How to remove moss off roof: a step by step guide

Take care of the outside of your home with these handy tips on how to get rid of moss on your roof safely.

Updated 30 May 2022


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Key steps

  • Make sure you collect all your supplies together.

  • Always be careful when using a ladder and wear protective clothing.

  • Try washing off moss with a hose and long-handled brush.

  • Alternatively use a cleaning solution, vinegar, or detergent to kill off the moss.

  • Once dead, moss can be rinsed off.

Cleaning moss on your roof is an important way to keep your roof in top condition and your house looking smart. If you’re dealing with moss that’s hard to shift or you’re just not sure where to start, try this step-by-step guide on how to get rid of moss on the roof, including safety precautions and a list of all the equipment you’ll need.

If you’re wondering how to remove moss from your roof naturally, try vinegar or detergent. Spray on, leave for a couple of days, then brush off the moss.

Equipment needed for cleaning moss off your roof

Before we show you how to get moss off your roof there are a few supplies you will need.

  • Ladder

  • Gloves

  • Safety rope

  • Hose

  • Moss removal solution

  • Long handled brush

  • Spray bottle – the type you can attach to your back is safest

  • Safety glasses or goggles

  • Workwear/old clothes

  • Slip-resistant shoes

How to clean moss off your roof

To learn how to get rid of moss on the roof quickly with nothing but plain water with these 4 simple steps:

  1. 1

    Soak any areas affected by moss with water. The easiest way to do this is to use your hose.

  2. 2

    Work from the top down to rinse and scrub. This will ensure that the water runs down off the roof.

  3. 3

    Scrape away the moss with a long-handled brush. Always do this gently to ensure you don’t cause damage to your roof.

  4. 4

    Work on one small section at a time. This will help you to remove all the moss without damaging any of your roof tiles.

If you find that water and a long-handled brush isn’t quite enough to do the job then its time to crack out the cleaning solution and use these 4 steps instead:

  1. 1

    Put your cleaning solution into a spray bottle and spray all the moss. You can use specialised products or alternatively try undiluted vinegar or detergent.

  2. 2

    Once the moss has been sprayed, leave to soak. Follow manufacturer’s directions for specialised products. If using undiluted vinegar, leave it for 10 minutes. If using detergent, leave for a couple of days.

  3. 3

    Rinse off with water and use a brush to remove any lingering moss. Work slowly and carefully.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process as needed. Keep going until all moss is removed.

With our guide to cleaning moss from your roof you can be sure to have your roof clean and in good condition in no time. For more tips about moss removal, have a read of our guides to removing moss from your lawn and removing moss from your driveway.

Safety note:

Ensure you take care when using a ladder to climb to your roof. Don’t forget to wear proper safety clothes such as goggles and slip-resistant shoes when cleaning moss off your roof.

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