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Cladding is used on houses as a protection for the infrastructure that supports the framework, as such is it weatherproofed. This means you can clean cladding with most household detergents. Learning the importance of how to clean cladding and wood panels on your property, means you'll keep it looking in pristine condition.

Things You'll Need to Clean Cladding and Wood Panels:

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Mop with extending handle
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Hose with spray nozzle
  • Vegetable oil

Mixing Up Your Solution

Next, you need to mix up your cleaning solution by measuring out 2 full cups of dish washing detergent in the bucket of warm water. You can use your mop head to mix this up. You need to wring out the mop head before washing the sides of your cladding, a little like mopping a floor only in a vertical motion. It is important to just mop one section at a time, and then rinse this off immediately using your hose with the pressure nozzle attached to it.

To reach the higher sections, you can extend your mop handle. It is always better to use a mop with an extending handle rather than climb up a ladder when you clean cladding. This is because the soapy solution might make the rungs of your ladder slippery and cause you to fall.

What to Avoid Using When You Clean Cladding

You should avoid using any strong alkalis and solvents when cleaning cladding. You also need to be careful if any of the varnish, paint or shellac is cracked, as this may let moisture penetrate into the grain causing stains. Most literature on how to clean cladding and wood panels, recommend using biodegradable solutions as these are much safer to use, kinder to the environment and less harsh on the surfaces they are applied to.

What to be Careful Of When Cleaning Bare Wood Panels

Be very careful when cleaning bare wood panels because the grain absorbs moisture as well as grease. Unfinished wood panels are that much harder to clean. You have to regularly 'feed' them with oils and polishes which prevents the wood from drying.

Are Oils, Waxes and Polishes Good for Cleaning Finished Wood Panels?

In reality oils, waxes and polishes only clean and add protection to the existing finishes of wood panels. However, polishes will preserve a finish because they replenish any oils lost through drying out. Polishes, used on wood panels are effective, but you need to use a good quality one that goes on easily and doesn't build up. You need one that does not stain or smudge to get a perfect finish.

A Good Alternative to Polish is Oil Soap

An good alternative to polish is oil soap which is a combination of vegetable oil and a mild detergent you can mix together. This produces a clean and smudge-free sheen on wood panels. If you learn how to clean cladding and wood panels properly, the outside of your property will always look in good condition and your wood panels will not dry out and become cracked.

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