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Tile rooftops are growing in popularity as homeowners seek out richly colored, attractive and long lasting materials for their homes. Most of the tiles are made from earthenware clay, which is porous and can withstand high temperatures. However, these tiles are prone to attracting dirt, which can detract from their appearance. Homeowners can use some of these safe products to clean their roofs or contact a local Stamford roofing service to do it for them.

To get regular dirt and dust off a tiled roof, a garden sprayer works best. This device allows homeowners to stand on the ground and use the hose's nozzle to do the cleaning. If there is a problem with algae on the tiles, the homeowner can add a small amount of chlorine bleach. Only a 1 percent concentration of this chemical should be used, which is about 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. When pouring bleach, people should wear rubber gloves and eye goggles, as skin contact may cause burns.

Oxygen bleach is a natural and safer alternative to chlorine bleaches. It comes in a powdered form and can be found in the home care section of most big box stores.

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It can be mixed into water and then added to the garden spraying unit. This product will not hurt the skin or harm the tiles. Property owners can clean their rooftops with this mixture about once per month to prevent mildew, moss and algae growth as well a to clean off the dirt.

A gentle detergent is a good solution for cleaning roofs that have been exposed to greasy substances or the sap from nearby trees. Dawn dish soap is a mild cleanser that can be added to water at the rate of about 1 tablespoon of soap per 1 gallon of water. This can be put into a garden sprayer also. If the garden spraying system previously held a bleach solution, it should be thoroughly rinsed before any soaps are added to it.

Homeowners who do not want to mix any concoctions of their own could purchase a commercially formulated cleaner. There are many formulations that are safe for use on tiles. The property owner should carefully read the manufacturer's instructions to make sure the product is safe for clay, as not all of them are. After the roof has been cleaned, the chemicals should be properly disposed of or stored in a locked cabinet, as they may be harmful if swallowed or spilled onto the skin.

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