How to Do Soft Wash Roof Washing Safely?

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Generally, it is not necessary to pressure wash your shingle roof when removing ordinary leaves and debris, as it may damage the protective grit coating of your shingle. However, if your roof has grown mold, moss, or algae, you WILL need to use pressure roof washing. Any of these three can become so vigorous that they can damage your roof’s integrity.  If you do not get rid of them with power washing, the other choices will be to use herbicide chemicals or scraping them off, which can be destructive to the shingles. The safest way would be to use soft wash roof washing. You need to make sure that you use the least force possible to pry the mold, algae, or moss free and then wash it from your roof.

When doing soft wash roof washing, you want to make sure that you are doing it safely by wearing gloves, the proper clothes, including the right shoes and protection for your eyes if you have never used a power washer before you should test the pressure on the side of the house at the bottom so you can get used to the feel of the force of the jet spray in your hands before you climb on a ladder and use it on your roof.

Make sure that you are not using bleach in your power washer because it can damage it. There is also the back spray from the power washer that could get on your skin and burn. You will need to use some type of cleanser to make sure that you get all the moss, algae, or mold off, so look for a safer cleaner that is environmentally safe to use. You will need to use a cleaner compound to remove black mold and plain water for green mold.

To make sure that you are doing the pressure roof cleaning safely, you also want to make sure that you select the proper spray tip. It is advisable that you start with a medium pressure spray pattern, adjusting it accordingly as needed.

Here is what you need to do to make sure you are doing this cleaning safely.

  • Wet shingles can be extremely slippery, so make sure that you always stand on a dry area of the roof when spraying and cleaning your roof.
  • Cover a few shingles at a time and move the pressure washer wand closer to the surface if you need more power.
  • Constantly inspect for any damage that you could be causing the power washer.
  • Aim the spray down the roof, keeping the tip of the wand at least a foot away from the surface, and never aim your roof pressure wash up the roof because it can push water under the roof shingles and cause leakage in your home.
  • Wear shoes that have soft soles that are not going to become slippery when wet and cause you to slip off the roof.

It is a common tendency of all house owners to overlook an essential part of their home - the roof. Usually, the roofs are left unnoticed, so they easily accumulate stains and hard water. Don’t be one of those homeowners. Keep the above-mentioned tips in mind when washing your roof or, better yet, hire a professional pressure washer for optimum cleaning results.

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