Your solar panels must be spick and span to continue functioning efficiently for years. Regular cleaning and maintenance sessions will ensure they remain in good shape and provide all your energy needs.
Solar panels are high-functioning devices that can easily get damaged if one doesn’t follow the correct cleaning procedures.
Whether you’re calling a commercial cleaner or doing a DIY job, here is the best process to follow when cleaning solar panels:
Solar Panel Equipment and Tools
The first step involves preparing all the right tools and equipment needed for an efficient cleaning job. Preparing these ahead of time will ensure a smooth and hassle-free process.
Here are the tools you need:
- Cleaning solution (no harsh chemicals)
- Clean water
- Water hose
- Cleaning brush with soft bristles
- Hose nozzle
Using the right cleaning solution, soft brushes, and clean water is crucial. Any other equipment may lead to irreparable damage to your solar panels.
While some cleaning can be done from the ground, you will need to go where the panels are installed to complete the job.
Take all necessary safety precautions if you have to step on your roof. Assess the safety risks and determine whether you can do such a job yourself. If not, call in professional cleaners—they will clean your solar panels efficiently and safely, and you can rest assured that no damage will be done to your roof and installations.
Solar Panel Cleaning
Shut down your solar panel system and all adjacent electrical components connected to it.
Using a soft brush or cloth, carefully remove loose debris. You can use an extendable brush if working from the ground or a distance away.
Wash away the dirt and loosen stubborn grime using a low-pressure garden hose with a nozzle.
For grime that won’t come off, try scrubbing with a cleaning solution and soft brush or microfibre cloth. The cleaning solution must be mild, non-abrasive, and non-caustic.
Once again, use water to rinse off the dirt. Then, take a squeegee and wipe off all the water from the solar panels.
Repeat this thorough cleaning process every six months.
Gutter-Vac to the Rescue
Cleaning your solar panels yourself might save some money upfront, but you are putting your pricey installations. Plus, it is a lot of work when you consider all the preparation and care you need to take.
Why not give these high-functioning power sources the care they deserve and call a professional instead?
Gutter-Vac can help keep your solar power running strong by ensuring your solar panels are always ready to absorb all available sunlight. Give us a call to book an appointment today!