Damon asked: How do I take pesticide off siding? We used pesticide to get rid of wasps. It leaked all over the siding over the years, and we can’t get it off. We tried bleach, vinegar, soap and water.
Most pesticides strongly caution against spraying near unprotected siding, and for good reason. They stain, and the stains are permanent. While there is no guarantee you will ever be able to get the siding back to the way it was, the steps below will give it a good attempt.
You Will Need:
- Choose one:
- Scrub brush
- Water to rinse
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Begin by choosing one of the cleaning products above.
- Apply a liberal coat to the surface of the stained area.
- Scrub the area with a scrub brush. For old stains, it may be helpful to allow the cleaner to set on the stain first so that it can saturate it.
- Rinse completely with clean water. A hose works best for this, but buckets will work as well. Be sure to remove any run-off that may stain areas below.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
- Once the area is rinsed and dried, check for any remaining stains. If there are still stains present, either repeat the steps above or choose a second cleaning product to try. Do NOT mix cleaning products.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Some have found auto cleaning products are successful in removing stains from siding. For this particular stain, try carb and choke cleaner.
- Always test a hidden area first as some cleaners will remove the top layer of color with the stain and cause a second problem.