Paint Problem Solver
Dirt Pick-up


Accumulation of dirt, dust and/or other debris on the paint film; may resemble mildew.


  • Use of low-quality paints
  • Soil splashing onto siding
  • Air pollution, car exhaust and airborne dust collecting on house body and trim


  • If unsure whether the problem is dirt or mildew, conduct a simple spot-test with bleach.
  • Remove dirt with a scrub brush and detergent solution, followed by thorough rinsing with a garden hose. Heavier dirt accumulations may require the use of a power washer. Stubborn dirt may require the use of a degreaser or cleaner.
  • Paint with a high-quality paint that is formulated to provide superior dirt pick-up resistance.

Please note that these suggestions are provided as a service to you. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. If you have additional questions, ask any of our expert sales associates.