I make my natural foam
If it is a thing that systematically comes back at the beginning of spring, it is the greening of our outer surfaces by foams, lichens or mushrooms. something we'd be doing well, but it's inevitable out of winter. cesgreen depositsLoveHumidity and they develop in the less sunny places. a phenomenon all the more present if you live in a rainy region or if a part of your home or land is shaded.
What are the causes of foam appearance ?
We mentioned it, moisture is one, but it is not the only one. foams like to develop when the soil is of poor quality. Thus, other plants grow badly and foams, being more adaptable than most plants, settle to occupy the space left empty. foams are not the problem, they are the symptom.
When you see foam in your grass, roof, terrace, platform or alley, five factors may be involved:
1 - Very shaded location
2 - Very poor
3 - Ground
4 - Compacted soil
5 - Very acidic soil (one ph less than 5.5)
It is indeed often a combination of these factors that harm the growth of other plants so much that it lets the foams enter. Perhaps the soil is compacted and shady, or poor, debridled and acid. some of these factors are easy to check. one can see to the eye whether the location is shaded and if you weigh on the ground and the water springs, it is demolished. Try to push a mine pencil into the ground: if it’s hard, it’s too compacted. as to whether your soil is actually acid or poor, only a soil analysis will tell you.
A more than anything else: your roof
Beyond the aspect aesthetic aesthetic aesthetic aesthetic aesthetic aesthetic aesthetic, green depositsmay represent a risk to your home. on the front line: your roof. their presence on your tiles or slates compromises the impermeability of your roof and makes it susceptible to frost, weather and infiltration. your tiles become more and more porous, fragile and brittle. When the cold comes back, the tiles or slates with water crack and cause leaks. That is why it is necessary eliminate green deposits Your house without waiting. a well maintained roof is stronger, more waterproof and more aesthetic. A regular demossage allows you to extend the life of your roof and the health of your home.
When your terrace, aisle and dallages become green
The terrace or balcony remains an important place of life in a dwelling. used all year, to share a meal, play or simply go to her garden, she must be perfectly secure. or the mosses make the terraces and going slippery, because they are sore with water, preventing the latter from going well. the foam can also lodge between the plates and deteriorate them. Finally, beyond its aspects, it will give your outer surfaces an aspect that some consider inesthetic due to its greenish color (the tastes and colors:)).
Rather than using chemical algicides or fungicides, try mechanical solutions and natural products.
We have selected you 4 common products that, once added to them in warm water, will give very good results against the greening of your surfaces.
Citric acid:It is evidently found in lemons and other citrus. to produce in quantity and quality, researchers have developed an industrial process. the citric acid we use on a daily basis comes from the action of a mold (aspergilius niger) on a basis of saccharosis. it will have an effective drying action on foams.
Soda bicarbonate:Already used Egyptian time, the bicarbonate continues to amaze us every day. strength is to see that it offers countless possibilities of everyday use! combined with citric acid, it will complement the anti-mousse action. It is also effective alone on lichens by sprinkling directly on the surfaces. do not be surprised at the small effervescent chemical reaction when bicarbonate, citric acid and water are mixed. It's quite normal! this acid-basic reaction between the two ingredients. the reaction of an acid with the soda bicarbonate produces carbon dioxide, which is a gas and will therefore escape in the form of small bubbles, it is the bloom! the other products of this reaction are water molecules and sodium citrate.
Citric acid and soda bicarbonate should be mixed with a vegetable oil (we will choose thesunflower oil) and ofessential tea tree oil.
Vegetable oil will give an asphyxiating role. as to the essential oil of tea tree, its antifungal properties with broad spectrum will increase the anti-foam effect.
To promote the mixture, the trick is to make the preparation with warm water.
To make its natural foam, 100% efficient and cheaper, nothing simpler ! Let's go on a finished product of 5 liters. This will allow you to already cover a beautiful surface. you can multiply proportions if you want to treat more. In a bucket (heated water, it will promote the mixture), pour 300 grams of citric acid and then 75 grams of soda bicarbonate. a this, add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil. the final touch will be made by letting flow 7 drops of essential tea tree oil into the bucket. mix the whole and then transfer either in a small sprayer 3 to 5 litres or in a vaporizer 500 ml (according to the surfaces you want to reach).
Spray directly on the surfaces concerned by ensuring that they are well dry, it will work much better. This preparation will dry foams, lichens and mushrooms, ecologically and naturally in a few days. However be careful, like any anti-mousse, granite, marble or terracotta can be discolored under the action of the mixture. So you're warned !
Let the product act for at least 3 days. You will see that the foams on your roof, terrace, aisles etc. will fade. Finally, you clean with a brush broom and rinse with a jet of water.
When do you apply this mixture ?
The application of anti-mousse treatment can be done once to twice a year. in a country such as the france, the climate allows us not to need more household sessions (according to the regions). great comfort!before you start, whatever the season, watch the weather and make sure you do not suffer 2 to 3 of rain after your cleaning! This would eliminate the product and make your treatment completely obsolete! the ideal is to find a 2 to 3 day weather window without rain in front of you. Avoid periods of high heat. the product will tend to evaporate too quickly and will necessarily be less effective.
