Roof Moss Removal Techniques

Spring shows very clearly on pavements and terraces how rainy and wet the dark season was. Moss has covered the surroundings of the house with its green sheen. The green plant spreads via spores and is undemanding in terms of location and nutrient requirements. Pavement slabs and terraces can easily serve as a substrate.

Once the moss is there, it continues to spread and should be removed. Moss is not only a visual problem, wood and open-pored stone surfaces can be damaged by moss growth, and the surface also becomes slippery. There are various ways to remove moss. Basically, moss can be removed with a chemical agent, including household remedies, or mechanically.

Removing moss with household remedies
In the kitchen cupboard you can find remedies to remove moss in the garden area. There are many advantages to using them. The products can be bought in any supermarket, they are cheap to use and do not pollute the environment unnecessarily. The solution is applied to the moss-covered areas, the plant dies and can be removed.
Washing soda against moss
Washing soda consists of sodium carbonate and produces an alkaline solution when dissolved in water. When using it to remove moss, some preliminary work is necessary first. The area to be treated should be cleared of dirt and the moss worked on with a brush. Do not put detached moss on the compost, but dispose of it in the residual waste. Dissolve the washing soda in water, add approx. 20 g to 10 litres of water and apply to the area. The washing soda works slowly, five days is optimal, then the moss residues can be removed. The application should take place during a rain-free period. The application can be made on large areas, but also on hard-to-reach places.
Cola – The brown miracle against moss
The phosphoric acid contained in caffeine soda is the active ingredient for removing moss. Applied undiluted, it works effectively without attacking the joints or discolouring the substrate. However, its use is only recommended for small areas and thin layers of moss. Cola prevents rapid regrowth because the soda penetrates deep into the moss. However, the drink leaves a sticky surface and the sweet smell attracts animals such as ants.
Removing moss with the acid of vinegar
The acid in vinegar causes moss on pavements and patios to die. To do this, apply vinegar undiluted or make a 5-15% solution from vinegar essence. When applying, only the mossy areas should be treated. The vinegar solution should be left to work for about two days, after which the moss residues can be removed. The acid from the vinegar damages plant roots and can cause garden plants to die.
Citric acid against light moss
Citric acid is a weak acid, it is commercially available in powdered form and can be used dissolved in water. Areas with a light green coating can be treated efficiently with citric acid. To do this, apply the solution and work the area with a brush.

Removing moss with muscle power

Removing moss with muscle power

Total Time: 2 minutes

Indispensable in the garden – the joint brush

The joint brush is a narrow wire brush that is well suited to removing moss that grows in joints. The bristles penetrate deep into the gaps and remove not only moss but also other herbs. The brush is not suitable for use over large areas. Since the moss is only removed, the process must either be repeated regularly or a chemical agent must be applied to the joints after brushing. The brush also scrapes out sand and soil, so that the joints have to be refilled regularly. The same applies to the joint scraper. The garden tool is well suited for straight joints and also fits into very narrow gaps. The scraper removes moss deep down and prevents it from growing back quickly.

Removing moss with a brush and broom

Removing moss with a brush and broom

A hard brush or a broom with firm bristles is well suited for removing moss from joints and at the same time from larger areas. The method requires a lot of muscle power and stamina, but it is effective. Brushes that penetrate far enough into the joints to remove the moss completely clean with a lasting effect. Street brooms and brushes are usually available in every household, the application is inexpensive and the tool is multifunctional. It is more expensive to remove the moss with electric brushes. The rotating brush attachments are particularly effective on flat surfaces and are very environmentally friendly.

Removing moss with water power and pressure washer

Removing moss with water power and high pressure

A pressure washer is a universal tool for removing moss. It can be used on all surfaces and also cleans open-pored stone surfaces very thoroughly. Whether sensitive surfaces or moss growth that has had many years to grow, everything is cleaned with water only. Inaccessible areas, e.g. on steps, are easy to clean with the water jet. Removing moss regardless of the weather and with little muscle power is possible with a high-pressure cleaner. However, the purchase of a device is relatively expensive and sandy joints should be refilled after cleaning. On our homepage you will find an overview of the best pressure washers for every budget.

Heat up the moss with a gas burner

Using a gas burner against weeds is effective for many plants. Simply burning the moss is a good solution. The plant dies in an environmentally friendly way and gas burners are not expensive to buy. The substrate must be flame resistant and neighbouring plants must be protected when using this method of removing moss. Unfortunately, the heat stimulates the moss to grow more. Several repetitions are necessary until moss is completely removed.

Removing moss with commercially available special products

Removing moss with commercially available special products

Garden centres offer a range of products that promise effective and long-lasting moss removal. The products are usually effective against mosses, lichens and algae. Most cleaners work on the basis of copper sulphate. A solution of the cleaner is applied with a pressure sprayer and after the specified exposure time, the treated area is brushed off. Some products protect against new moss growth at the same time. The price range between products is wide. When removing moss, it is important that residues from the cleaner do not get into the soil, as the chemicals used are harmful to the environment. Products suitable for removing moss from lawns should not be applied to stones or wood. Unsightly discolouration may result.

Removing Moss from Wooden Terraces

Removing Moss from Wooden Terraces

The use of chemical agents should be avoided on wooden terraces. The use of acidic household remedies can also lead to staining or discolouration. Moss and algae do not damage the wood in the first place. If you want to maintain a special flair in your garden, you do not have to remove the moss. However, a mossy surface quickly becomes slippery. For the care of wooden surfaces, warm soapy water and a good brush are recommended. A high-pressure cleaner is also good for removing moss. A smooth surface is less susceptible to moss infestation, so preventive maintenance is the best protection.

To remove moss and to permanently free walkways and patios from moss, a combination of chemical application and mechanical removal is recommended. Once moss has been removed from joints, it is advisable to additionally apply a product that causes root residues to die off. Of course, dead moss plants should also be removed and disposed of.

Alfred Harper
Alfred Harper

Alfred Harper is a former consultant and product expert at a company producing cleaning equipment. He was working at this position for more than 10 years and has gained incredible experience and knowledge as he has tested almost all pressure washers brands and models and became an expert in this field. Now, he is writing reviews and how-to articles about pressure washers and makes a great contribution to the Pressure Washers company to help people to choose the best cleaning equipment for home use.

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