Cleaning Aluminum Siding

Our front porch posts and window trim were covered with white aluminum siding about 25 years ago and it has gradually turned gray. Is there a way to clean it back to white?

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By Brooke from Baltimore, MD

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November 5, 20100 found this helpful

I have an aluminum white metal shed and tree sap was covering the top front and I washed it down with bleach water and liquid cleaner. It came clean and still looks great after a couple of years.

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A contractor who does professional power washing can get the siding clean, and even remove mildew. If you want to try it yourself, get a professional strength cleaner (which comes in environmentally safe formulas that do not harm plants, grass or bushes), and mix it with regular bleach and water.

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The cleaner will probably give the right proportions for the mix. You can use elbow grease and a brush, or rent a power washer for the job.

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