Removing Mildew From Gutters
Mildew Happens. If you find mildew on the exterior of your home it does not indicate improper installation but instead that mildew under favorable condition is natural.It’s frequently found on walls where rain water drains. Mildew does not necessarily mean that you are neglecting proper maintenance but it can be a contributing factor. Normally mildew will appear are spots but thankfully there is a cleaning solution suggested by our gutter material manufacturers that can help you clean the mildew from your gutters and get them back to looking great!
“Mildew can be removed by using the basic cleaning solution above with the addition of sodium hypochlorite as follows:
- 1/3 cup detergent (Tide, for example)
- 2/3 cup trisodium phosphate
- 1 quart sodium hypochlorite 5% solution (Clorox, for example)
- 3 quarts water”
Use this solution with a soft bristled brush and a nozzle-less garden hose and it should come clean.
Tips And Other Warnings
“CAUTION: Do not exceed the recommended concentrations of cleaners; to do so can cause damage to the products’ surface. Avoid skin and eye contact with the solution, and in all cases follow manufacturer’s instructions for the use of cleaning compounds and solutions. Avoid use of abrasive-type cleaners and strong solvents. Test any cleaner on an inconspicuous area before applying to major areas. To minimize streaking, always clean from the bottom to the top and follow with a rinsing of clear water. Excessive scrubbing is unnecessary, can be harmful to the products, and may cause undesirable glossy areas over the finish.
CAUTION: Do not use or mix sodium hypochlorite with other household chemicals or products containing ammonia. To do so will release hazardous gases.
CAUTION: Use care not to saturate window and door openings when cleaning your Variform siding and aluminum products.
TIP: Recommended you start washing from the bottom and go to the top, rinsing frequently. Cleaning solutions should be permitted to stand on the surface of the siding and/or soffit for several minutes before rinsing.
TIP: Pay particular attention to areas under eaves, porches, awnings, and other overhangs that have limited exposure to the natural washing effect of rainfall.”
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