How to clean and care for your Accoya wood siding in summer
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, whether hiking, biking, swimming, or just being outside in the warm sun. For homeowners, summer is also the perfect time for home maintenance, including cleaning and caring for your wood siding.
Get ready for summer
It’s not as arduous as you’d think, either. And, after you’re done, your home’s exterior is ready for the fall and beyond to perform better and keep its beautiful curb appeal.
As an Accoya customer, you know that the siding on your home is resistant to rotting, is likely to stay free of any visible distortion over its lifetime, and is a cost-effective choice for lasting performance. That’s a solid foundation for keeping your siding clean. However, dirt and debris can still accumulate over the years. Here are our six tips on how to clean wood siding and how to care for wood siding and maintain it for years to come.
Tip 1: Make sure you have the tools and supplies needed.
Cleaning your wood siding doesn’t require specialized tools; most tools you’ll need should be in your garage. Tools and supplies include a simple garden hose with a spray nozzle, a bucket, a ladder, a soft-bristle brush or sponge, mild detergent, and if you decide to coat your siding, we have multiple options for you to consider.
Tip 2: Take a walk around your home (while enjoying that summer sunshine).
Inspect your Accoya siding and look for damaged, missing, or loose boards. Now is the time to repair any siding if needed.
Tip 3: Prep your siding and rinse.
Think of this step as painting a room. Once you’ve gathered your tools and inspected your siding, prepare your siding by removing any dirt or debris, or obstacles nearby. If you have landscaping, consider covering it with a light plastic sheet. Now it’s time to gently rinse your siding with your hose’s spray nozzle to remove dirt and any debris. (Note: never use a pressure washer for this step.
Tip 4: Scrub, clean, and rinse (again).
Fill your bucket with water with mild detergent, mix, and always test a small area to ensure your solution doesn’t damage or discolor your siding. After determining the solution is okay, gently scrub your wood siding and apply deep scrubs where dirt appears. Once your siding is cleaned, rinse it again with your garden hose.
Tip 5: Grab a beverage and allow the siding to dry.
Allow your wood siding to dry naturally with the summer sun, and enjoy your clean and maintained siding for another season.
Tip 6: To coat or not to coat
Like other wood products, uncoated Accoya wood will weather over time to an elegant gray color when exposed to the elements outdoors. However, weathering does not affect Accoya’s durability, stability, or performance, unlike other woods.
Though your Accoya wood siding doesn’t require a recoat, you might consider recoating for aesthetic reasons. If applying a coating, let your wood siding dry for at least 24 hours, then apply your coating. For more information on coating recommendations, we have compiled a list of tried and tested coating suppliers to consider, or reference our Essential Coatings Guide for best practice tips.
Your exterior wood siding needs to weather all seasons and types of environments. Accoya knows that aesthetics, low maintenance, and durability are crucial. Accoya is a cost-effective choice siding solution for lasting performance.
Accoya siding is manufactured from FSC® certified wood and has numerous advantages: lasting performance, beautiful aesthetic, and the clear conscience that you have used a sustainable material.
Read more about Accoya wood siding products here.
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