Ideally, clean and apply your foam product in spring. for your roof, you will be able to see any damage and aggression caused during the winter to repair any damage suffered. In addition, surfaces treated from the spring will allow to enjoy more clean spaces on the summer, which is aesthetically pleasing.
In the fall
The most logical is to wait for the trees to have lost all their leaves. Thus, before treatment is applied, you can clean all accumulated debris such as dead leaves, lichens, mosses, mushrooms, molds, etc. you will avoid that these green wastes will not settle and rotate on your surfaces, thus generating more foams before winter.
Attention to bleach
To get rid of the green deposits, whether on a roof, a terrace or a wall, it is recommended to use a solution like the one mentioned above or a specially adapted commercial product. but above all, avoid bleach or products by means of containment: although having an immediate visual effect, bleach damages the supports and makes them more porous and discoloring, accelerating the return of green deposits. So you will get the inverse effect of the one you want. The bleach is a very aggressive product. a this title, the bleach is effective to remove the foam. but not only. its chemical properties also lead to the death of all other surrounding plants, from grass to plants. The bleaching water pollutes soils and subsoils when it is absorbed by soil. Phreatical subsoil sheets can be impacted.
Other anti-mousse tips
1. eliminate foam manually
There is often a tendency to forget that good mechanical action is largely worth all products. it will just ask you a little... of elbow oil!! If the foams are thick and form clusters, you must start with mechanical cleaning. Remove the foam by rubbing the soil energically with a brush-brush or a hard-haired brush, or scratch using a spatula, beware not to damage the surface, especially if it is made of wood. In some cases, the use of a knife will also remove more difficult mosses and lichens. finish by sweeping the surface. In any case, the surface must be cleaned and dry before applying any anti-slip product, so this step of manual cleaning remains essential.
2. natural acidity of lemon
You may not know, but the lemon is excellent for maintaining its habitat, including for outdoor areas. its natural acidity, citric acid, allows to remove the foam without affecting materials and the environment. diluted with a little water, it can clean all types of surface: stone, wood, pvc, canvas... Let him act for a few days, then rinse and brush. During the break period, the foam becomes dry and disappears thanks to the lemon. you can make it easier to use citric acid directly. presented as a powder, the application is quite simple than pressing its lemons on its terrace. Reserve lemons for summer cocktails!!
3. soda bicarbonate, an effective solution against lichen
Bicarbonate is one of those products that could be called miraculous. That's why it's part of the recipe we're offering you higher. it could sometimes be used alone to defeat the worms. In a bucket, pour hot water and add soda bicarbonate, for 2 tablespoons per litre of water. apply to your terrace and allow for 30 minutes. then rub the broom and rinse with water. You will have eliminated the foam from your plates.
4. dish liquid and black soap to fight against foam
The method is to soak your broom-brush in a water bucket with a little dish liquid and black soap, and rub the surface. repeat the gesture wherever it is necessary. Leave half a day and then brush to remove the foams. Finally, rinse with warm water.
5. cooking water, an original anti-mousse solution
Pasta, rice, potatoes ... the cooking water of these foods being rich in starch, it will be precious as anti-mousse. Moreover, the heat of the cooking water increases the effect by boiling them. If you are a regular consumer, imagine the square meters that you will be able to treat in a totally ecological way! pour on green mousses from still hot water to cook potatoes, rice or pasta. The more water will be rich in starch, the more effective it will be. This solution is extremely simple, fast and effective and apply daily.
6. a few cartons or pieces of carpet
It's not what's more aesthetic, but this method proves this: in the absence of light, the verdies flare in a few days. To do this, cover the areas of the terrace or aisle that are invaded by the foam that you attach with several stones to prevent them from flying. this method obviously remains more complicated to implement on a roof... whatever !
7. Salt to fight foam on the terrace
Has only done to eliminate the moss in the distant aisles of the plantations. Dilue large salt in water, spray the solution and rinse quickly. Another anti-slip option: dig slightly to the root of the foam, fill the hole with large salts and rinse quickly.
8. essential basil oil to hunt lichen
Basil essential oil has weeding and fungicide properties. Pour a few drops into a water bucket, with liquid soap (black soap). spray the solution on the foam and let it work. Pass the brush. a good way to eliminate foam in the aisles.
9. use white vinegar to remove foam
Use it pure, sprayed directly to the root, or diluted half with hot water. the result is even more efficient in sunny weather. it will be perfect to eliminate the foam on the slabs of a terrace.
10. anti-mousse products
Intervene in dry weather. the anti-slip product is in liquid, gel or spray form. Choose one that suits your surface. prepare the surface first (free or rub to remove foam clusters). spray the anti-slip product by following the recommendations of use. to finish, but exceptionally, pass a high pressure cleaner, always more than 50 cm away from the wood.
11. impermeabilizing, a preventative solution against foam
Use a waterproofing product for outdoor floor, chosen according to the materials of your terrace (stone, wood). they protect from foam, but also from stains, acid rains, gel, and let natural materials breathe.