If you have mold on your siding that is marring the appearance of your home, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to kill the unsightly growth. If so, use the four steps that follow to remove the mold using white distilled vinegar.
Step 1: Cover Your Valuable Plants
Before you begin, cover any valuable plants close to the house, such as shrubs, trees, or flowers, with plastic. Vinegar is caustic to plants and could either burn the leaves or kill the plants themselves if soaked up by the roots.
Step 2: Spray Vinegar And Water On Your Siding
Once you have covered your plants, it is time to spray vinegar and water on your siding. This is done using a garden hose and a spray bottle attachment.
Pour straight vinegar into the bottle, and then attach it to the hose. Turn the water spigot on full blast, and saturate the siding.
Whenever you no longer detect the strong scent of the vinegar, turn off the water and refill the bottle. If you have a large home, you may need to refill the bottle several times.
After you have covered all of the siding, let the vinegar soak into the mold for about a half an hour. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 3: Use A Sponge Mop To Scrub Stubborn Mold
There may be areas on your siding that have especially thick mold growth or stains. For these areas, use a wet sponge mop with a handle extension to scrub the surfaces thoroughly. Then, apply straight vinegar to the mop, wipe the surfaces you scrubbed, and let the vinegar sit for an additional half hour.
Step 4: Rinse The Siding
After letting the vinegar penetrate the mold, rinse the siding with clear water. To do this, replace the spray bottle attachment with a regular garden hose nozzle. Turn the nozzle until it has a strong stream, as this will act as a pressure washer to remove the dead mold and vinegar.
Using the above steps twice the first month and once a month after the initial cleaning should kill the mold and keep it from returning. However, if you find you have stubborn mold or the growth has caused damage to your siding, you may want to speak with a siding contractor about any options available to you, from having it professionally cleaned to replacing the siding.Click here for info on cleaning services.