Before we get into too much detail, let’s first acknowledge the fact that yes; you do need to clean your gutter guards. Despite many gutter guard manufacturers claiming that their product will keep you from ever having to clean your gutter again – how we wish it were true – you have to be realistic yourself. While a rain gutter mesh does keep you from having to address consistent gutter maintenance after every storm and autumnal fall, it’s still essential that you check them out from time to time and see how they’re holding up.
You should have an annual check and clean to make sure they’re still doing their job. That’s why in this article, we’re going to teach you how to clean your gutter guard. First, thing’s first, here’s what you will need:
- Drop Cloth
- Hand Protection
Step 1: Position Your Drop Cloth
Place a drop cloth under the area where you will be working. It will serve to catch falling debris that you may not want to clean out of your lawn or garden beds. It also helps protect any bushes or shrubs that you may have, as well as provide easy cleanup.
Step 2: Secure Your Ladder
Your ladder will come with a safety manual. Make sure you exercise every instruction before using it. Position your ladder and make sure that it’s 100% secured. If possible, have somebody hold the bottom as you climb and stand on it for even better safety and stability.
Step 3: Use Hand Protection Before Climbing to Location
You should use standard garden gloves for this since you don’t want to stab yourself with a twig or anything sharp inadvertently. Make sure you put on your gloves before you even climb the ladder. That way, you can use both hands at all times. Once you’re all set, start climbing to the location of your rain gutter mesh.
Step 4: Remove Material On Top of Your Gutter Guard
Once you’re in position, scrape off all of the materials and debris that are on top of your gutter guard. This should be pretty easy since they’re already grouped up.
Step 5: Remove Gutter Guard if Possible
If you have a hinged or removable gutter guard, open it once everything that’s accumulated on top of it is cleaned.
STEP 6: HOSE DOWN IF APPLICABLE
Hose down your gutters to clean away any potential debris that managed to slip through. Make sure your hose is long enough to reach your roof.
Step 7: Secure Your Gutter Guard
Once you’ve hosed down your gutters, return your gutter guard to its position. Congratulations, you managed to clean your rain gutter mesh. If you have any questions about the process, please let us know by sending us an email.