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Cleaning aluminum siding


This year I've got to get back to cleaning and finish painting my aluminum siding. What I have used before to clean all of the chalking before paint was a TSP substitute and a heavy bristle brush and scrub the @#$% out of it. While it seems to work fine, it is very time consuming and chemically really tears the heck out of my hands. Has anyone found a better way to wash this chalk off? A power washer on soft .010 aluminum I found is not really a good idea - it bendsweirdface. Paint stays on after my clean up, but.....

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My new (old) house has older vinyl siding on it, which is stained up pretty good, especially down near the ground. It comes almost to the ground ion places. I would like some tips on cleaning this also. I have used siding cleaner, scrubbing it in good and power washing it off.....A lot of the staining came off, but not all........

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Dave you might try using a cleaner like Simple Green and a scrub brush, then rinse clean. Just a thought.

Poncho, same thing on your vinyl siding.
Also, you might want to consider some regrading next to the house. You should have a minimum of 6" between your siding and the finished grade. Any less than that and you're asking for problems with moisture and insects.



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i have old siding aswell but it is aspestose (real brittle).i went and bought a pressure sprayer that attaches to a garden hose ,not nearly the psi of a real sprayer. i think it was made to wash your car.looks like a small rifle.it has a place to load soap and instead i just added outside bleach and the filth just washed right off and this house had not been cleaned since it was built.good luck

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Dave you might try using a cleaner like Simple Green and a scrub brush, then rinse clean. Just a thought.

Poncho, same thing on your vinyl siding.
Also, you might want to consider some regrading next to the house. You should have a minimum of 6" between your siding and the finished grade. Any less than that and you're asking for problems with moisture and insects.


 

Thanks - I tried Simple Green but it really didn't work as well as I thought to remove the chalking. It might work better on the vinyl - also, I have a camper siding cleaner. While it wont work on painted aluminum, it might work on vinyl. It cleaned 2 years of tree crud off of the trailer when I bought it from the original owner. It's called "The Reliable 1"- but then - Poncho is in Canada, and might not be avaiable there

 




 



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Although TSP is harsh it's likely the best bet for the aluminum siding. Years ago, I used to do some roofing and siding, we always had "Comet" cleanser on hand for oops kinda situations. We shook it dry onto a damp rag, washed the area and rinsed. It worked perfectly but would be very time consuming to a whole house. Maybe you could find a way to use the Comet in a more productive manner for your application.

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My biggest worry about all these different cleaners, is that they may kill my flowers/plants.....and, then the wife kills me.........

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Good point.

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.....then we'd have to find someone else to run this fledgeling forum. Something about wives and their plants. Mine tries, but I do have to say her thumb is not a very green onewink

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Last year I had to clean the vinyl siding on my Mom's house. The best method I found was to use Spic N Span mixed strong in water. I brushed it on the siding and let it sit until just before it started to dry then rinsed it off. If you do each side while it's in the shade you can leave any product on longer and it will likely do a better job. I'd suggest that you test any product on a small area before applying it to a larger area just to make sure that it's not going to fade your siding.

Rinse, rinse, rinse those plants as soon as you are done  and it shouldn't hurt them.

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