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. Sherry says:

    Use a magic eraser! It works wonders!

  2. James says:

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

  3. Marcy says:

    Magic Eraser works wonders!

  4. Monique says:

    SOS Pad worked for me.

  5. John says:

    Won’t stripper melt the siding?

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