5One of the great things about vinyl siding is that it’s almost as easy to clean as your car. With nothing more than a hose and water, mild soap and a long-handled soft bristle brush, you can keep your home looking its best, as well as save time and resources.

Here’s what to do:

Mix four gallons of water and 1/4 cup of dish soap in a large bucket. Start at the bottom, and work your way up to prevent streaks, hose off a section to remove any loose debris, then wet your brush in the soapy water and scrub the siding, then rinse before it dries, or it will leave marks on the siding.

Small spots of mold and mildew can be cleaned with common cleaners such as Fantastik or Windex.

Have stains? Try a solution of 30 percent vinegar and 70 percent water.

With just a little bit of time and effort, vinyl siding can be kept looking “like new” and will provide many years of trouble-free beauty for your home. To learn more about vinyl siding, visit www.charlottesideswithvinyl.org.