The gutters on your home can be difficult to clean, especially when you don’t have the tools you need to clean them correctly. It’s hard to reach your gutters and soffits with just a ladder and hose, which is why pressure washers are used by professionals to get your gutters cleaned. To protect your home and surrounding foliage, there are a number of steps to take when you are going to pressure wash your gutters on your own.
Protect Your Foliage
When you are going to use soap to clean your gutters and soffits, you will want to use the low-pressure nozzle and give your gutters, soffits and surrounding foliage a good soak. This will rinse off a good amount of debris and give your soap a chance to work. After cleaning your gutters, rinse your foliage once again to get rid of any soap residue.
After the First Rinse
Use detergent to get the dirt and grime off your soffits and gutters. Pay attention to the detergent you are using and dilute the detergent as directed. Cover your soffits and gutters with detergent and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Pay attention to avoid getting water into your soffits, as this can lead to mold and mildew growth.
Remove the Dirt and Detergent
Once the detergent has broken up the dirt and loosened it, use the high-pressure nozzle and rinse your soffits and gutters thoroughly. Make sure the detergent nozzle is off so that you don’t add more detergent to your home while trying to rinse it off. You will want to use the low-pressure rinse one more time on your home and foliage after rinsing off the detergent to get any remaining particles.
Use a Gutter Cleaning Attachment
You don’t have to get up on a ladder with a pressure washer to clean your gutters. You can use a gutter cleaning attachment instead, which is a much safer way to clean your gutters. When you don’t have the equipment you need, it can be easier to have a professional come and clean your gutters instead.
If you need to have your gutters cleaned, contact us today at Weatherguard Gutters to get a free estimate. We have been serving homes in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for more than 25 years, and we are ready to help you with all your gutter needs.