How to Clean Vinyl Siding | Ask This Old House


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In this video, Ask This Old House painter, Mauro Henrique, goes over all of the basics of using a power washer to clean exterior vinyl siding.

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Paint expert Mauro Henrique cleans the vinyl siding of a house with a power washer. He first explains the basics of a power washer and discusses the differences between colored tips when it comes to pressure washing, and why it is extremely important to know what each means. The color of the nozzle determines the angle of the water stream, which causes the water pressure to be more or less concentrated. Mauro advises that beginners use the tip with the widest angle as it is the least likely to cause damage to your siding. After, he demonstrates the proper technique in how to clean your vinyl siding.

Time: 30 minutes—3 hours
Cost: $40—$300
Skill Level: Beginner

Powerwasher []
Powerwasher gun and wand []

Shopping List:
Vinegar / cleaning solution []
Safety glasses []

Where to find it?
When done incorrectly, power washing can be a dangerous job both to yourself and the material being clean, so Mauro urges caution when using a power washer. Fortunately, most power washers come with the same color coded system Mauro described to help select the right tip for the job.

For this project, Mauro used a 3600 PSI Gas Pressure Washer [], which is manufactured by DeWalt [] and can be rented from home centers.

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