Cleaning vinyl with water/bleach and a water hose

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by mikegbuff, May 19, 2008.

  1. mikegbuff

    mikegbuff LawnSite Member
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    It seems to be pretty easy to clean mold/mildew off my vinyl siding by spraying a bleach/water mixture and rinsing with a garden hose after a few minutes. I have been using an Ortho herbicide sprayer attached to the hose to spray and mix my bleach/water combo. This works great, but I can only get it to spray about 15 feet high. I have to get on a ladder to do the gables on my second story. Do any of you know anything similar that hooks to a hose that would allow a water/chemical mixture to be sprayed about 20-25 ft high? Is there something similar in concept to an x-jet that hooks on to a water hose that may have a little more range than an Ortho herbicide sprayer?
    I'm looking for a better alternative than spending a few grand to get a 4 gpm pressure cleaner to use once a year. I would hire someone, but I'm looking to save a few bucks if possible since this is so easy to do with the exception of getting on a ladder in very unlevel places.
     
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. FCPWLLC

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    That will probably dillute the bleach too much.

    Here is what some guys are using to "softwash" Vinyl Sided homes. Everything you need to apply the chems as strong as you like. For Vinyl, you should be around 1.5 to 2% Sodium Hypochlorite hitting the surface with your Soap added too.

    http://www.pressuretek.com/de58secorocl.html

    Call Bob and he'll get you hooked up.
     
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    if its like the dial and spray it will go up to 8 oz per gallon...
     
  5. mikegbuff

    mikegbuff LawnSite Member
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    Yes, 8 oz per gallon from what I have read on it (like the original Dial n' Spray). That seems to bring the Sodium Hypochlorite to a lower % than what was recommended by FCPWLLC, but it seems to do the trick as far as cleaning the mold/mildew. Does spraying a higher concentration do a better job of "killing" the mold/mildew rather than just "removing" it, thus preventing it from coming back for a longer period of time?
     
  6. Don M.

    Don M. LawnSite Member
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  7. mikegbuff

    mikegbuff LawnSite Member
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    What kind of additives can be put in the solution that are safe to mix with bleach?
    Thanks.
     

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