While gutters drain rain off your roof and away from your home, gutters also collect leaves and other debris. That debris stains your white gutters making them unattractive and dirty. Cleaning your rain gutters of leaves and debris is a task you must do a few times a year. While you’re doing that, you may as well clean your white stained gutters. By using a homeamge gutter cleaning solution, you can make both your gutters and your home look as good as possible.
How to Clean Stained White Gutters
First, you’ll need to get out the ladder, and bring along a pair of rubber gloves. It’s quite simple, climb up and begin by removing all the leaves and other debris clogging up the gutters. You may have to use a garden trowel to help get out the very thick debris.
Next, spray out the gutter with a water hose, pushing out the dirt. This will also make any stains more visible. Before you begin to clean the strains from your gutters, consider covering any landscaping or plants below your gutters with a plastic sheet or tarp, since the cleaning solutions may harm vegetation.
Try spraying an all-purpose cleaner on the stains and scrub them off with a scrub brush. You may also try mixing one quart of water with 1 cup of bleach and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Dip your scrub brush in this solution and scrub off the stains. This bleach mixture will also kill any mold or mildew that’s growing on your gutters.
Homemade Gutter Cleaning Solutions
There are several recipes for homemade gutter cleaning solutions that are not only effective but more environmentally safe.
White Vinegar Gutter Solution
Combine white vinegar with warm water. Close off your gutters by plugging the downspouts, and pour the vinegar solution into your gutters and let it sit for an hour or longer. After draining the vinegar solution out, rinse the gutters out thoroughly, then use a scrub brush to scrub out any remaining dirt.
Cream of Tartar Gutter Solution
Surprisingly, your spice rack may have your solution to sparkling clean gutters. Scientists call Cream of Tartar potassium hydrogen tartrate. Take a small amount of water and make a cream of tartar paste. Use this paste to buff up the outside of your gutters, then rinse off with a hose and let dry. Your gutters will sparkle.
Cleaning Vinyl Gutters
If your gutters are vinyl instead of aluminum, they may present more of a cleaning challenge. Try making a gutter solution by mixing some Dawn liquid detergent with two gallons of water and half a cup of bleach. Us a scrub brush to scrub the outside of your gutters with this solution. Let it sit on the gutters for ten minutes or less, scrub once more, then rinsing away with a hose and a sprayer.
Keeping your gutters clean, both inside and out, will not only help protect your home from rain damage, but it will also increase your home’s curb appeal. With a little elbow grease and a simple homemade gutter cleaning solution, cleaning stained white gutters is a simple task.
Cleaning white stained gutters is an important part of gutter maintenance that you can handle yourself. For gutter repair or replacement, you may need some help. American Hill Country Gutters has you covered. Contact us today for all of your gutter needs.