Mastering Roof Cleaning: From Start to Finish


Mastering Roof Cleaning: From Start to Finish

Welcome back to Lean Mean Academy! Today, we’re diving deep into the process of roof cleaning. From preparation to execution, I’ll walk you through my entire approach, share drone footage for a bird’s-eye view, and provide tips on how to clean a roof efficiently and safely as a one-man operation. Stick around till the end for a comprehensive guide and a special recommendation for those looking to master soft washing.

Preparation and Setup

Before we start, let's discuss the initial setup:

  1. Assessing the Site: Upon arrival, I scope out the landscape quickly. For this job, the house has been stripped of shrubs, making it easier to work around.
  2. Equipment: I use a 32-foot ladder for this 4,000-5,000 sq. ft. house. Ensure your ladder is secure and properly positioned.
  3. Safety First: Always prioritize safety. If a roof is too steep or inaccessible, it’s better to refer the job to someone else.

Drone Footage Overview

Here's a look at the roof:

  • Roof Condition: The back part is relatively clean. The main areas needing attention are the north and left sides.
  • Access Points: I plan my approach, starting from the front and moving to the left side, using the patio as an access point.

Cleaning Process

Now, let's get into the cleaning:

  1. Initial Spray: I start with a hot SH mixture, ensuring a thorough initial application.
  2. Efficient Ladder Use: Moving ladders can be time-consuming and risky. I take my time to ensure each placement is safe and effective.
  3. Customer Interaction: Show homeowners the initial results to set expectations and reassure them about the quality of work.

Detailed Steps

  1. Front and Right Side: Begin spraying from the top down, ensuring even coverage.
  2. Left Side: Move around to the back, using safe access points. Apply SH mixture carefully to avoid excessive runoff.
  3. Precision Spraying: Use fan tips for close areas and a stream for distant spots. Adjust the mixture and flow to minimize waste and maximize effectiveness.

Key Considerations

  • Safety: Never compromise on safety. Decline jobs that pose too much risk.
  • Runoff Management: Use surfactants to control runoff and protect landscapes.
  • Customer Expectations: Be clear with homeowners about the cleaning process and expected results.


Roof cleaning can be a challenging but rewarding task. By following these steps and prioritizing safety, you can achieve excellent results efficiently. For those serious about perfecting their roof cleaning techniques, I highly recommend the SESW Softwash 101 Class. This course covers everything from chemical mixes to application methods, ensuring you’re well-equipped to handle any job.

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