As soon as the rain stops and the sun pokes its eager yet elusive head through the gap in the clouds, it is time to get your patio in tip top shape. Your husband or wife might throw an impromptu BBQ or your friends might invite themselves over for a bit of back garden swingball, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having a scummy and dirty patio on show. Therefore, the sooner you get it shimmering and clean, the better.
So, here is our guide on how to clean your patio:
Step one: Declutter your patio
Before you start the cleaning process, you will want to ensure that your patio is completely clear of all clutter. You will want to remove all garden furniture as well as bikes, tools, broken plant pots and anything else that is sat on top.
Step two: De-weed
Weeds are a real pain when it comes to cleaning anything. Not only are they ugly, but they also get in the way and make the cleaning process that little bit more difficult. Whether you have small dirty weeds or larger bushes making their way through your patio they all have to go. You should scrape them out by their roots with a kitchen knife – this method is very simple, yet it is also very effective. If you decide to try and strim the weeds down, then you should be warned, this is only a short term fix and they will resurface afterwards. Another good way to get rid of the weeds is to use weed killer, however, you should always use it sparingly and on a day when the wind is very minimal as it can blow onto and kill other plants.
Step three: Get scrubbing or get a pressure washer
Once you have cleared the patio of all furniture and weeds it is time to get down the actual cleaning. If you don’t own a pressure washer then you will want to get down to it with a stiff broom and some lukewarm soapy water. If the dirt is more persistent and your patio hasn’t been cleaned for years, then there will most probably be plenty of algae present and you will need to use a patio cleaner, preferably an eco-friendly one.
When using a patio cleaner you will want to hose clean any excess dirt and apply the substance according to its instructions before gently scrubbing to remove stubborn dirt. You should then hose down your patio and give it a final sweep with a broom to finish off.
If you have a pressure washer then this process can be far easier and less painstaking. You will want to ensure that any electrical points are taped up and you will also want to make sure that any overhanging foliage is tied back with string. When using the pressure washer you should also ensure that you don’t go over the top. Excessive pressure can damage the paving and also lift up some mortar which will end up covering your patio in dirt.
After the cleaning is complete
Once you have cleaned your patio and it is looking spick and span, you will want to carry out some much needed maintenance. Inspect the slabs and replace any broken ones, this will prevent any future weeds from making their way through the cracks. Once you have your patio looking nice and clean you will want to make sure that the surrounding area is just as nice. You should always ensure that any windows looking out onto the patio are kept clean and that any flowerbeds are constantly watered.
So, there you have it, you now know exactly how to clean your patio and ensure that it is well maintained for years to come.
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