Cleaning James Hardie Siding

James Hardie fiber cement siding is an excellent product that gives your home fantastic curb appeal and adds to your resale value.  An additional benefit of their ColorPlus Technology is the 15 year finish warranty.  Most homes require repainting every 3 to 5 years so a 15 year finish warranty means huge cost savings!  Having a low maintenance exterior is wonderful, but low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance.  Along with installing beautiful siding on your home, we want to help you keep that siding beautiful for as long as possible.  When you regularly clean James Hardie siding, you are ensuring it will last for years to come.

Make it Part of Your Spring Cleaning Routine

How often should you clean James Hardie siding? James Hardie recommends washing the exterior every 6 to 12 months with water and a soft brush or rag.  The most important thing to remember is never use a hard or abrasive brush. Using an abrasive scrub brush could damage the finish or siding.  

No Special Tools or Chemicals Required

Brush the siding with a soft brush or rag to clean the surface, and rinse with the garden hose.  If you are using a soft cloth to remove the debris, with a wet cloth, wipe the siding clean and rinse with clean water. Change the cloth or rinse it often if a lot of debris builds up on the rag.  Just like you should never use an abrasive brush, never use any harsh chemicals to clean your siding.

Work Small Areas at a Time

Always work your way from top to bottom, in small areas. This will prevent streaking on already clean areas. When using your brush, cloth or sponge, always wipe in the direction of the plank or panel and rinse the siding really well when you’re done.

With just a small investment of time, and a little bit of effort, it’s easy to clean James Hardie siding and keep your home looking brand new year after year. 

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