Your home can look its best when it’s wrapped with high-quality fiber cement siding from James Hardie®️. But as with most exterior home components, it is constantly exposed not only to the elements, but to dirt and other contaminants, as well. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure your exterior remains clean and well-performing all year round. John Peters Roofing, your premier siding and roofing expert, shares how you do it.
But first, gather the right tools. As you set about your cleanup, make sure to use the right tools for the job. A garden hose, a couple of soft cloths and brushes, and a bucket of cleaning solution are usually the only items you’ll need. It’s crucial that you use only the proper tools to avoid damaging your James Hardie siding.
- Clear the dirt off your siding. Strong winds can pick up dirt and dust, making them stick to the exterior’s surface. You can clean them off with either a soft cloth or brush. Wet the cloth, then wipe the affected area in a side to side motion. Do this in the direction of the shingle, panel, or plank siding. If you prefer a brush, use it to clear the dirt off. Either way, you’ll need to rinse them after with a garden hose. John Peters Roofing, your premier siding and roof replacement contractor, suggests you avoid using a hard metal brush or abrasive sponge. This way, the siding finish remains intact.
- Wipe oil or grease from your exterior. Energetic children may sometimes leave oily or greasy handprints on the siding’s surface. Get a soft cloth and a bucket filled with soapy water from a liquid dishwashing solution. Wet the cloth with the soapy water and clean the stained siding. Make sure to rinse the cloth often. Once the surface is all soaped up, rinse it using a garden hose.
- Remove mold and mildew from your siding. First, check your siding for any signs of mold growth, which sometimes resemble dirt. Once you’ve found them, grab a soft cloth or sponge, plus mildew-specific cleaner and water. Scrub the affected area lightly with the mildew cleaner, then hose it down after. However, make sure to consult your siding contractor first if you’re planning to use a stronger mildew cleaner.
Just Google “reliable expert in siding and roofing near me”, and John Peters Roofing will be one of the first names on the list. While we specialize in roofing, you can still count on us for professional cleanup and installation of your James Hardie siding. With our excellent services, we’ll make sure your siding remains beautiful and sturdy for longer. We serve homeowners in Indianapolis, IN and the nearby communities. Call us today at (317) 786-3315 or fill out this contact form to get a free estimate.