How to Remove Deck Stain from Vinyl Siding


Nancy asked: How do I remove deck stain from vinyl siding? When we stained our deck, we used a sprayer and a lot of spots got on our siding. I have tried almost everything I can think of to get it off with no success.

It is not an uncommon occurrence for deck stain to splatter onto vinyl siding during application. To remove the stain, you must strip the color off of the siding. Follow the guidelines below to get the job done.

You Will Need:

  • The Stripper by Behr or other stain stripper
  • Sponge or old cloths
  • Water
  • Towels

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Stripper is available at Home Depot or other hardware stores that sell Behr products.
  2. Spray the cleaner onto the stained areas and allow it to set for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Use the sponge or cloth to scrub the stain away.
  4. Repeat until the stain is removed.
  5. Rinse the area with clean water.
  6. Dry with a towel.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • For some extra cleaning power, scrub the area with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser after applying the spray.
  • If the stain cannot be removed, consider painting over it.
  • Greased Lightning can also be used with a Magic Eraser for lighter stains.
  • Be cautious not to let cleaners sit too long on the siding as it can damage the surface and or cause discoloration.


  1. Use a magic eraser! It works wonders!

  2. Without having to get all the stripper stuff, I used Spray Nine and it wiped right off.

  3. Magic Eraser works wonders!

  4. SOS Pad worked for me.

  5. Won’t stripper melt the siding?

  6. I hired a handy man who got over-spray all over my siding, pretty much on every side of the house in multiple spots. Nothing was working (magic eraser, bleach water, Dawn) until I tried a mixture of hot water, laundry detergent (specifically Arm and Hammer… no exact measurements or anything, just a cap full or so in a +half gallon of water, maybe?), a hard plastic bristled grout brush and Greased Lightning. Spray the Greased Lightning on first, let it sit for a couple minutes, then dip the grout brush in the laundry detergent mixture and start scrubbing. Leaves no markings and it doesn’t take off any layers of the siding. It comes off easier than ANYTHING else I’ve tried… thankfully, because it’s not fun! Good luck.

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