Gutters - clean or paint?

Old 07-30-11, 10:18 AM
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Question Gutters - clean or paint?

My homeowners association wants me to give my gutters a powerwash. I attempted to do it myself but I see no improvement whatsoever. To me it looks more like the paint has worn away rather than simple dirt. Anyway, I was looking for an opinion on this before I proceeded further.

Would a professional power-sprayer be able to restore these gutters or is painting them a better course of action?

Old 07-30-11, 11:54 AM
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Plain water no matter how much pressure is there won't clean them. That appears to be mildew stains (from the trees) on them. You need to use a stiff brush to apply some Simple Green or another name of cleaner. It may take several brushing and rinse cycles to get it sparkling clean.
Old 07-30-11, 12:31 PM
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A light mixture of bleach, water and liquid soap (to help it cling). Simple Green or similar is great...but normal dishsoap will work. 1/4 bleach, 3/4 water...a few drops of dishsoap worked very well when I was cleaning up to sell my house in VA. Thats exactly what mine looked like before cleaning.

Spray it on...let it sit for a few minutes...rinse it off. Wet the stuff below with plain water to prevent damage.

I used a spray bottle...but a pump up sprayer would make it easier.
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I've never known just using a pressure washer to be very effective on gutters. I agree with the others a detergent is needed! maybe even some elbow grease I found 'greased lightning' to be very effective.

Painting might be easier/quicker but then you have to start with periodic repainting. Aluminum siding usually goes 25-30 yrs before it needs to be painted. I'd assume the same would be true of gutters..... if they last that long.

I probably ought to add that you need to be careful with the water hose or pressure washer - it would be easy to introduce water into your attic via the soffit vents

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