Cleaning vinyl siding??

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by 81Bronk36, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. 81Bronk36

    81Bronk36 LawnSite Member
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    Lets say hypothetically I was originally planning on using some run of the mill pressure washer that I would have to have rented and buy some kinda cleaner to throw in there. Then I read on here that high pressure is a bad idea on vinyl (about time I did some research, huh?) Could I mix up chemicals in a pump sprayer (I think it was bleach simple green krud and zip car wash IIRC) apply it to the house, come back 10-15 minutes later and rinse it off with a garden hose/nozzle. Is this a better way, especially if you factor in the lack of damage potential to the house, and that I can use the sprayer for future jobs as apposed to the $40 rental of the washer originally in question??? Is my mixture correct?? I appreciate any help you all may give me:usflag:
     
  2. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
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    Yes that will work,but it will be time consuming.If you are intersted I can get you the phone number of a power washing contractor in Valdosta.
     
  3. 81Bronk36

    81Bronk36 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, a full day and no call so guess I dont have to worry about it:rolleyes:
     
  4. Den69RS96

    Den69RS96 LawnSite Member
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    I recently bought a Ridgid 3000 psi pw for home use. I also have a husky 1750psi electric model I won at a raffle. The husky was almost a waste of time to use cleaning my siding. My garage gets very little sun so mold starts growing. The 1750 removed the mold, but I had to be right on top of it. Forget stubborn stains.

    Now the Ridgid pw had no problem. I used the 25 degree nozzle as I don't have a 40 degree nozzle and I didn't need to get anywhere near as close as I did with the husky. I moved the wand a little closer for the stubborn stains. I was able to clean my garage in a lot less time and I stayed much dryer. I used Simple Green siding wash in both pw washers.
     
  5. Barry M

    Barry M LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    The simple green is the culprit. Use the right chemicals and you could clean it with garden hose pressure from 10 feet away.
     
  6. PressurePros  Inc

    PressurePros Inc LawnSite Member
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    I could clean vinyl siding with a garden hose as long as I had a chemical pump to get the cleaners on. One thing from the get-go.. Professionals use professional grade equipment and cleaners. With a ten gallon per minute machine (at three hundred psi), the right chem mix and a day above 60 degrees, I can clean a 2500 square foot home in less than 2 hours by myself, my feet will never leave the ground and the gutters will be manually scrubbed with a specialty chem. Everything from the foundation to the highest peak would be immaculate with no damage to landscaping or vinyl siding.
     
  7. shadow745

    shadow745 LawnSite Member
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    To each his own.... I use Simple Green mixed with standard 6% outdoor bleach and get great results on all surfaces without using a ton of pressure. I don't care what's out there because the mix I use works and smells OK for me. I have to be very cautious what I use for cleaning because of asthma/allergies. Some pressure washer specific cleaners are too harsh for me to smell and if something works as quickly and effectively as you say I can't see how it could be safe to everything it touches. Later!
     
  8. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just wondering if you could tell me what kind of equipment you use to apply your chemicals? I am new to all of this and just trying to get ideas.
     

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