What will clean really filthy white gutters?


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Old 06-09-21, 07:06 PM
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What will clean really filthy white gutters?

These gutters haven't been cleaned in fifty years. What might at least make them look a little more presentable? Some cleaning solution? A power washer? Any suggestions? Thanks.







 
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Old 06-09-21, 07:10 PM
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They changed the formulation some years back, so I doubt its as good as it once was, but Westley's Blech-wite used to be the bomb for cleaning stains off gutters. Its a white wall tire cleaner. Wet it, let it soak, scrub it, rinse & repeat.

But the finish on gutters that old might be shot by now.
 
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Old 06-09-21, 08:17 PM
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There's mold all over everything.
I'd spray it down with bleach and water 50/50 with a pump sprayer, or use a pressure washer with the spray nozzle and use bleach on the suction line, wait an hour then pressure wash it.
 
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Old 06-10-21, 01:12 AM
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Agree, tire cleaner is what I use all the time. I use one of the large industrial spray bottles and a brush like this and it cuts right through all the grime that collects on the gutters. They have theses at Lowes!

 
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Old 06-10-21, 03:11 AM
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I usually spray a bleach solution on it, let it set but not dry and then use a pressure washer to rinse it. When that doesn't get it good enough I often use 409, Greased Lightning or similar and hand wash.

Clean aluminum paints well so that is also an option.
 
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Old 06-10-21, 04:41 AM
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Because of COVID I couldn't get bleach or outdoor cleaners with bleach to do my sorta regular house pressure washing. This spring I tried just with a pressure washer and it got 75% off but you could still see the mildew when you got within 10 feet. I used Clorox Outdoor Bleach in the strongest mix they recommend and the gutters were mostly white even before I pressure washed. The key is to spray the cleaner on while the gutters are dry. Give it a few minutes but make sure to pressure wash before it dries.

I have tried bleach alone and it works about as well as the outdoor bleach on mildew. I notice that the outdoor cleaner does better than bleach when there is dirt or bird poo to remove.
 
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Thank you all very much for the great suggestions.
 
 

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