The gutters are the crucial components of a home that channel rainwater falling on the roof effectively into the ground or a harvesting tank. Of course, gutters will become stained and accumulated with debris when not cleaned for a long time. This can have a significant impact on the overall look of the home, as gutters are a major component of the exteriors.
The accumulation of fallen leaves and twigs in the gutters can cause water to overflow causing stains on its surface, which will get difficult in removing during house cleaning. Below are some tips for effectively cleaning the outside of the gutters for maintaining the look of the home.
Using Cleaning Agents
It is best to use specialized cleaning agents or solvents for effectively cleaning the gutters. For this purpose, consider using cleaning products that have a clearly marked TSP-PF label. Purchasing a product with the TSP-PF label means that the product has all the cleaning and degreasing qualities of its components without causing any harmful effects. For using this cleaning agent, mix one cup of the TSP-PF with about one-quarter of bleach and three-quarters of hot water.
Mix this solution well, use a soft brush for carefully applying the mixture on the outer portion of the gutters, and allow it to stay for about ten minutes. You can then flush clean the gutter. However, remember to cover any of the vegetation lying nearby using a plastic sheet as the cleaning agent can cause damages to them.
Using Liquid Detergent
Liquid detergents are also effective in cleaning the gutters and make them dirt free. Mix half a cup of liquid detergent with a half cup of bleach in two gallons of water; scrub the outer surface of the gutters using this solvent; and allow it to stay for about 15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture from the gutter effectively using a hose drain and nozzle sprayer.
It is also best to use a wash and rinse method all the time while cleaning the gutters, as the soap and dirt can get dried on its surface. If you find it difficult to clean the gutters on your own, get in touch with a professional house cleaning service for help.
White vinegar is an excellent household cleaning agent that can be used to clean the outer surfaces of gutters. However, you need to remove all the accumulated dried leaves and twigs from the gutters before applying the white vinegar solution.
When done, mix white vinegar with warm water and pour it on the gutters making sure to plug the downspouts. Empty the gutter by unplugging the downspouts after allowing the mixture to remain there for around half an hour. Rinse the gutters with a garden hosepipe and use a brush to remove any excess dirt and grime on the surface.