How To Clean Your Home’s Gutters

Gutters are the water discharge system in a house or building. They are necessary for preventing rainwater from dripping off in an uncontrolled manner. Without clean and functional gutters, uncontrolled water flow can lead to damage to the house walls, drench the person standing next to it, and even damage the building’s foundations.

There are many types of gutters. They are made from cast iron, Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride or UPVC, Stainless steel, Seamless gutters, Zinc, Fin lock gutters and or wood gutters. It is essential first to know what type of gutter your house is made of. In this post, we will show you how to clean every kind of home gutters.

How to clean cast iron gutters

Cast iron gutters are incredibly durable and do not need a lot of hard work for cleaning. Take care to secure your ladder before you step up to clean. Take a gutter trowel and scrape out the leaves. You can use a hose or a pressure washer to clean the blocked pipes.

Try to check if there are rusts in your pipes. Rusted pipes tend to sag later on.

How to clean UPVC gutters

A high pressured power wash can clean the UPVC gutters, but they will become tired and worn easily over time. It is good to use liquid detergent alone for cleaning, resulting in a whiter drain if you use it on the outside of it too.

How to clean stainless steel gutters

Do not clean stainless steel gutter with abrasive pads or brushes. You may scratch the colour coating on the pipes. Use only liquid detergent in warm water to clean off the dirt.

How to clean seamless gutter

Seamless gutter does require a lot of maintenance because of less debris build-up. You can leave the hose down the dirt with some water, and it will be clean instantly.

How to clean zinc gutter

Similar to stainless steel, do not try to polish the surface on zinc gutters. This polishing may result in dulling of the pipes. Liquid detergent works best. To rinse and clean, use cold water instead of warm water.

How to clean Fin lock gutters

Fin lock gutters tend to attract a lot of moulds and damp during winter. It is good to clean these gutters at least twice a year to avoid build-up.

How to clean wood gutters

To clean your wood gutters, apply a small amount of lightweight motor oil. Wait for some time to let the oil soak in the wood. It is also good to clean dry your wood gutters since they tend to rot in standing water.


Please ensure that you clean your gutters twice a year. If you have many trees near your house, you can clean them more than three times to reduce potential clogging. 

We hope that this post has provided you with some knowledge to help you clean your specific type of gutters at home.

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