LESLIE: Julian in Louisiana needs help with some siding. What can we do for you today?
JULIAN: Yes, ma’am. I was calling to find out what’s the best type of product or what can I use to clean my vinyl siding.
TOM: Well, what’s going on with the vinyl siding? Is it covered with moss or …?
JULIAN: I’ve been having it over a year now and I just want to do a little spring cleaning on it; kind of get it back to looking new again.
TOM: Well, I’ll tell you, OxiClean is probably a good choice.
JULIAN: Now I heard something. Some guy told me something about Murphy’s Oil Soap; you make a mixture of water and spray it on and (inaudible at 0:11:39.3).
TOM: I’m not aware of that for vinyl siding but usually there’s a – there are various types of house wash products. Because what gets on vinyl siding is you get dust and dirt and pollution from the air; sometimes you get moss that will stick to it or mildew. And usually, an oxygenated bleach works very well; like OxiClean or a product like Jomax. And you want to saturate it, let it sit for a few minutes and then gently rinse it off. If you use a pressure washer, that’s OK, that’ll save some time but don’t go too stiff on the pressure or you could actually poke some holes in it.
JULIAN: So the OxiClean – you mix the OxiClean with water and use that as like a washing or scrubbing compound or …?
TOM: (overlapping voices) Yep. That’s correct. And if you have a pressure washer, there are also special detergents that work with the machines to clean siding. So if you have one or you rent one, that’s another way to go as well.
JULIAN: OK, great. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.