Restoration of Vinyl Siding Damaged by Soot

Soot on vinyl siding can permanently alter the color of the siding, so the siding may need to be replaced. Test clean areas of heaviest damage first to determine if cleaning is even possible.

Recommended Procedure

  1. Using a pressure washer, spray the siding with a mild degreaser.
  2. Rinse well.
  3. Hand clean the siding, being careful to not use a brush that will further damage the siding. You can try the following options to clean the siding:
    1. Automotive Polishing Compound
    2. Automotive Rubbing Compound
    3. Plastic Resin Cleaner (Patio Furniture Cleaner)

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  1. Benefect Atomic Degreaser

    Atomic Degreaser is a solvent-free, high-performance botanical degreaser and cleaner concentrate formulated to remove particulate at the atomic level with minimal agitation.

    • Botanically based ingredients
    • Ideal for fire- and smoke-damaged contents and surfaces
    • pH: 10.9–11.0
    • Safe for use around people and pets
    • Dilute 2–4 ounces per gallon
  2. PRS Fire and Content Cleaner

    PRS Fire and Content Cleaner is a biologically based cleaning agent built specifically for fire residues and heavy-duty content cleaning on hard surfaces.

    • Powerful biologically based degreaser
    • No harsh fumes
    • Ideal for fire damage restoration

    Starting at: $40.49

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