Gutter Cleaning and Quilt Cleaning Basics
Gutters are essential for preventing water from entering your home. They must be clean of dirt and debris in order to operate effectively. Fortunately, there are a number of efficient cleaning methods available, some of which don’t even involve a ladder.
Gutter cleaning may be the most hated of all the necessary evils that make up a careful autumn maintenance schedule. Even though it is a laborious task, homeowners would be wise to complete it because clean gutters help prevent storm water from entering homes.
Gutter cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated or dangerous. We’ve compiled a list of the best techniques that can be used to remove leaves from gutters without clogging them or causing gutter damage. The most effective and safest approach to clean gutters is to employ a technique that you are familiar with.
The Importance of Clean Gutters
Gutters are essential for collecting rainwater from the roof and directing it away from the home’s foundation via downspouts. Without gutters, water that accumulates close to the foundation may cause leaks around windows, in a basement, or in a crawl space.
Gutters normally need relatively little maintenance to be in good working order, but if they are clogged with leaves, water may overflow the top of the gutter channel and fall to the ground below. Even worse, the melt-and-freeze cycles of winter may cause snow on the roof to melt and then freeze in the gutter, forming huge ice buildups that may break a gutter loose from the roof.
The safest approach to clean gutters isn’t while balancing on a steep ladder and trying to dig leaves out of a gutter. There are a number of gutter-cleaning gadgets that enable homeowners to remove the debris while standing securely on the ground.
If you must use a ladder to clean the gutters, avoid using a stepladder since it can topple over if you lose your balance. Use a strong extension ladder instead, and have a helper stand at the bottom to stabilize it.
Hire a gutter cleaning company to come out and clean the gutters on all residences with more than one story of height. These businesses are equipped to safely access high gutters.
How to Clean Gutters From the Ground
Cleaning gutters while standing on the ground works well and is by far the safest gutter cleaning option. It might take a bit longer than cleaning gutters from a ladder because you can’t see what you’re doing, so you need to go carefully and methodically. Both of the main techniques for cleaning gutters from the ground require a garden hose or a wet/dry shop vacuum, as well as a few useful attachments. For those who prefer to clean gutters while standing with their feet firmly on the ground, the two methods that follow are helpful.
Clearing Gutters by Hand
You’ll need a ladder, bucket, gutter scoop (or garden trowel), and heavy-duty work gloves to clean gutters by hand. Remove the leaves and other debris one piece at a time, putting it in the bucket as you go. Finally, run water through the gutters and downspout to make sure they are both operating properly. Advice: If you don’t have a power washer and your downspouts are clogged, consider using a tiny plumber’s snake to cut through the obstruction before rinsing with a hose.
Proper Way to Clean a Quilt
Regular washing of your linens is important, but there are specific guidelines to follow when it comes to delicate quilts. Most of our modern cleaning techniques can easily damage quilts, so it is ideal to hand wash them with detergents devoid of any dyes, bleach, or scents. Even though they can be washed in a washing machine, doing so can be dangerous, especially if the quilt is old or handcrafted.
Testing the Fabric Before Washing
It’s crucial to verify a quilt’s colorfastness before washing because quilts are comprised of many different materials and colors, especially if any particular areas contain vibrant, intensely saturated colors that could bleed. To achieve this, submerge a clean cotton cloth in hot water before applying it gently to a small, hidden section of the quilt. Avoid using a washing machine and think about employing a professional color catcher if the color bleeds or fades onto the cotton.
When washing modern quilts made of high-quality fabric, use cold water and the gentle cycle on the washing machine. Use a moderate, low-sudsing detergent. If the colors in your quilt are quite vivid, you might also include a color catcher. If the quilt is well-made, line dry it or tumble dry it on low.
If your quilt has been stored for a while and is dusty, hanging it on a clothesline or balcony on a sunny day might help.
If you have a quilt made of wool cloth, lay it outside right after a good, fresh snowfall (occasionally you’ll see these extremely ancient quilts made from recycled wool suits). Make sure the quilt is completely covered in snow by using a broom to brush it over. Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa after giving the quilt a few good “whacks.” Go back outside after you’ve finished your cocoa and sweep the snow off. Flip the quilt over and repeat. Finally, hang the quilt for 10 to 15 minutes on a rail or clothesline to allow any remaining snow to melt.
Try vacuuming it with the brush attachment on the lowest setting if it needs a little more care. Pull some pantyhose over the brush before vacuuming to be extra safe. You might wish to skip this step if your quilt is delicate or fraying.
If your quilt is more recent and has sturdy stitches, you can probably dry it on low; but, if it’s an older or antique quilt, it’s best to lay it flat or hang it over a clothesline or bathtub to dry.
When keeping your quilts, try to allow them some breathing area and never ever keep them in plastic bags for a long time!