How to Safely Clean Your Roof

Depending on the type of house you own, or even the type of roof, you might start to notice it getting a bit mucky over time. 'Mucky' can include black streaks, algae, moss or lichen, which can turn your tidy roof into an unsightly mess.

The best way to get around this is to get it cleaned. Now this can be tricky, especially if your roof is particularly high or is difficult to reach, so the utmost safety must be observed. But, as long as you have an extendable ladder that reaches it comfortably, and have the equipment necessary to make the job as safe as possible, then it can be achieved.

Below we have outlined some of the best tips for safely cleaning your roof with Wet and Forget.

Equipment Needed

    • Extendable Ladders
    • Safety Harness (if you are experienced in using one)
    • Sprayer
    • Wet and Forget

Ideal Conditions

    • Choose a sunny, clear day and start as early in the morning as possible so you have plenty of time to finish before it goes dark.
    • Not too cold and definitely not below 0˚C

Ladder Positioning

Make sure it is positioned on flat ground and it is perfectly stable before climbing. If you are in any doubt, or it is not safe to do so, then don't. Some ladders might just need a wooden board to keep it stable and some might need and additional accessory to help keep it steady.

Also ensure the ladder is resting against a flat surface and is tall enough for you to be able to go beyond the guttering and reach the roof. Once again, depending on the property, you might be able to climb onto the roof or you may just be staying on the ladders and spraying from there.

Remember when climbing to always maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times. Do not attempt to lean beyond a safe reach when spraying; instead reposition the ladder and climb back up again.

Ask a Friend

However, the best way to avoid disasters completely is to have someone else hold the ladder. If your roof is hard to get to, or even if it isn't, cleaning it should never be done alone.  It will also give you the opportunity to have a second opinion on ladder stability and will make the job a lot safer.

Take your Time

Most importantly, always take your time. You may have a lot of jobs to do that day, but working at any height can be dangerous and the utmost safety precautions must be taken, which can take a lot of time out of your schedule. But as the old saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry. Cleaning your roof should never be a rush job, so make sure you put plenty of time aside.

For any more advice on outdoor cleaning check out our blog, and for any enquiries regarding Wet and Forget, head over to our contact page.

Sources:

https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/how-to-clean-roof-stains/

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/10436/how-do-i-use-an-extension-ladder-to-get-onto-my-roof

https://www.wikihow.com/Climb-a-Ladder-Safely