We just bought a home that is 12 years old. It's been well kept on the inside. The outside has some issues. I don't think the owners EVER cleaned the outside of the gutters. Atleast not on the back. I used bleach and I also used "the works" for hard water stains and mildew. With magic eracer, sponges, scrubbys in hand I scrubbed a 7 foot section for 2 hours. It's better, but still dingy. It was charcoal grey in some areas. The gutters are in great shape and they have gutter gaurds on them. Any tips, I would HATE to have to paint and make more work. We cleaned our gutters every spring and the sparkled. I'm posting on cleaning board as well. Thanks guys.
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"
We have white seamless aluminum gutters, and 4 years ago when we had the house painted, I cleaned the outsides. (now they could certainly use it again)
I used TSP in warm water, and any really stubborn areas I used Krud Kutter spray, (at least I think that was what it was called). The two worked quite well on the white exterior of the gutters and downs.
As much as they hate to admit it, the Magic Eraser is an abrasive and between that and your scrubby, you're probably creating some headaches for yourself in the long run. Nothing major but scratching the surface of the paint on the gutters creates lots of tiny places for future black gunk to gather.
I use an RV/Boat cleaner on mine. It comes in a bottle that you attach to the end of your garden hose. Spray it on and rinse it off. If you have a really bad situation you may have to use a cloth or sponge and do some scrubbing but it takes pretty much everything off.
Once you do get them clean (assuming these are Aluminum gutters) you can help yourself out and use a small buffer and some automotive paste wax on them. If you can get that done future clean up is a breeze.
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