Even though the moss itself does not actually harm a roof, the moisture it traps can lead to mould growth that will eat away at the materials in it. The excess moisture and mould can deteriorate the roof and result in a costly repair bill. Fortunately, with the help Tide -- a popular washing powder -- you can remove the moss and restore the look of your home's roof.
Tide and Moss
Introduced to consumers in 1946, Tide quickly became a popular brand of washing powder and now has a variety of laundry products available for various needs. Moss is a nonflowering plant that is typically found growing on trees and rocks. When moss begins to grow on your roof, you should remove it as soon as possible to prevent serious damage to your home. The cleaning agent in Tide that helps get your clothing clean can help remove the moss -- as well as stains -- from your roof. Tide's now extensive line of detergent products designed to meet consumer needs includes washing powder with features including softener and Febreze to keep your clothing smelling fresh. However, when removing moss from your roof, opt for powdered or liquid Tide Free detergent that is dye- and perfume-free, or powdered Tide detergent with bleach.
Moss Remover Mixture
You can remove moss from your roof using a mixture created with a few common household items. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Pour 1/4 cup powdered Tide and 1/2 cup oxygen bleach into the water and mix thoroughly with a long-handled spoon. Alternatively, if you use Tide that already contains bleach you can eliminate the oxygen bleach in the cleaning mixture. Tide with bleach contains oxygen bleach, not the chlorine variety, and is safe to use on all types of roofs -- including asphalt -- and will not harm plants or animals.
Removing the Moss
Place a ladder against your home and ask a friend or family member to hold the ladder steady while you climb up. Once you have reached the roof, use a water hose to push the moss off the roof. Removing the moss with the water pressure will make cleaning the roof easier. Dip a long-handled brush into the Tide mixture and begin scrubbing the roof. Start at the opposite end and scrub the roof while working backward to where you have the ladder or other means to get off the roof. When cleaning the roof, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and stay away from the edge of the roof. After thoroughly scrubbing the roof, let the Tide mixture sit for 15 minutes before rinsing the roof clean with a water hose.
Since the moss is located on top of the house, you will need to gain access to the roof. This can be a dangerous task if you do not take the necessary safety precautions. Wearing a pair of shoes that feature good traction will help prevent you from slipping when walking on the roof. Furthermore, have a family member or friend stay near the outside of the home for your safety and to help you climb onto and off the roof.