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Patio Maintenance Tips: 7 Ways to Maintain Your Garden Paving

Patios are an essential part of most homeowners’ gardens. While it is an addition made to improve the overall look, they also serve as outdoor living areas that can be used for entertaining guests or just spending some time in the sun with your family.

Since patios are exposed to different weather elements, especially rain and direct sunlight, it is imperative to clean them from time to time. This way, the patio’s lifespan can be increased and your outdoor living area will always be safe for everyone.

If you think that cleaning a patio is a difficult task, you’ll be surprised by how easy it actually is. Cleaning a patio does not require too much effort on your part; all you need are the right tools and supplies.

If this is your first time cleaning a patio, here are 7 steps to perfect patio maintenance all year long.

How to Keep a Patio Clean

If you’re like most people, then after a long day at work, all you want to do is come home and relax. However, if your patio is in terrible shape, it could leave you feeling stressed out rather than relaxed. Luckily, with the proper care and attention, your patio can be a pristine oasis of comfort where you can spend quality time with friends and family.

Keeping your patio tidy and clean is not complicated or expensive; it simply requires a little attention to detail every day. In this article, we’ll go over the most effective ways you can keep your patio surface looking its best!

Brushing

A well-maintained patio is essential to achieve that outdoor entertaining dream. The key to this is making sure that your patio is clean and free of debris. It doesn’t matter whether you have porcelain pavers or Indian sandstone. A stiff-bristled brush is your best friend.

Brushing with a stiff brush every week will remove loose dirt and debris, discourage weeds from taking root and avoid stains.

Keeping your patio in a tip-top condition also prevents the build-up of mould, mildew and fungus that can damage your patio’s surface.

Cleaning with hot soapy water

If you want to make your patio cleaning process easier, grab a bucket and some hot water.

It might seem like a no-brainer, but regular cleaning with hot water and detergent is the best way to go. It’s really easy, only takes about 5 minutes and it gets the job done.

To start, you’ll need some good all-purpose cleaner or dish soap; add a bit of bleach if your patio is stained. You can find this at any grocery store. Next, you’ll want to find something to clean your patio or concrete pavers with. Did I mention a hard-bristled brush is your friend?

Now you’re ready to give it a good scrub; some stains like oil and rust may require a specialist cleaning product. If you’re wondering how to clean between patio slabs, just grab a strong wire brush, don’t scrub so hard that you remove the sand and leave them partially filled, though, as this will encourage weeds.

Here you’ll find our guide to removing rust stains from a patio here is the best oil removers we recommend.

Using a pressure washer.

A jet washer can be used on the stones to remove dirt and grime.

Pressure washers clean paving slabs using high-pressure water to blast off dirt, grime, and stains. The tips of the jet wash can attach to a garden hose at one end and have different types of nozzles at the nozzle on the other end that allows users to adjust the type of spray they want

A jet wash is excellent for cleaning a patio because the high-pressure water can blast off moss and mildew and any stains leftover from your last BBQ.

Weeding

Weeding is one of the most important aspects of keeping a patio or concrete paving looking pristine. When plants, such as grasses and weeds grow on your paving slabs, not only does it look messy, it can reduce the amount of light that reaches the surface, causing moss and algae to grow.

If you have slabs with pre-existing weeds or moss, use a brush on the paving slabs. Make sure you pay particular attention to the corners and sand-filled joints, as it is here that weeds are most likely to grow. After brushing away or pulling up the unwanted growth, go over each slab with a power washer.

Alternatively, you can use one of many weed killer products available on the market at your local home improvement store, which prevents weed growth. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions before applying any chemicals to your outdoor seating area, as some are more harmful than others.

Repairing Paving Slabs

If any of your slabs are cracked or wobbly, you may need to replace them; The good news is that we have guides on lifting paving slabs and relaying patio stones, which you may find helpful.

Getting rid of Stains

  • Algae – Apply a commercial fungicide designed to remove moss and algae, or you can use sodium hypochlorite, test on a small patch first to ensure it won’t cause a reaction on your slabs.
  • Food and beverage stains – Scrub the stain with soapy water and a stiff bristle brush before rinsing thoroughly with clean water. for tougher stains, you could add diluted bleach
  • Chewing gum – For best results, you could use an ice cube to freeze the gum before scraping off the paving
  • Oil stains – Soak up oil with sawdust to absorb the liquid, then clean the affected area thoroughly. For persistent stains, apply a proprietary cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Rust – If you are thinking of sprucing up your paving, you may be concerned with how to remove any rust stains from a paved surface, you could try homemade solutions like Coca Cola, but the results will be achieved with a commercial stain remover
  • Paint – The stained area should be scrubbed immediately with hot water and detergent. Don’t apply paint remover until the stain is at least one week old, as it can cause the stain to sink deeper into the stones.

Re-jointing

Check regularly to make sure your jointing material is still intact. Re-jointing your patio provides several benefits and is an integral part of your regular maintenance routine. After an extended period of wear and tear, the sand between the joints will have eroded or been washed away; this can cause problems and provide places for weeds to sprout.

First of all, remove any residue or loose jointing compound with a hammer and bolster chisel; you can then refill the joints with kiln-dried sand and then either use a jointing stabiliser that binds the sand particles together or a sealant.

Use a Sealant

Sealants can be also be used on your patio or driveway to improve the appearance and prevent weeds from taking hold. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the sealant is specifically developed for your surface, as there are different ones for block paving, cement etc.

Using a good quality sealant will ensure your paths and patios stay weed-free and your paved area looks its best for years to come.

Natural Stone Paving

Natural stone is highly porous and needs special care compared to other paving types. Many moss removers contain ferrous sulphate, which can discolour and stain the natural stone and any acid-based cleaners should also be avoided. If you can’t spruce up your Indian Sandstone or Limestone with warm soapy water, use an organic cleaner especially made for natural stone patios. This article is about cleaning sandstone paving and is helpful for any natural stone patio.

FAQ’s

How often should you clean your patio?

You should regularly brush your patio to keep it free of dirt and debris, then deep clean your paving, perhaps in the spring and again in autumn, where you can use moss killers or an acid-based cleaner to get rid of any stains.

Does Jeyes clean patios?

Yes, Jeyes Fluid is a good option for cleaning any paving surface; this chemical is value for money and will help keep your outdoor space clean and smelling fresh.

What to do about black spots?

Here is our guide on how to remove patio black spots and which product to choose.

Final Thoughts

For most homeowners, the patio is one of the many things that make their home complete. It’s a place where you can come and sit in peace to enjoy your surroundings and catch up with friends. Patio maintenance will ensure your investment lasts long and well into the future, so don’t cut any corners!

Patio maintenance can be done with regular sweeping and washing, or you could use a steam or pressure washer. However, power washing can damage your patio if you overdo it, so always use a low power setting.

Applying a sealant will prevent weeds from taking control and patio sealers also prevent stains, so they are well worth looking into

Whether you use specialist products or not a quick wash and brush up will keep your paving stones looking their best for years to come.