Removing Roofing Stains

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 6, 2013)

It is pretty much in the nature of roofs to collect all kinds of things. Everything from Frisbees to footballs, to branches and leaves all seem to collect on the roof. While most of these things can be easy to clean off and to remove, there are a few things that aren't so easy to get rid of, and number one on that list of things is stains.

Removing roofing stains can be easier to do than you might think. Here are a few methods that will help you get rid of even the most stubborn roofing stains. While all of these methods are something that can be easily accomplished by even the most basic of do-it-yourselfers, caution should be used. Since you are going to be up on your roof, make sure that you are careful to keep your balance since the roof may be wet and slippery.

  • Scrubbing Bubbles. The classic, long standing favorite of bathroom and toilet bowl cleaners will also work on cleaning your roof. It can take several applications, but this method will work on removing the vast majority of any stains on your roof. Apply the product according to the directions, while using a thick nylon "tire" brush. After applying, rinse off using a regular garden hose.
  • OxiClean. A relatively new product out on the market, OxiClean works wonders on almost every type of stain under the sun. Apply the cleaning agent to the stained portions of the roof in the same manner that is described above. Once it is applied, scrub a little using a thick nylon "tire" brush and rinse off as normal.
  • Steam cleaner. The power of steam can remove just about every stain in existence. Most local home improvement stores have steam cleaners available for rent or purchase. The price to purchase can run as low as $40 or as high as $1,400. When you are looking for which one you want to get make sure that you get one which can easily be taken to the roof, and that you won't end up ruining any cleaner attachments designed for use on fabric.
  • Power washer. Similar to a steam cleaner, power washers (also known as pressure washers) clean items through sheer power of highly pressurized water. Often these kinds of washers also come with heating elements, which adds the strength of heat to the power of the pressurized water. These types of washers are usually pretty heavy, so when you rent one, you need to look for one of two things—either a hose that is long enough where you can leave the main element on the ground, or that is light enough that you can take onto the roof with you.

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