Your patio needs regular maintenance to keep it spectacular. You can easily keep dirt and debris away from the surface, but more stubborn stains accumulate over time if you don’t conduct a thorough cleaning exercise.
If your patio is exposed to water, fungi, algae, moss and lichen are likely to develop. These slowly mask and stain the patio surface.
Luckily, you can successfully remove dirt that settles on your patio in several ways.
Cleaning patios using soap water
This method is suitable for delicate surfaces that have light staining. The following items are essential during the process.
- Warm water in a bucket
- A brush with hard bristles
- Heavy duty broom
- Hose pipe
The traditional soapy water and brush combo can effectively clean light stains on your patio. Begin by sweeping and decluttering the patio till you feel satisfied that the surface is clear. Mix a cup of soap or washing up liquid with your bucket of warm water. Pour this mixture on the affected areas and get to scrubbing.
A stiff-bristled brush will deeply clean the stubborn areas in no time. Once the affected areas are clean, rinse the soapy and dirty water with a hose.
Let the patio sit for the entire night then assess it the following day. You can make use of bleach to clean extremely stubborn stains that can’t be removed by soapy water. However, be careful not to use it on areas close to plants.
Cleaning patios using vinegar
This method is suitable for removing persistent stains. You will need the following items for effective cleaning.
- White vinegar
- Garden broom
- Weeding tool
- Watering can
- Water in a bucket
The cleaning process
The white vinegar process is one of the most eco-friendly methods of cleaning your patio.
Remove clutter and sweep the patio area in preparation of cleaning. Transfer any potted plants, ornaments and furniture to a separate area to prevent interference by vinegar water.
Remove weeds using a weeding tool.
Mix equal portions of vinegar and water, and if the patio is very dirty, increase the amount of vinegar. Transfer the mixture into your watering can then distribute the liquid on the paved area.
Cover the entire surface evenly then leave it for around 20 minutes. During this time, grime and dirt separates from the surface, making it easy to remove using a brush. If there are cracks in the surface, pour a generous amount of the solution for a thorough clean up. Any weeds growing in the cracks will be effectively dehydrated.
Once you are done with the area, mop it using clean water. At this point, the vinegar solution has successfully lifted and removed stubborn stains and killed any weeds.
A strong smell may arise during the cleaning process. However, you need not worry about it. Once you have thoroughly mopped up the vinegar/water solution, any remaining odor will be eliminated.
If you relocated any plants, ornaments or furniture earlier, move it back to the patio once you are sure that the surface has dried up completely. Find out more about patio cleaning by following this link