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Prep Your Home for Winter with Our Fall Cleaning Checklist

By Wet & Forget
Finish up your fall cleaning checklist by applying Wet & Forget to your deck.

Prepare your home for the chilly weather ahead with our fall cleaning checklist. Let Wet & Forget Outdoor work with fall’s wet weather to eliminate moss, mold, mildew, and algae on exterior surfaces.

Here are a few key places to check and prepare before winter comes rushing through.

Why you should clean your deck in the fall

Once leaves get wet, they’ll stick to the surface they landed on, which can cause mold and mildew growth because they trap in moisture on your deck. So, don’t skip cleaning your deck when going through your fall cleaning checklist!

Green algae is a major problem on decks. If tracked inside your house, it can stain carpeting and rugs. Additionally, green algae growing on your deck can create a slick surface that is dangerous to walk on.

Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End removes ugly deck stains caused by moss, lichen, algae, mold, and mildew. The product’s gentle spray-on formula works with Mother Nature to wipe out ugly deck stains over time.

How to clean your deck using the Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End:

  1. Sweep up leaves and debris before you begin.
  2. Attach the ‘FAN’ tip to the sprayer.
  3. Connect the bottle to your hose and turn on the faucet.
  4. Turn the black dial counterclockwise to the ‘ON’ setting.
  5. Simply spray stained areas with the product.
  6. Let surfaces dry for 4 to 5 hours. 
Cleaning your roof

When leaves fall and land on your roof, they can also become wet and trap in moisture. This makes it easy for moss, mildew, lichen, and other growths to take hold and grow.

Therefore, if you notice leaves stuck to your roof, roof cleaning may be required.

Over time, these growths will send out tiny roots that grow into your shingles, making them harder to remove. This can cause damage to your roof since it will eventually allow moisture to make its way through.

So, it’s important that you try and eliminate them as soon as you can. An easy way to get rid of ugly roof growths is by using Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End.

The bottle has a specially-designed nozzle that attaches directly to your garden hose. This way, you’ll be able to reach high-up and hard-to-reach areas on your house faster and easier!

Each bottle of Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End covers up to 2,000 square feet. Additionally, the product has an unlimited shelf life, so you can easily store the remaining product for your next application.

Have more than 2,000 sq. ft. to cover? Then be sure to purchase the Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End Refill. You’ll be on your way to cleaning your dirty roof– no scrubbing or rinsing required!

Be sure to add cleaning your gutters to your fall cleaning checklist

The importance of cleaning your gutters in the fall

When leaves start to fall, they may end up on your roof and eventually move into your gutters. Since gutters are in shaded areas, the outside of the gutter can easily become dirty, too.

Mildew streaks, moldy spots, even algae and moss can make your gutters an ugly mess. Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End’s nozzle sprays product up to 30 feet high, so you can easily treat your gutters.

Here’s how to clean your gutters with Wet & Forget Xtreme™ Reach Hose End:

  1. Connect the bottle of Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End to your hose.
  2. Attach the circular, ‘JET’ tip to the sprayer.
  3. Turn your water faucet on.
  4. Then thoroughly wet your plants with the ‘WATER’ setting to prevent product overspray from reaching them.
  5. When you’re ready to spray your gutters, turn the black dial counterclockwise until it reaches the ‘ON’ position. You won’t be able to turn the dial any further past this setting.
  6. Spray the product along the lower edge of the roof and on the outside of gutters and downspouts.
  7. When finished, turn the dial to ‘WATER’ to rinse away any overspray left on windows or foundation plants.
  8. Then turn the black dial to the ‘OFF’ position.
  9. Finally, remove the container from the garden hose, and you’re done!

Wet & Forget works over time with the rain and wind to gently eliminate growths. As a result, you’ll no longer have to scrub or power-wash your gutters!

Clean your siding in the fall

Due to your siding’s constant exposure to the elements, mold, mildew, and algae can easily accumulate. Algae streaks may occur on your siding if it is left untreated for an extended period of time. 

The application process is likewise to how you’d treat your roof and gutters.

Furthermore, when it comes to how long it takes to see results, green stains usually disappear in 2-3 weeks. Black stains, moss, or lichen usually disappear in 4+ weeks because they tend to be more stubborn.

An added bonus is that Wet & Forget properly cleans the surface, so you shouldn’t see regrowth for up to a year or even longer!

Notably, if you have eaves or an overhang, you may need to help boost the cleaning process, as these areas don’t see direct rainfall. You can assist the surface by rinsing the treated area with your garden hose 2 times a week, starting a week after your application, until it is stain and growth-free.

Get rid of spiders this fall with Miss Muffet's Revenge

Get Rid of Spiders this Fall

In addition to cleaning your siding, you may notice a few spiders or cobwebs here and there.

Be sure to add spider removal to your fall cleaning checklist. Inspect your exterior windows, windowsills, eaves, and other ‘hidden corners’ on vinyl siding for spiders and their webs.

Once the spiders and their hiding spots are discovered, get rid of the spiders with Miss Muffet’s Revenge.

The remote trigger sprayer sprays up to 10 feet to easily target unreachable areas. Simply spray the spider webs today and remove them tomorrow.

Freezing temperatures will be here before you know it! Winterize and protect your home with this essential fall cleaning checklist and Wet & Forget.

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