While solar panels are virtually maintenance-free, you still need to clean it from time to time. This will ensure that your panels are working at its best capacity. Here are the best ways to clean your solar panels at home or at your office or business establishment.
Before trying these hacks, you need to check with your solar panel manufacturer and distributor and ask if they have recommended cleaning methods.
- First, choose the right time to do the cleaning, says Solargridpanels.com.au. Solar panels can be really hot during the mid-morning and afternoon. You either clean them very early in the morning or late in the afternoon or wait until it’s relatively cool to start the maintenance.
- Dirt and dust can easily accumulate on your solar panels, even if they’re on the roof. A garden hose can do the job but for caked-on dirt, try to clean it with soapy water. Make sure you’re using clean water.
- Make sure you’re using a soft cloth or a sponge to clean caked-on grime. Do not use any abrasive commercial products to clean dirt and grime as they can damage the materials. Scratches can affect your solar panels.
- If you spot any oily stains, you can use isopropyl alcohol for spot cleaning.
- Make sure the wiring underneath the solar panels is not wet. There is also no need to clean this part.
The important thing to remember is that solar panels require almost no maintenance. This means that unless cleaning is needed; leave them alone to do their job. Unless dirt is clearly visible, there is no need to clean them as rainwater and the sunshine usually do the job for you.
This is why solar panels are a great investment. Purchase and installation are easier and they provide clean energy for up to 40 years.