Cleaning tips for engineered wood siding
Is the exterior of your home clad in engineered wood siding? Did you know that it is essential to clean it a few times a year in order to maintain its appearance and longevity? In this article, we will explain through various steps how to effectively clean engineered wood siding.
Step 1: Inspect and prepare the surface
Before you begin the cleaning process, it’s important to thoroughly inspect your engineered wood siding for imperfections such as siding damage or siding which needs to be replaced. If the damage appears to be significant, you can call in a professional or if you have the know-how do the repairs yourself. Also make sure to protect your flowers and shrubs near the work area to avoid any potential damage and don’t forget to close your doors and windows ;-)
Step 2: Using the right products and tools is key
To clean your engineered wood siding, you will need a soft bristle brush, a bucket of water, a garden hose with an adjustable pressure and a suitable cleaning solution. You can use a mixture of water and mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid, or choose a product available at the hardware store that is specially designed for cleaning wood. We advise you to avoid using a high-pressure sprayer, as it may damage the coating.
Step 3: Clean the siding
Start by rinsing the surface with water to remove debris and dirt. Then apply the cleaning solution to the siding, starting at the top. Use your soft bristle brush and gently scrub the siding in circular motions, paying particular attention to areas with stains. Once the surface is clean, rinse thoroughly with water to remove any leftover cleaning solution.
Step 4: Treating Stubborn Stains
If you notice stubborn stains, use a specific cleaner designed to treat these problems. Apply the product to the affected area and leave it on according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
To maintain the beauty and durability of your engineered wood siding, clean it at least once a year or more often if necessary, preferably in the spring or fall. Inspect the siding regularly for signs of dirt buildup or damage, damage promptly to prevent permanent deterioration of your siding.