There are a number of benefits to having vinyl siding on a home. Not only does it beautify the exterior of the home, but it provides superior protection against all weather conditions. However, it is important to care for the vinyl siding properly. As your home's first line of defense against the elements, it is important to take specific steps to protect your siding and to increase its effectiveness against the forces of nature.
Inspect your vinyl siding twice a year. Completing a thorough inspection on a regular basis will allow you to spot problems early so they can be repaired before any real damage is done. Make note of any areas where mold may be beginning to grow. Pay close attention to the joints and seams to make sure no gaps have formed that allow moisture to have access to the wood behind the siding.2
Clean any mold or mildew away from the vinyl siding as soon as you find it. Small patches can easily be cleaned away using commercial mold and mildew removers, such as Fantastik or Windex. If a large area of mold or mildew has developed, washing the area with a solution consisting of 30 percent vinegar and 70 percent water is effective at killing the mold.3
Wash the entire surface of the vinyl siding three times a year. Use a soft-bristle brush to wash the vinyl siding, using either soapy water or your choice of cleaning solution. Start at the bottom of the siding, and work your way up to the top, being sure to rinse each section before the soap/solution has time to dry.4
Use a special cleaner to spot clean any stained areas of the vinyl siding. Fantastik, Windex and Murphy's Oil Soap are very good general-purpose cleaners that work well for removing a variety of stains on vinyl siding.