The Best Process For Cleaning Solar Panels

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The Best Process For Cleaning Solar Panels

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
  • Squeegee
  • 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.

Safety Precautions

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

Step 1

Shut down your solar panel system and all adjacent electrical components connected to it.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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!

Does cleaning solar panels really matter?

Yes, cleaning solar panels does matter.

Over time, the surface of your solar panels will collect dust and grime.  This dust and grime will actually reduce the efficiencies of your solar panels and the amount of electrical power they will produce.  This is why it is important to clean your solar panels.

But before you go up and try and do this yourself, there are some things to note.

  • Lots of water, on a roof, with no safety equipment is a disaster waiting to happen so don’t DIY
  • You shouldn’t use chemicals on solar panels as this can damage them
  • You need to look out for wires – especially if birds or critters have been ‘nibbling’ on them
  • Special brushes should be used to clean solar panels

It is always best to leave this to the professionals to do, but rain alone will not clean your solar panels.  A bit like rain on the windscreen of your car gets it wet, but it is the windscreen wipers that clean the window.

So yes, it does matter if you do or don’t get your solar panels cleaned, but it also matters on how they are cleaned.  #leaveittotheprofessionals

Our 5 step gutter cleaning process. Your guarantee – we will do what we promise.

  1. We Vacuum Everything
    At Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches we literally vacuum everything out of your gutters! That’s all the dust, sludge, dirt, mud, leaves and twigs. Then we take it with us when we leave – unless you’d like to use it in your compost bin.
  2. Downpipes
    We also clear the top end of your downpipes – down to the first bend where 95% of blockages occur. So next time there’s a heavy downpour, you can be confident your downpipes are clear and ready for work.
  3. Roof Valleys
    Next we do the roof valleys. They’re important as they are the most likely place for water to get into the ceiling. In heavy rain, leaves can become stuck in roof valleys. This has a damming affect which can lead to water entering your roof cavity. In older homes, roof valleys are usually made from galvanised steel which will rust if leaves and debris are allowed to collect on them. This will cause leaks. (You’ll know if your roof valleys aren’t working efficiently as you will see a stain on your ceiling.)
  4. No Mess
    Lastly, we commit to leaving no mess behind – which includes inside your roof cavity. (Operators who use blowers to clean the gutters blow leaves into the roof cavity where it dries out to become a potential fire hazard!)
  5. Report
    Finally, we’ll give you a Roof & Gutter Report. It will include before and after photos as well as a personalised Preventative Maintenance Program with every standard gutter cleaning service.

For further information call us on 1300 654 253 or visit our website

Did you know cleaning your solar panels once a year will increase their efficiency?

Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches offers solar panel cleaning as part of their service for residents located across the North Shore & Northern Beaches.

In case you’re not aware, solar panels only operate at maximum efficiency when they are free from dirt, grime, pollution and bird droppings. That’s why they need regular cleaning.

It’s the same with your gutters and downpipes. To maximise their efficiency at draining rainwater away from your roof, they need to be cleared of leaves, twigs, dust and sludge.

If you don’t maintain your gutters, the water will flow into your roof – potentially causing damage to your electricals, insulation and ceiling plaster.

If you have solar panels, we have an easy solution for you.

While we’re cleaning your gutters, roof and downpipes, we can clean your solar panels at the same time. That’s 2 ticks off your home maintenance “To Do” list. (It’s also much safer for you if you leave climbing onto your roof to professionals who have the right safety equipment.)

We always provide a price before we go ahead and we’ll show you before and after photos so you can see for yourself, the difference we’ve made.

If you like what you see, ask us about our Preventative Maintenance Program. It means cleaning your gutters and solar panels becomes a set and forget thing. All you need to do is take our annual call and confirm you would like us to visit. It’s too easy!

We service areas from Terrey Hills to Forestville, Palm Beach to Manly, Balgowlah to Killarney Heights and all the surrounding areas.

Call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches today for a free quote on 1300 654 253 and tick cleaning those solar panels and gutters off your “To Do” list!