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Old 04-30-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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We just purchased a house built in 96 w cedar siding, doesn't look like its been maintained properly (mildew, mold, bee holes, water damage, and probably more).

Just curious if there's a way I can clean it an old fashion way by hand and solutions? Don't want to invest or rent a media blaster or pressure washer. I guess I could use a soft bristle brush and some sort of solution, any recommendations appreciated? Also, I welcome any brand recommendations on coating the cedar afterwards for protection.

Thanks in advance and let me know if anymore info is needed.

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You can get most a Red Cedars original color back with bleach. I use the 12% stuff you can get at a good hardware store for about $30 for 5 gal and cut that in half with water. Household bleach is 6% but for some reason the 12% cut in half works better. You can certainly experiment with household bleach though.

Put your mix in a garden sprayer and spray on just enough to get the siding wet. Let it soak for 5-10 min. and hose off. A pressure washer is the way to go but if you have “good water pressure” and a good nozzle that will work too.

Try a small inconspicuous area first and then decide.

I’ve done this many times with good results but the results do vary due to many factors so experiment first.

If you start seeing a white fuzz forming an the siding then you are either mixing it to strong or leaving it on to long. Any fuzz will disappear after a few good rains though.

There are products on the market designed to do the same thing but cost $12-15 a gal.

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also can use a car washing wand that hooks to hose to scrub if desired
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Sounds good k and t, do you have any recommendations on sealer/stains I can apply afterwards? Thanks again
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Stain it if you want to add color or if you like the natural look just oil it.

I wouldn’t do the bleach thing unless you have really good water pressure. You want to wash that stuff off real good. It would be worth renting or barrowing a pressure washer. The process goes pretty fast. You can do most houses easily in a day.

It works so good you usually don't need the brush.
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Take a look @

https://blairstowndistributors.com/default.asp
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Thanks for the info guys, I'll read up some more and see how it all pans out.

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