It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and everywhere you look you’re seeing green: green shirts, shamrock decorations, green menu items at local restaurants; you may have even imbibed a little green beer over the weekend. Here in Chicago, we love St. Patrick’s Day so much that we even dye the river green. But there are some places where seeing green will have you seeing red. When your roof, deck, patio, or the walls of your home turn green, it’s nothing to laugh about. If you’re seeing green where it doesn’t belong, pick up some Wet & Forget Outdoor! Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out the green with no scrubbing, bleaching, or pressure washing needed, so you’ll be seeing green on your shamrocks and not on your siding. Read on to learn about the big 2 causes of green staining, and how to wipe it out with Wet & Forget Outdoor.
Green Algae: an Ugly, Slippery Mess
Algae is a simple plant that grows where there is moisture. Green algae thrives in partial shade, such as the north side of your house or shaded sections of your roof. Black algae grows in sunny zones, such as your sidewalk or un-shaded roof, where it creates black streaks and splotches.
If a partially-shaded outdoor surface such as your deck or siding develops a smooth green coating, it’s probably green algae. Algae is a real eyesore and can totally overwhelm an area, as homeowner Jeff H. found out –that’s Jeff’s house in the photo at the top of this article. Algae can also make surfaces very slippery and dangerous to walk on.
If algae has invaded your deck, driveway or other outdoor surface, annihilate it with Wet & Forget Outdoor. Wet & Forget works with the wind and rain to remove algae over time with no scrubbing, bleaching or power washing needed. Wet & Forget’s gentle, non-caustic formula won’t corrode surfaces or kill your lawn like bleach and other harsh chemicals can, and won’t damage your siding or shingles like power washing sometimes can. Better yet, Wet & Forget Outdoor keeps right on working even after the algae is gone, and keeps it away for a year or more in most cases, while bleach and power washing allow the algae to start re-growing almost from the moment you finish cleaning. Check out the simple instructions below, and say goodbye to algae stains!
Moss: Stubborn, Hardy and Destructive
Moss is a green, carpet-like simple plant that grows anywhere outside where there’s a little sunlight and plenty of moisture. It can grow to cover large areas and leave your roof, deck or other areas looking pretty gross (see photo above).
The problem with moss is far more than cosmetic, though. Moss has root-like structures that attach to surfaces and can cause permanent etching on certain finishes, and cause asphalt shingles to shed their protective granules. Moss also likes to grow in cracks, which means that it can grow under and around shingles and cause them to lift away and leave your home open to water damage, and cause driveway or sidewalk cracks to widen and start to crumble. If your home has a moss problem, put a stop to it before the moss has the chance to do permanent damage and leave your budget bruised!
Wet & Forget Outdoor makes getting rid of moss a cinch. No more making a muddy mess and risking damage to your home with a pressure washer, and no more corroding your down spouts with bleach. Just spray and walk away, and Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle formula wipes out moss and keeps it away for a year or more in most cases. Problem solved!
Wipe out the Green with Wet & Forget Outdoor!
Wondering how to kill algae and moss? You’ve come to the right place. To get rid of algae and moss and keep them away for a year or more in most cases, simply:
- To apply the Wet & Forget Concentrate to a sidewalk or around the edge of landscaping, mix 1 part Wet & Forget Outdoor with 5 parts water in a pump-up-style garden sprayer. To apply the Wet & Forget Hose End, connect the product to your garden hose and attach the hose end tip of your liking to the sprayer.
- Spray the affected area with the diluted Wet & Forget when the surface is dry and the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit for the Wet & Forget Concentrate, above 55 degrees Fahrenheit for the Wet & Forget Hose End. Be sure to saturate moss thoroughly to allow the solution to penetrate the moss’s root-like structures.
- Allow 4 to 5 hours’ drying time before the threat of rain.
- Relax, and let Wet & Forget Outdoor do the work for you!
- Re-treat once a year, or at the first sign of re-growth.