Soft Washing in Cairns and Far North Queensland

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Soft Washing in Cairns and Far North Queensland

Today there is a wide range of building materials, textures and finishes available to choose from and many of these require a more delicate approach when it comes to cleaning. A popular cleaning method when it comes to the removal of mould, dirt and grime from exterior surfaces, such as roofs, walls, fences, paths and driveways, is pressure washing. Pressure washing can be an effective method in many situations, however, it can cause serious damage to certain materials and surfaces. For example, it can remove paint and chip tiles. This is where soft washing comes in.

Soft washing is a ‘low pressure,’ alternative cleaning method that involves the application of a specially formulated cleaning solution which is later washed off with a regular hose after having time to activate and effectively attack the grime and mould on your outdoor surfaces. Our soft wash solution is also effective in the removal of algae, droppings, tannins, dirt and lichen.

We recommend soft washing for the following areas:

  • Metal, tile and terracotta roof systems,
  • Canvas awnings and shade sails,
  • Timber weatherboard, siding and older fragile paint systems,
  • Modern architectural moulding and facades, and
  • Areas affected by mould and algae.

Our technicians are trained and experienced in soft washing and make sure to consider things like foliage protection, pets, water containment and run-off.

If you’d like to know more please feel free to email us at or call us on 0424 624 461.

Cairns Pressure Washing

Do you have a problem with mould, dirt and grime covering your surfaces such as your roof, driveway, walls or paths? This can not only look awful but be dangerous, with surfaces becoming slippery to walk on and mould having negative effects on your health. Mould is a huge issue in far North Queensland due to the humidity and surfaces remaining damp for long periods of time.

Here at Gutter-Vac Cairns we can rectify this problem and have your home looking lovely and clean again by pressure washing the grime away. We can also use our soft washing chemicals to remove mould and slow its return.

If using chemicals or if the surface was covered in other contaminants such as oil, then we can also use our Gutter-Vac machine to capture the contaminated water and take it away for safe disposal. This prevents any harmful substances from flowing into natural water systems and harming the environment.

We Provide a Complete Roof and Gutter Report with Before and After Pictures

Did you know we provide a full roof and gutter report upon the completion of the work we carry out. This means that you can have complete peace of mind that we’re completing the work to the best possible standards. Whilst on your roof carrying out the requested work, we also conduct a complimentary roof and gutter inspection so that we can make you aware of any issues such as rusting gutters, cracked tiles or damaged solar panels.

All of our roof and gutter reports include before and after pictures of the work we have completed, along with pictures of any other issues we find and suggestions on how those issues may be rectified. We can then provide a free quote if these are issues that we can take care of for you.

Gutter Guard isn’t always The Answer

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of requests for gutter guard installation. Gutter guard can be a great solution for keeping debris out of your gutters, in certain situations. However, there are a few things you need to consider before committing to the costly installation of gutter guard.

What type of debris is collecting in your gutters and on your roof?

If the debris collecting in your gutters and on your roof consists of large leaves and sticks then gutter guard may be the answer. However, for fine debris such as small leaves, pine needles and seeds, gutter guard won’t be very effective as these things will still get through.

How much debris is collecting in your gutters and how often do they require cleaning?

If you find that your gutters do not fill with debris and only require cleaning every one or two years then it probably isn’t worth having gutter guard installed. A general maintenance check and clean every year or so will suffice. However, if your gutters require cleaning every 3 or 4 months then gutter guard may help reduce the number of cleans required per year.

Dust and grime will still build up in your gutters!

Something a lot of people don’t realise is, even if the gutter guard is stopping a lot of the bulk debris from getting in the gutters, dirt and grime will still collect in them. This means that the gutters will still need to be cleaned every so often. If left for too long your gutters can become the perfect breeding ground for vermin and a great place for plants, grass and moss to grow. Cleaning gutters once gutter guard is fitted can be a difficult and time-consuming process as the gutter guard needs to either be removed completely or one edge needs to be unscrewed and lifted to gain access to the gutters. It then needs to be refitted once the clean is finished.

Debris will still build up on your roof and on top of the gutter guard.

Larger debris will still collect on your roof and on top of the gutter guard which will still need to be cleaned off regularly. If this debris is not cleaned off regularly then it may result in your roof becoming discoloured or rusted.

How does the cost of regular cleaning and gutter guard installation compare?

You also need to consider how the cost of installing gutter guard compares to the cost of having your gutters cleaned regularly, and how often you will need to have your gutters and roof cleaned after gutter guard is installed.

If you’d like any more information on the pros and cons of gutter guard and what to consider before having it installed feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and can provide you with a free quote. You can contact us on 0412 309 379 or email us at

Are you Ready for Bushfire Season?

Australia is one of the most fire-prone countries on earth and bushfires can cause widespread devastation. In the right conditions, a small fire can easily become a massive one if not quickly controlled. When weather, topography, vegetation and fuel combine to defeat the best efforts of firefighters, bushfires can cause millions of dollars in damage and claim lives.
With bushfire season on the horizon, experts are warning that people should begin preparing early and take steps to protect their home.

Residents who live in high-risk areas are being urged to take precautions and prepare by putting together a fire-survival plan and taking practical steps around the home.

Local fire services recommend that you have your gutters regularly cleaned to help protect your home and reduce the spread of fire. It is important to ensure that your gutters are free from any debris, as leaves can act as fuel for stray embers. 90% of homes caught in a bushfire are lost to “ember attack”, where spot fires are ignited by burning twigs, leaves or pieces of bark that are carried by the wind. These embers can land in a home’s guttering and ignite the property if the gutters have not been well-maintained. It is recommended that all homeowners in bushfire prone areas have their gutter professionally cleaned before it is too late.

Be proactive and get your home prepared today. Call the gutter cleaning specialists on 1300 654 253.