Homemade Solutions for Dirty Gutters

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One of the most important parts of a roof is the gutter system. Its job is to redirect rainfall from the roof to an area on the ground far away from the house. A gutter system can not do its job properly if it’s overly dirty, which is why you should take the time to clean yours.

About Aluminum Gutters
A common material used for gutter systems is aluminum because it will not rust or tarnish. The only way aluminum gutters will start to break down is when they come in contact with copper, steel, brass, or ingredients like baking soda. So as long as they are properly installed, maintained, and cleaned, they should last for years on end. Speaking of cleaning, that should be done at least twice a year to allow for a clear pathway for the rainfall to drain. After removing any debris and rinsing the gutters out with the hose, you can apply some homemade solutions to clean them.

White Vinegar
This is one of the most common cleaners used in the kitchen, and it works just as well outside of the house. After you’ve cleaned the debris from your gutter system, cap it off at the exit points. Pour a solution of white vinegar and water (1 cup for every 3 gallons) into your gutters and allow it to sit for about an hour. Unplug your gutters and proceed to rinse out any residual grime with a long brush and the garden hose.

Cream of Tartar
Head back into the kitchen and grab your container of cream of tartar. This cooking ingredient is also acidic and does a wonderful job cleaning surfaces such as aluminum gutters. Mix a small amount of water with the cream of tartar to create a paste. Rub the solution onto your gutters, followed by a quick rinse.

Dirty gutters? Clean them up with some natural ingredients that you can find right in the comfort of your own kitchen. If your gutter system has seen better days or is broken beyond repair, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior to install a new one. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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