If you have noticed vertical stripes on your aluminum rain gutters, these are referred to as tiger stripes. While you can try to wash off the tiger stripes on your own, it can be difficult to get the tough dirt off of your gutters. Some homeowners get concerned that the paint on their gutters is permanently stained. In most cases, the paint is usually fine.
Over time dirt and pollution will make the top of the gutter dirty. Once moisture mixes with the dirt, it will begin to stream along the front of the gutter. As the problem continues, the lines will become darker and your gutters will become stripes.
When your rain gutters begin to show signs of dirt and staining, it’s important to have your gutters cleaned. How often you need to maintain your gutters will depend on where you live and the conditions that your gutters are subject to.
How to Clean Aluminum Gutters
When deposits begin to build up on your gutters, it’s important to use basic cleaning procedures to start cleaning. Cleaners such as KRUD KUTTER, GC32 Gutter Cleaner, or Gutter Zap Cleaner for Your Gutters can be used to clean heavily soiled areas. You will also need a soft rag, sponge and a soft bristle brush for tough to clean areas.
If the tiger stripes are deeply ingrained into your gutters, you will want to invest in professional gutter cleaning to take care of the problem. While you can try to clean the surface yourself, you may need strong cleaning solution to get the job done right such as Johnson S C Inc 00286 Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner. You may have to clean your gutters more than once in order get the gutter completely clean.
Avoid using cleaning products that are abrasive, contain ammonia or are used as pain removers. These cleaners can destroy the finish on your gutters. In addition, stay away from using harsh scrubbing brushes as these can ruin the finish on your gutters.
If you have problems with mildew around your gutters, this will show up as black spots on your gutters. If you ignore the mildew, it is going to eventually produce the tiger stripes you are trying to avoid.
Contact Weatherguard Gutters for Gutter Maintenance Services Today
When you have tiger stripes on your gutters and you don’t have the ability to reach your gutters, it’s time to call for professional help. Weatherguard Gutters has been helping homeowners in Vancouver and the surrounding area keep their gutters in good repair. If you see tiger stripes on your gutters and you want them professionally cleaned, it’s time to contact Weatherguard Gutters to see how we can help.