How To Clean Your Gutters With An Air Compressor

22 October 2014
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Did you know that you can use your air compressor to clean your gutters? Well, you can. In fact, the entire process is fairly simple.

What You'll Need:

  • Air compressor
  • Clean or new compressed air filter
  • Blow-gun air compressor attachment
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Tarps
  • Ladder
  • A friend


  1. Check your owner's manual to learn how to access the compressed air filter, such as from Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc., on your air compressor to make sure that it's clean. If needed, replace the compressed air filter, following the instructions in your owner's manual. The compressed air filter protects your air compressor from dirt, dust, and other debris that can cause damage. Because cleaning your gutters is a dirty job, it's important to make sure the compressed air filter is working properly before you begin.
  2. Attach the blow-gun air compressor attachment to the end of your air compressor hose.
  3. Put on your safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself from flying debris. Be prepared—it will fly everywhere.
  4. Lay tarps on the ground underneath your gutters. Make sure that the tarps cover the ground underneath your gutters lengthwise and jut out from your house at least two feet. This way, the debris will land on the tarps, making cleanup easy.
  5. Set up the ladder at one corner of your house so that you can work your way along the gutter.
  6. Have your friend hold the ladder steady, and climb up the ladder until you're standing high enough to see inside the gutters.
  7. Point the blow-gun attachment at the debris resting inside your gutters and press the trigger to shoot it with a blast of air. Repeat the process, moving the ladder as needed, until your gutters are completely clean.
  8. Shoot a steady stream of air into each downspout to dislodge any clogged debris. While you're pushing air into the downspout, pay attention to the exit point on the ground. When you see debris flying out of the downspout, or you see the grass moving slightly with each blast of air, you'll know that the downspout is clear of debris.
  9. After the gutters and downspouts are clean, survey the area. Sweep any debris that didn't land on the tarps onto the tarps. Then, pick up the tarps to dispose of the debris.

While you still need to climb a ladder to get up to the gutters, using your air compressor to complete the task makes it easier and gets the job done a lot faster.