forget® mold and mildew remover product does a lot more than clean mold and mildew. It retains a unique combination of biodegradable selective surface-active agents that effectively remove moss, algae, grime, dirt, and bacteria. When it rains, the surfactants reactivate, forming a protection against future mold, mildew, and moss growth. It comes in a convenient, gallon-sized jug that can be attached to a standard garden hose for easy spray application, just like the Mold Armor® jug. It works up to 1 year and can be applied to many materials, including wood, brick, concrete, stucco, metal, canvas, and more. The 1 gallon jug costs around $30, and can be found at any local hardware store, garden store, or department store.
Jomax® Mildew Killer
Jomax® Mildew Killer is a highly-rated cleaner that effectively kills and removes mold, mildew, and more. But since it only comes in a concentrated formula, first it must be made into a solution. All you need to do is mix it with bleach and water, spray it onto your vinyl siding, and then rinse off. It is highly effective, but also very economical. A 1 gallon jug makes 20 gallons of solution! And it only costs $20 to $25, depending on the retailer.
Homemade Solutions to Consider
To make a homemade solution, you can mix one gallon water, one third cup of powdered laundry detergent, and two thirds cup trisodium phosphate (TSP). Simply scrub into the siding and then rinse clean; repeat as necessary. This is most effective and efficient for small scale projects and surface areas. For larger-scale jobs, it is recommended to use a professional service for best results.
When Cleaning isn’t Enough…
For vinyl siding that has extensive damage from mold, mildew, and other causes, replacement or repair might be the best option. Talk to a licensed siding contract about the viable options for your property. They retain the proper knowledge, experience, and credential to recommend the best course of action.