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How to Clean Mildew Stained Siding

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    LESLIE: Jeff in South Carolina is dealing with a cleaning concern on the exterior of his money pit. How can we help you with that job?

    JEFF: Well, let me just say, folks, before I ask the question, I’m a regular listener. I called in about six months ago and you all sent me a nice, hardwood floor kit. I really appreciate that.

    LESLIE: Nice.

    TOM: Terrific. That would have been from Lumber Liquidators.

    JEFF: It certainly was. Came in a nice, yellow, 5-gallon can. Had all the little accoutrements I need for doing a hardwood-floor project and I do thank you.

    LESLIE: And you’re hoping to win again?

    TOM: Yeah.

    JEFF: Oh, no, I didn’t know there was a contest. This time, I’ve got a question about – I have aluminum fascia and PVC soffits on the house.

    TOM: Right.

    JEFF: And they’re turning black and gray with some kind of mildew or mold or something.

    TOM: Right.

    JEFF: And I don’t know what to clean it with, for one.

    TOM: OK.

    JEFF: And two, I’ve got – the back side of the house is fairly high. I’ve got 11-foot ceiling on the first level and 16 on the second and the roof peaks above that. So, is there any apparatus out there that you can suggest?

    TOM: Sure. Well, first of all, in terms of dealing with the mildew stains that are on the siding material, there’s a product called Wet & Forget, which is excellent. If you spray it on and let it sit, it pretty much does the work for you. It activates and will kill the mold; kill the mold, kill the mildew for some time to come.

    JEFF: Just put it on with a Hudson sprayer or something along those lines?

    TOM: Yeah, yeah, exactly. Yep. Mm-hmm. You mix it up according to label directions and you spray it. Wet & Forget. I think their website is WetAndForget.com.

    JEFF: Are they available at any of the big-box stores like Lowe’s or (inaudible at 0:05:46)?

    TOM: Yeah, they have good distribution.

    LESLIE: Yeah.

    JEFF: And then, what about for getting the very tall peaks? Do I need to rent some kind of a lift or something to do that? Or is there some kind of a long pole extender that you can get?

    TOM: Well, if you used a pressure washer with an applicator, you could extend it to get up there. But yeah, there’s a certain level of elevated work that’s involved in this kind of a project and you’ve got to have the tools and the equipment to get up there.

    JEFF: Would I be better to subcontract this out to somebody?

    LESLIE: If you’re afraid of heights.

    TOM: Afraid of heights or if you’re uncomfortable getting up that – you know, the cost of the project is a lot less than the cost of the hospital bills.

    JEFF: That’s my point.

    TOM: Yeah. I’m with you on that, brother.

    JEFF: It’s cheap insurance.

    TOM: Alright. That website is WetAndForget.com and they say it is carried at Do It Best, Ace and True Value.

    JEFF: OK. Well, folks, thank you very much. I appreciate the help.

    TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project.

    JEFF: And once again, thank you for that nice gift. Appreciate it.

    TOM: Alright.

    LESLIE: Oh, you’re so welcome.

    TOM: Thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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