James Hardie fiber cement siding is a leading siding solution which stands out from its competitors because it requires far less maintenance. The material resists much of what mother nature has to throw at it but throughout the years of extreme New England weather there becomes the time when maintenance, and cleaning is needed. Cleaning is recommended from James Hardie when dust, dust, chalking, oil, grease or mildew builds up over time.
For tips on how to clean off the surface depending on your issue, check below!
Construction Dirt or Chalk:
Any dust from cutting and construction needs to be removed immediately. You’ll need a soft cloth, soft paint poly bush or chip brush. BE sure that you don’t use a hard brush that could damage the surface. If you choose a brush, brush the surface and then rinse with water. If you choose a cloth, simply wet the cloth and rinse that area.
Oils & Grease:
All you’ll need is a soft cloth, liquid dishwashing soap and a garden house. Use the soft cloth soaked with the soap to clean the area and then the garden hose to rinse everything off.
Mold & Mildew:
While this happens very rarely, it can occur. Lightly scrub the infected area with a soft cloth, and mildew cleaner. Then, use a garden hose to rinse everything off.
James Hardie recommends working small sections at a time. Start from the top of the problem and work your way down.
The best thing about James Hardie siding is that maintenance is so rarely needed. But, if you are noticing one of these issues after the years, you should stay on top of it.