Vines on siding

Does anybody know how to remove the deep vine roots from aluminum siding?
  11 answers
  • cut the vines & let them die and dry up - now you can remove them easier with hopefully little damage. After this is done spray & scrub

    • Debbie Debbie on Jun 23, 2015
      Thank you. All that is left now are the thousands of stains and tiny threads. I have scrubbed and sprayed with everything I could come up with and pressure washed. Would bleach help? Thanks for you help.

  • Tudyrunningwater Tudyrunningwater on Jun 24, 2015
    vinegar should help with the tiny vine marks

    • Debbie Debbie on Jun 24, 2015
      Thanks! Should have thought of vinegar. It works for everything!

  • Betsy Wilson Betsy Wilson on Jun 24, 2015
    Window World guy says Simple Green works well for stains!

  • Fran Fran on Jun 24, 2015
    I have the same issue and will now try the vinegar - hope it works!

  • Pgl Pgl on Jun 24, 2015
    Is what you removed Ivy? If so it needs to be moistened and a scrub bush.

  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Jun 24, 2015
    If it is the little round 'feet' with an attached fibre that you have (left from the plant holding on to the siding) you may need to get a razor or xacto knife blade to scrape them off. I usually use a blade from one of those retractible mat knives; you can run a piece of masking tape along the non-sharp edge to make it easier to hold & keep the segments from snapping apart. After that, why not forget the stains and put on a layer of paint?

  • Marie Alesi Caruana Marie Alesi Caruana on Jun 24, 2015
    Power washing should do the trick to get off any stains once the vines are removed.

  • Debbie Debbie on Jun 24, 2015
    I have power washed, sprayed with everything I know of, scrubbed, and power steamed. The stains are still there. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • D & K D & K on Jun 25, 2015
      @Debbie I have run into this numerous times and the only solution I've found is to primer and repaint once the ivy and it's roots are removed. I have been told that there is an paint additive which is purchased separately that inhibits mold and fungal growth and that added in twice the suggested amounts will prevent the ivy from taking root again. You might ask your local paint supply about this.

  • Lynn Murphy-Picker Lynn Murphy-Picker on Jun 24, 2015
    I have found that Bio Cleaner will help tremendously. Available at

  • Paula Glass Paula Glass on Jun 25, 2015
    Go to pool company and get a jug of liquid chlorine than purchase Dawn Liquid Dish Detergent (Basic No other flavors) and water. Mix in a pump sprayer and spray stains, let sit for a few minutes (about 15) then rinse off with pressure washer. You might have to repeat the method a couple of times but it works for almost anything on siding..

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2021


    You can try to sand them, but in my experience you have to wait until they can be brushed off when dry!