After a long term of indecision, you’ve finally put down gutter cleaning on your weekend calendar. Now, you must also prepare for the job at hand.
One way to go about it?
By arming yourself with the right tools!
Here are 7 tools our professionals recommend—must-haves in every gutter cleaner’s toolkit.
- A Pair of Gloves
If there’s one tool every professional and amateur gutter cleaner must use, it’s protective gloves. No matter what task or tool you’re taking on, you should always wear a pair of gloves. They will keep your hands safe from the sharp edges of the gutters and clean from the debris in them.
You can choose a standard pair of rubber or nitrile gloves or any work gloves you find. Make sure not to pick something too flimsy that branches and twigs can tear easily.
- A Multipurpose Gutter Cleaner
Going for a gutter scoop that only scoops dirt? Why not buy a gutter cleaner that has a scoop and a brush in one?
A gutter cleaner is a handy tool (literally) to scoop out or scrub all kinds of debris from the gutters.
We suggest you go for a plastic one to avoid scratching your gutter base accidentally.
- A Garden Hose
A garden hose is the best professional spraying tool. It can be used to loosen up the debris that’s stuck inside the gutter and also clear smaller particles.
Another reason we love this tool is, it can work with a range of nozzles and attachments to give you more functionality.
- A Sturdy Ladder
A good gutter cleaning job is one done well and safely. You can ensure both with a sturdy ladder as your support.
If you’re unsure what kind of ladder is best, go for a four-legged one. They are safe and give you a good balance.
Make sure to also check if the shelves on the ladder will support a bucket of debris.
- A Cleaning Wand
You may not realize it until you’re already cleaning your gutters, but a scoop isn’t very versatile. It doesn’t reach many areas that need to be cleaned.
Cleaning wands help you reach such places. With nozzles that rotate 360 degrees, they are designed to extend anywhere between 3 and 18 feet from your garden hose.
Make sure you buy a cleaning wand of the appropriate extension for your house.
- A Bucket
It takes little mismanagement to turn a gutter cleaning job into a yard cleaning task. You can avoid the latter easily by bringing a bucket to your job.
Bring a large enough bucket that will hold all the debris from your gutters.
- A Gutter Vacuum
A wet-dry vacuum might be one of the best investments you’d be making for your home.
It helps vacuum everything from your gutters once you’ve loosened up the debris. But that’s not the only benefit. A gutter vacuum also reduces the need for you to carry a bucket or clean up your yard afterward. It stores all the dirt neatly and out of your way in its large-capacity tank.
All said and done, cleaning your gutter by yourself is much harder than it sounds. If you’re not feeling up to the task, it is better to leave it to the professionals at Gutter-Vac.Visit our contact page to get started with a quote or book a service.