Cleaning your gutters is not the easiest of home maintenance chores, but it is a necessary one. There are several gutter cleaning tools on the market if you plan to clean guttering yourself, but they all have pros and cons depending on the frequency of gutter cleaning and the home you have to maintain.
Old school gutter cleaning tools
Most people with smaller, one storey homes use nothing more than a ladder, some thick gardening gloves and a hose to wash debris through and rinse the guttering. This is the minimum standard in gutter cleaning, and if you keep your home well maintained and have minimal debris blocking your gutters, this is a good choice.
Gutter cleaning wands
Head to any hardware store or depot, and you will find a wind range of gadgets which will apparently make your gutter cleaning more manageable. Quite often, though, they have drawbacks. They can have many parts to put together and be cumbersome and difficult to use when working at height. The pressure cleaning features tend to be weaker, and the hose connections not as tight. They can also hinder your line of vision, making it harder to locate blockages and knock on windows leaving both marks and smudges, not to mention the need for a window cleaner. However, some have long extender poles which means you can take your time and use the gutter cleaning tool while standing on the ground without a need for a ladder. Using such a long extension takes some time getting used to, but once you do, you may find this a good option.
A gutter cleaning scoop
Using a gutter cleaning scoop makes cleaning gutters quicker and easier than grabbing with your hands, most people who clean their gutters regularly have one of these useful tools which can also help to remove debris from tricky corners.
There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a gutter cleaning tool, but if you are short on time, not used to working safely at height on a ladder or have a large home, it’s worth calling in a professional gutter cleaner to do the job for you so you can get on with other jobs around the house!