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How to Clean Aluminum Siding

Cleaning the exterior siding of your home at least once a year will keep it looking better, extend its lifespan and prevent costly replacement needs. Aluminum is rot-proof, waterproof and corrosion-resistant, allowing it to withstand years of exposure to the elements. With a bit of preventative maintenance, your home's siding is more likely to be trouble-free for many years to come.

 Cleaning aluminum siding can be a quick and easy task. Follow these basic maintenance steps to keep the best look and longest lifespan for your siding.

 Manual Application

  1. In a bucket or large container, mix 1.5 cups Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner in a gallon of water.
  2. Hose down the siding.
  3. Use a soft-bristle brush to apply the cleaning mixture in sections, scrubbing firmly enough to clean without damaging the siding surface. Don't allow to dry between sections.
  4. Rinse with hose.

 Pressure Washer Application

Use caution when using a pressure washer around openings like windows, doors, and plumbing connections. Protect nearby plants and grass by rinsing them with water before and after pressure washing.

  1. Hose down the surface.
  2. Pour full-strength Simple Greeninto your pressure washer detergent tank, or drop your siphon tube into the bottle of Simple Green.
  3. Apply Simple Green onto siding in sections from bottom to top, using a low-pressure setting and a 25-40 degree nozzle tip. Make sure your pressure washer nozzle is pointed at the siding in a downward angle, keeping a minimum of 18 inches from the surface to avoid driving water beneath or behind the siding. Do not allow the product to dry onto the surface.
  4. Rinse well with clean water from top to bottom.

 Be sure to check your warranty beforehand. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendation on proper cleaning practices.

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