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5 Simple Steps to Clean Siding This Weekend

Thanks to the quality of the factory finishing process, prefinished LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding options have a uniform finish that is long-wearing and weathers evenly, creating less maintenance for the homeowner in the long term. Although SmartSide siding is an easy-maintenance material, it still needs cleaning from time to time. Follow these simple tips to keep it looking beautiful.

  • Wash siding regularly. For best results, SmartSide siding should be washed annually to remove dirt and grime, and prevent damage from mildew and mold.
  • Choose the right cleaner. To clean siding, use a solution of water and mild detergent. Wash the surface with a soft brush, sponge or cloth, and rinse off remaining residue with a garden hose. Avoid household cleaners that contain abrasive materials that could damage the paint finish.
  • Do not pressure-wash siding. Avoid using a pressure washer to clean SmartSide siding. Pressure washing can force water underneath the siding panel and cause damage to the finish.
  • Stop mold and mildew. If not cleaned periodically, the paint finish might become susceptible to mold and mildew. A solution of 75% water to 25% white vinegar can be used to remove light mold and mildew stains. After cleaning, rinse the siding thoroughly.
  • Call for repairs. If needed, hire a professional siding contractor to make repairs to LP SmartSide siding. LP’s recommended installers have been trained in the way to properly install these advanced products.

LP® SmartSide® Siding: Engineered Toughness

Why are LP SmartSide products so durable? It’s because they are treated with LP’s exclusive SmartGuard® process. Exterior trim and siding are often subjected to extreme temperatures, moisture and insects. Only the SmartGuard process offers four components of protection against termites and fungal decay: an advanced formula of binders, waxes and zinc borate that’s bonded with a water-resistant, resin-saturated overlay. The result is an advanced material that offers long-term toughness in the face of harsh weather.

If you are not familiar with engineered wood products, we invite you to learn more about engineered wood siding options manufactured by LP. See products in person at a retailer or dealer near you.

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