Friday, April 22, 2016

How we cleaned our moldy siding

So it's Spring. Yay!
We're all getting outside, enjoying the beautiful weather.

Along with that comes the need to spiff everything up and get ready for the warmer months.
The siding on our house was one of the first things we tackled.  



Our house is 2 stories high with tan siding.  
It sits in such a way that one side of the house is in the shade for most of the day.  
Unfortunately that means mold, here in the South.  
We're from the West, where it's dry, so we had no idea that we 
needed to keep up with maintenance on our siding.  
And that's my excuse for why our house's tan siding was covered with greenish mold.  YUCK!


In an effort to clean it, I did some research.
Most things I read suggested against pressure washing since the high velocity
stream could damage or even remove siding.


One thing we decided to try was Magic Erasers (amazon affiliate link).
By golly, they really are magic!

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Check out the before and after in this photo.
I simply sprayed all of the vinyl siding and gutters with the water hose,
then scrubbed everything with a magic eraser, and rinsed again.  It worked perfectly!!


The only problem was that we couldn't reach high enough with the
magic erasers to get all of the mold off the side of the house.


So off I went to Lowes where I picked up a 
garden and deck sprayer (similar on amazon)
We diluted it according to the package instructions and filled up the sprayer.


Then my husband took his life into his hands, 
(it's so very high- much higher than it looks in the photos)
climbed up on a giganto ladder 
and sprayed the bleach onto the moldy siding.  
He tried the "spray" nozzle on the sprayer, but ended up using the "jet" nozzle 
as it sprayed the bleach solution a little steadier so he could get higher.


He sprayed the bleach solution onto the siding and then rinsed it off with a 
garden hose with a nozzle on it.  
He didn't scrub at all.  
The action of spraying on the bleach, ate through the mold 
and it ran down the house.  Then he just rinsed it all off with the hose.  

It took many trips up and down the ladder and quite a few refills 
of the bleach solution in the sprayer, but it worked!


Just look at that beautifully clean siding!!!!!  yay!!



I didn't even take a good before pic.  
The siding was green all the way from top to bottom.
You can still see the difference in the before and after photos.


Hopefully if you have moldy siding, you can use some of our tips to help you clean yours!!



2 comments:

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