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How to Clean Roof Moss

Apr 13, 2008
A simple deck brush, a specialized roof moss cleaning product and a little "know how" is all you need to remove the moss from your roof in a few weekend hours.

A "garden style" pump sprayer, a "medium" bristle deck brush and a hose is all the tools that you will need. A good moss cleaning product should not contain chemicals like bleach, chlorine or TSP, those products will stain your roof, dry out and crack your roofing material and the runoff will kill your plants and grass. There are chemical free roof cleaners that attack the roof moss by the roots, temporarily releasing it from the roof so that the moss can easily be brushed off. A good moss roof cleaner will not harm your roofing material or you're landscaping.

The cleaning method that works best for me is to spray a small area of roof moss at a time, letting the product work for about 10 minutes and before it dries brush the moss off while the roots are released. That is the key to the whole removal process, "take it off while it is still wet", if it happens to dry simply moisten again with straight water and remove. Brushing moss off dry or with a pressure washer will only knock the top of off the moss and soon it will be back again because the roots were not removed. Once the moss has been removed, wash the roof with water and apply a final coat of roof moss cleaner.

Keeping the moss from returning is the next battle you will face but I have a couple of tips that will keep your roof looking clean. The first of which is to buy some rolled zinc, make sure that it is at least 3.5" wide, roll it out and secure it along the ridge of your home( on the side that the moss was on) and as it rains the zinc will release metal ions, coating the roof that will prevent any future growth. This has been proven to be an effective solution. The alternative is to coat your roof once or twice a year with a roof cleaner, I recommend twice, once mid May and again in late November.

A day's work, a little zinc or bi-yearly spraying and you will never notice the moss again.
About the Author
John Redihan cleans roofs professionally, before you buy a roof cleaning chemical on the internet please check out Wash Safe Industries amazing chemical to remove roof moss
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