LESLIE: Lisa in Iowa is on the line, dealing with some vinyl siding. How can we help you today?
LISA: Hi. We were just wondering, there’s lots of stuff out on the internet about how to take care of it and wash the vinyl siding. And we just wanted to see what you guys thought about what’s the best way to do it.
TOM: Very simple solution to that. There’s a product that’s available at Lowe’s and lots of hardware stores called Krud Kutter – K-r-u-d K-u-t-t-e-r. Environmentally-friendly product. You apply it to the siding, let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes, rinse it off and it does a really good job of cleaning it. They have an exterior cleaner version, specifically, of Krud Kutter. You do have to wet your plants down underneath it but other than that, it’s a really easy way to clean your siding.
Do you have sort of mildew and algae that’s forming on it?
LISA: Yeah, there’s some little black specks that are there. It comes right off just if we wipe it with a damp cloth.
TOM: Yeah, you want to get right on that. If there’s little black specks, that could be artillery fungus, which can sort of eat away at the surface of the vinyl. And that’s often caused by the kind of mulch that you use around the house.
TOM: So if you have shredded mulch, you have a higher risk of getting the artillery fungus. If you have chips or bark, then you usually don’t.
TOM: Give that Krud Kutter a try. I think you’re going to be very happy with it.
LISA: OK, great.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.