Let’s be honest, while having a dirty roof is never a good thing, the level of embarrassment increases exponentially when your sidewalks and driveways are covered in dirt and grime as well. If you’re sick and tired of being the subject of finger pointing and whispers from your stuck up neighbors, it’s time for you to do something about it and clean up your outdoor surfaces once and for all.
Have you been thinking about using bleach as a quick fix? If so, we are here to attempt to change your mind. We know that in most households, we are subconsciously programmed to use bleach on a lot of cleaning projects. While it can be incredibly useful in the bathroom, tackling your outdoor surfaces with bleach may not be the best idea for various reasons. Are you ready to hear about them all? Join us as we examine the reasons why you shouldn’t use bleach for your roof and sidewalks.
Think About the Time
In order for bleach based products to truly work, you can’t just pour bleach on your roof and walk away. While this can get rid of some of the dirt, the majority will remain unless you scrub and rinse a few times. Not only is this time intensive, but it can also be exhausting. Yeah, we all love a do-it-yourself project from time to time, but the idea of getting up on your roof in hot weather and scrubbing such a large surface with a brush may not be as simple or easy as you anticipate. Additionally, working on a roof can be dangerous for someone who has no previous experience. On one hand, you can cause further damage to your roof if you scrub too hard. Additionally, you also have a high risk of injury that can be fatal in some cases. If you’re not ready to invest the time and effort while taking the proper safety measures, it may be best to pass up on the idea of using bleach to clean your roof.
Look at the Results
Sure bleach can be effective at getting rid of a lot of germs and bacteria. However, research indicates that it is not the best option for ridding a roof of mold. So think about the results that you’re trying to achieve before you take the easy way out and settle for bleach. With bleach, it will be easy for you to clean the dirt off the surface and make your roof look like new; it can prove to be an illusion. If you want to go beneath the surface and make your roof healthy again, you need a cleaning solution that’s built to tackle and eliminate mold once and for all. At Fiddler Roof Cleaning, we use a one-of-a-kind cleaning agent called Eco Roof™. This is a solution that is formulated to be powerful enough to kill mold and mildew and gentle enough to protect the roof from additional damage. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for bleach based product. Additionally, Eco Roof™ is a time released cleaning agent. In other words, when your roof needs it most, is when it will kick in and have the greatest effect. Bleach will simply get the dirt off the surface and provide you with no maintenance benefits over time.
Consider the Environment
This one should be a no brainer. Using bleach can have harmful effects on the paint of your home, your lawn and pretty much anything that it comes in contact with. Do you really think that you will be able to properly clean your roof and sidewalks without getting some of the solution on the other surfaces of your home? If you do, perhaps you are being a bit optimistic about your chances of protecting the environment and your beloved lawn.
The use of bleach can also be dangerous for families that have pets. We know that your puppy or cat is more than just an animal to you. They are a part of your family that you greatly value. If this is the case, make the right decision and take steps to protect them from harmful chemicals. Choose a safe and environmentally friendly cleaner instead.
In conclusion, while cleaning your roof with bleach may seem like a quick and logical fix, in actuality it can cause you more harm than good. We hope that this article can serve as a guide as to why you shouldn’t be so quick to reach for the bleach in hopes of getting a clean roof and/or sidewalk.
Posted: May 21, 2016