How to look after your patio and paving

There are varieties of substances that can make your patio and driveway look unkempt and unpleasant. When the time comes, you’ll have to clean it so as to restore it to the beautiful condition it was initially in.
In this article, we will show you the best way to clean your patio and also explain to you the best ways to maintain it.

Benefits of Reviving Your Patio and Paving

1. It enhances the appearance of your garden or drive

When you rejuvenate your patio, it becomes more appealing and aesthetically presenting. Not to you alone, but others who may be walking on it.

2. Long life assurance

When you clean your patio and paving regularly, you prevent it from quick damage. In fact, if you maintain regular maintenance on your patio, you’ll likely never have to replace it due to damage from the elements.

3. It stops the growth of weeds and algae

Algae and weeds are powerful agents that can damage your patio in no time, but regular cleaning will help keep them at bay.

4. No more Slipping

Moisture and bacteria can cause moss and algae build ups, making your garden look unkempt and too slippery when stepped upon. Cleaning off the moss earlier will help to prevent accidents and you or your family from hurting themselves.

When Should I Clean My Patio?

The longer you neglect the dirt and grime on your paving, the harder it is to remove it. If you want your paving and patios to last longer, you should be cleaning them regularly. There’s no right or wrong time to pressure wash your patio but we recommend a deep clean in spring. The weathers starting to pick up and we’re getting into the period where it will see regular use.
Sometimes weeds will find their way in between the slabs and in unexpected areas, a regular clean will help keep them at bay. If you do have weeds coming through these should be pulled out and a stiff wire brush should be used between the paving stones. You can get off the shelf weed killers for use on your patio and driveway which can help tackle weeds and prevent them from returning from between £5 and £20. These are best applied in the spring and summer periods.

How To Clean A Patio Effectively?

What you need

– Warm water
– Vinegar (Optional)
– Patio and driveway cleaners (Optional)
– Washing-up liquid
– Bucket
– Hard bristle brush
– Weeding brush, weedkiller
– Pressure washer or hosepipe

Instruction

1. Clear the area by taking away any plant pots or furniture so that they don’t get damaged. If there are unmovable items, you can protect them by covering with plastic or tarpaulin sheet.

2. Sweep the area and get rid of any dirt or weeds. Make use of a stiff garden brush and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

3. Warm and soapy water should do the trick but vinegar can be used to tackle the more mouldy and muddy patios. If you opt to use vinegar, preferably white distilled vinegar, to make a cleaning solution you should combine around 500ml per bucket of water used but feel free to increase the amount of vinegar for particularly dirty paving’s. For a stronger cleaning solution chemicals can be bought from almost all good DIY stores. These are obviously the less environmentally friendly option but can occasionally be necessary.

4. Pour the chosen cleaning solution on your patio and make sure it covers the entire surface. Allow it to soak in for about 20 minutes.

5. Scrub clean with a stiff garden brush. After applying the vinegar water, soap or cleaning chemicals, it will have loosened up more dirt and grime, so pick up a brush and scrub your patio with a sturdy brush ensuring you clean any cracks between the slabs.

6. Rinse with clean water making sure there are no areas of dirty water sitting on your patio waiting to settle and then leave to dry.

7. Apply weed killer. This should preferably be done in the spring or summer for the best results. Ensure you follow the instructions and purchase a safe weed killer which degrades into the soil so that its child and pet-friendly once dried.

8. Enjoy your clean patio in the sun!

How To Clean A Patio With A Pressure Washer

Most of the steps are the same whether you have a pressure washer or not. Most good pressure washers won’t require any assistance. The high-pressure forces the stubborn moss and dirt off your patio. However, you should be precautious when using high settings not to damage the paving or unintentionally remove the joining material.

Maintaining Your Patio

For your patio to last longer, regular maintenance is very important. So, how do you maintain your patio? Follow these easy-to-follow guides:

1. By Brushing

When you brush your patio regularly, it will help remove any debris and dirt on the surface and by doing so it will prevent any seeds from germinating. Brushing regularly will also prevent any small weed or moss from growing any further.

2. By Weeding

At some point, weeds will inevitably grow around your patio. Therefore, set aside a time to pull up as many weeds and roots as possible. You should make use of weed killers to help prevent future growth. The most recommended weed killers are contact or systemic killers.
Contact weed killer is fast-acting and will kill virtually anything it is sprayed on to while systemic weed killers are a bit slower-acting but they will work through the entire plant and deep into the root.
Before using any weed killer, please make sure read you the manufacturer’s instructions in regards to how to use them effectively, when they should be used, and where to administer your weed killer.

3. By Cleaning and Power Washing

You can maintain your patio using certain floor cleaners, but be careful when using acidic cleaners as these can react and damage some surfaces depending what your paving’s stones are made of.
Soap and vinegar are household alternatives to the chemical cleaners that can be bought off the shelf. But for stubborn dirt and grime, you may need to use something stronger. Common chemicals used in patio and paved driveway cleaners include:
Muriatic acid
Hydrochloric or Phosphoric acids
Citric Acid
Oxalic Acid
Bleach
Sodium Hypochlorite
Sodium Hydroxide
Ammonia
Hydrogen peroxide
Potassium Hydroxide

Pro tips for cleaning the patio

Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands anytime you are handling caustic substances, like acid or weedkiller.
Once you begin the cleaning and weeding process, Keep children and pets indoors.
Avoid mixing cleaning products together as it can cause a dangerous chemical reaction.

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