One reason many homeowners choose fiber cement siding is because it is so low maintenance. Even so, it can still benefit from a bit of cleaning periodically, especially in the spring. A1 Siding & Roofing discusses further.
First Things First
Make sure you use the right cleaning solution and equipment when maintaining your fiber cement siding. Never use abrasive brushes or cleaners that contain harmful chemicals. In addition to potential damage, these may shorten the lifespan of the siding material. Always wear proper protective equipment like gloves and goggles and be sure to cover potted plants and flower beds near the siding.
Cleaning Tips for Your Fiber Cement Siding
Here’s how to clean the common substances and organic growths that are found on siding:
- Dirt, Dust, Chalk – All you need is a soft cloth and a garden hose. Simply wipe your siding with a damp cloth and make sure that all the buildup is gone. After wiping everything off, spray the siding surface with water from your garden hose.
- Oil and Grease – You need a soft cloth, garden hose and mild liquid dish soap. Repeat the procedure above, but this time, apply a small amount of dish soap on the cloth. Once done, rinse the surface thoroughly, making sure there’s no soap residue left.
- Mold and Mildew – If you already cleaned your siding with mild dish soap but still noticed stains, you may be dealing with mold and mildew. To remove it, you will need a soft cloth, garden hose, and commercial mildew cleaner. Make sure that your cleaner has no damaging chemicals. You must follow the instructions indicated on the package of the cleaner, wash the area thoroughly, and rinse it all out completely.
With proper cleaning and maintenance, your siding will surely last a long time. If you’re still doubtful on how to clean your siding or are planning to have a siding installation, A1 Siding & Roofing is here to help. You may call us at (603) 627-7339 or fill out our contact form for an appointment. We offer our services to residents of Manchester.