Vinyl siding continues to be a popular choice when it comes to choosing an exterior for a home. Not only does it help soundproof the house, but it can be both affordable and lightweight. In fact, vinyl siding runs about $6,000 to $13,000 for an average two story home, whereas wood can run $14,000 to $23,000. While there are many advantages to having vinyl siding on your home, it is essential to keep it clean if you want it to remain aesthetically appealing. Vinyl siding has a tendency to stain and gather moisture in areas causing mold and mildew to grow. This can be prevented by keeping your siding clean. This doesn't mean you have to run out and buy a pressure washer. There are other ways of cleaning your siding and avoiding mold. If you do see mold present on your siding, it can be remedied quickly with these few tips. 

Preventing Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can quickly grow on a surface anytime the conditions are right. Since vinyl siding can trap moisture in it, it is not uncommon to experience some mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew like to feed off sugars and many times the trees nearby can produce an aerosol of sugars that land on the vinyl siding. Mold and mildew also like to feed on dust and dirt which can easily accumulate on your surfaces. All of this contributes towards feeding the mold and mildew. In order to keep the mold and mildew away, you want to be sure you clean the siding regularly. 

Locating the Mold and Mildew

On a lot of homes that have vinyl siding installed, the planks often overlap each other. When you go to inspect the exterior of your home, you want to look under the panels where the moisture can accumulate. This is a more prevalent area for mold and mildew. Anytime you find a crease or corner where water can accumulate, this could be a great feeding ground for the mold and mildew. 

Cleaning the Mold and Mildew

Once you have located the mold and mildew, there is no need to pack your bags up and sell your home. Sure, longtime exposure can create health problems, but it can easily be cleaned with the right stuff. Using 70% water and 30% vinegar, you can create an environmentally-friendly concoction to remove the mold and mildew. Apply the mixture using a soft cloth or soft brush and scrub the mildew and mold off the panels. Once you have removed the stains, you then want to be sure to rinse it off. 

For more information about cleaning, repairing, or installing vinyl siding, contact a professional like Stark Siding Inc or others near by.