Best Way to Clean Your Gutters

From bird drops to autumn leaves, Calgary gutters often get filled with debris due to the intense climate, resulting in different structural issues. When this occurs, the whole building becomes a victim of the different damages that follow, and the only way to prevent this from happening is to invest in frequent gutter cleaning. 

However, the challenge with cleaning rain gutters is knowing the right way to get the job done, ensuring your safety and that nothing gets damaged during the process. There are other ways that you can clean gutters, and depending on the person you are, there are something’s you don’t mind getting dirty.

Here is the best to clean your gutters:

How to Clean Your Gutters

What you will need: 

  • A ladder
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tarpaulin
  • Gutter scoop
  • Garden hose
  • Gutter hanger.

Getting Started

The first step in cleaning your gutters is to get prepared by having the required tools ready for the job within your reach. This also includes preparing yourself for the task. 

Dress yourself up in a long-sleeved shirt, work pants, nose cover, and rubber gloves. This gear is necessary since gutter cleaning involves dirt. Follow this by placing the ladder on a strong surface to hold it firmly. 

Tools needed to clean and repair gutters

Start Cleaning

Climb the ladder to your gutter, but be careful as you head up, taking one step at a time. Once you reach the gutter, remove the grime with the plastic scoop. An unused kitchen spatula is also a suitable alternative, but must be plastic, so it doesn’t damage the gutter. Furthermore, you want to spread a tarp on the workspace to prevent the grime from falling unto your lawn.

A character of a man cleaning hiss gutters in fall

Flush the Gutter

Removing debris from your gutters should make them clean, but this is not enough. Gutters need flushing too, which is where you employ your garden hose. Flush down the gutters to thoroughly wash all dirt off the gutters.

A hose spouting water for eavestrough

Repair Damages

Once you have cleaned your gutters, check for any parts with damage. A sagging metal is what you can repair yourself using a gutter hanger. Interestingly, most gutter hangers are DIY, meaning you don’t need a professional to do the repair. 

That is all about cleaning your gutters.

Illustration of tools used to clean gutters


Cleaning your gutters can be daunting, especially if this is your first time. While it is worth the effort, it is equally important to do it with safety and care, ensuring you are safe and don’t damage your gutters and even roof. 

However, if you think gutter cleaning is not what you can do on your own, or you are facing issues doing it, it is best to invite a professional gutter cleaner over to do the job for you. While this will save you time, it also means it is done professionally. 

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