Roof Stain Removal Solutions

Roof stain removalThis is your guide to roof stain removal. Moss, algae, and mildew adore your roof. Embark cautiously on do-it-yourself roof cleaning. When you combine a steep pitch with the use of ladders and cleaners that make the roof slippery, you have a recipe for potential disaster hanging over your head.

Use this Universal Roof Stain Removal Formula when your roof gets dirty. The concoction gets rid of roof spots such as mildew and moss.

You need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup liquid chlorine bleach
  • 1 cup powdered laundry detergent
  • 1 gallon hot water

Add the bleach to the water and then add the detergent. Mix the ingredients until the soap granules dissolve. Pour the mixture into a garden sprayer. Apply the liquid onto the affected area, and keep it wet for at least 15 minutes. Use a broom to scrub the surface. Rinse with a garden hose.

Tip: A pressure washer works best. Just be careful not to damage the roof with the force of the spray. Hold the spray tip back about 12 to 18 inches from the roof.

Tiled roofs can attract roof stains such as moss and other growth. Cleaning them yourself is not recommended because wet tiles are delicate and extremely slippery. If you aren’t agile or athletic, or if you have a fear of heights (or falling), think about hiring someone to maintain your roof. However, if you don't want to hire a professional to remove roof stains then follow this advice to stay safe:

If you go up there, be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes. They grip better than leather.

Wear a safety harness when removing roof stains. Safety harnesses have fabric straps that wrap around your legs, your waist, and the trunk of your body. You connect them to a rope that’s securely anchored to a tree trunk – or other fixed and secure object – located on the other side of the roof.

If you’re cleaning your roof, applying a preservative, or doing some other similar task, never stand downhill of your work. You can very easily slip on the wet surface. Always stand uphill of your work.

Use binoculars to inspect your roof if you want to take a close look at your roof but don’t want to climb up there to do it.

To create an inhospitable environment for growth on your roof, apply zinc strips close to the top (or comb) of the roof. Rainwater reacts with the zinc and drips down the roof, discouraging growth. To get the strips, visit a roofing supply company. This may prevent the need to remove roof stains.

Asbestos roofs, both tiles and sheeting, can be cleaned with high-pressure hoses, but this may only be done by professional firms who specialize in asbestos work. All the run-off must be captured and disposed of at a hazardous-waste site.

Corrugated iron roofs are either painted or unpainted. Unpainted roofs can be cleaned by washing down with soap and water – avoid anything acidic. Alternatively, rub the roof down with a galvanized pre-cleaner, which is slightly abrasive and available from hardware stores. Painted roofs can also be cleaned with soap and water to remove surface dirt prior to repainting.

I hope these tips help you reach roof stain removal success!

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