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Removing Stains on Wood Siding

The most common causes of stains on wood siding come from mildew, extractive stains, or cement and mortar. Mildew is a fungus that grows on the surface of wood and wood finishes. It usually doesn’t hurt the wood, but it does cause an unpleasant appearance on the surface. Mildew can be easily removed by scrubbing it off with a detergent mixed with bleach and then rinsing the area with a mixture of bleach and water. Whatever you do, DO NOT mix bleach with ammonia because the combination will produce toxic fatal gases.

Extractive stains can also be removed. A magical potion of one cup of trisodium phosphate, one cup of bleach, and one gallon of water should do the trick. This solution can be used to wash the stained area. The next step involves mixing four ounces of oxalic acid crystals with one gallon of warm water. Make sure to mix this in a plastic bucket! If the oxalic acid is mixed with metal it will cause substantial problems. Wash the stain a second time with this solution and then let it dry. Once the solution is completely dry you can rinse it off. Always wear goggles and gloves when handling oxalic acid because it can damage your skin and hurt your eyes.

Cement and mortar often cause stains on wood because of the lime included in the concrete and mortar mix. Unfortunately, these stains cannot be removed. Your best bet is to take any and all precautionary measures to prevent the mix from splattering on your wood siding.

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Siding 101

There is a lot to know and to understand about siding before making an informed decision on the siding that is right for your house. You may be surprised, but it’s more than just the way it looks on the outside of your home. To truly understand siding, you must first understand what its importance is and how it is applied.

Shopping for Vinyl Siding

Any conscious consumer is wise enough to keep their budget in mind while shopping around for new siding, or any other item for that matter. Siding, in particular, can be broken down into the cost for installation and the cost for material. These are the two areas that you should focus on when trying to purchase the best siding option that fits into your budget. Furthermore, their will be additional costs for maintaining your siding that you should make sure to consider.

Siding Preparation

Of course you are paying to have your siding installed and most of the work rests in the hands of the professionals you have hired, but before the professionals arrive at your house there are a few things that you can do to prepare for them. The good news is that these things are not very difficult or time-consuming at all. In fact, it should only take you a few minutes.