Over time, roof shingles and the other parts of the roof area will turn black and look really dirty due to continuous exposure to the heat of the sun, heavy rainfall, and strong winds. Generally, mildew, fungus, algae, stains, and other blemishes can be expected to accumulate on the roof area. In effect, the roof materials, as well as the exterior part of the house, will no longer look attractive. When this happens, you can apply your knowledge of how to clean roof shingles on your own.
First of all, call the company that installed your roof, if you know, and find out if they offer routine cleaning on the roof shingles of their clients. There are companies that offer this service as part of their installation package. If not, then check out the following cleaning procedure for doing it yourself.
Gather all your cleaning materials. You will need the following items: garden sprayer, gloves, safety glasses, quality shoes, sturdy ladder, broom and brush, garden hose, hot water, powder detergent or tri-sodium phosphate, container, and bleaching solution.
Prepare your cleaning solution. There are a number of cleaning agents that you can use, but let us identify the most effective one. Fill a container with approximately 1 gallon of hot water and add 1 cup of powder detergent and another cup of bleaching solution. In lieu of the powder detergent, you can also use 1 cup of tri-sodium phosphate instead.
Mix them all thoroughly until the powder detergent is completely dissolved. Allow the mixture to settle for 5 to 10 minutes, and then stir it again. When the powder is fully liquefied, you are ready to use the cleaning formula, using your garden sprayer.
Put the ladder in place. Before you climb the ladder, make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes so that your feet will have effective grip while you are working. Bring all your cleaning materials to the roof so that you will not be going up and down several times. Because the cleaning agent that you will apply later can dry up easily, it is advisable that you clean your roof shingles early in the morning before the sun is too hot.
Apply the cleaning solution. Before you apply the cleaning solution, it is better to wet the roof area using your garden hose. That way, the cleaning agent can more easily penetrate when applied without evaporating as fast.
Fill your garden sprayer with the cleaning solution you mixed earlier and spray the roof shingles in sections of about 8 feet wide and 2 feet high. Allow the sprayed area to soak for about 10 minutes.
Brush the roof shingles. Once the cleaning agent has settled, use your broom to remove the lichen and mold from the roof shingles. If there are portions that start to dry while you are cleaning, add more cleaning solution. For harder to remove stains, you can use the brush.
When you have completed all roof shingles, allow the sprayed and brushed area to soak for another 10 minutes.
Rinse the roof. After 10 minutes, you are now ready to rinse your roof shingles. Use your garden hose again and the maximum water pressure. You should rinse from top to bottom to ensure that the dirt run-off will not re-stain your newly-cleaned roof shingles.
For best results, clean your roof every 4 to 6 months so that it will remain good looking and attractive. Also, at any time you feel that you cannot do the job alone; you can always call a friend or a pro to help you with it.
Whether your roof materials are made out of asphalt or wood, you need to have your roof cleaned thoroughly. Once you are aware of how to clean roof shingles, you can effectively preserve the exterior parts of your home from getting damaged. Other than what we have discussed, there are still plenty of roof shingles cleaning solutions that you can try. All it takes is an expanded research in the internet.