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A paved patio is an excellent addition to any garden and a perfect place to rest and relax in the warmer months with a sweet, refreshing drink in hand. However, a patio that’s never been cleaned can spoil the look of your green space and make your R&R far less pleasant. So, if you haven’t cleaned your paving slabs in ages, maybe it’s time.
But do you know how to clean paving slabs? Do you need a pressure washer? What if you don’t have one? Worry not! The experts at Fantastic Services have all the answers and are ready to share them with you!
So, if you:
Then keep reading, because this article is for you!
There are several ways to clean your patio, be it with or without a jet washer. In this post, we will go over exactly how to clean patio slabs, how to prepare and what tools and materials you need for each method.
Before you get down to business, you’ll need to prepare and clear the paved area. So, here is how to do just that!
If you don’t have a jet washer and don’t want to rent one, don’t worry! You can still make your patio sparkling clean! So, without further ado, here are three simple ways to clean paving slabs without a pressure washer.
Soapy water and some elbow grease can often be enough to make your patio shine again. This method is suitable for light cleaning and general maintenance. Just make sure to check the soap’s ingredients before you start cleaning. Try not to use acidic soap on concrete and avoid products containing limestone altogether.
So slip on your gloves, grab your tools and let’s get to it!
What you need: bucket, large hard-bristled brush, protective gloves, warm water, liquid or powdered soap
Mix the soap and warm water in a bucket until it foams up.
Before you start cleaning, test the mixture on a small spot to make sure it won’t damage the material.
To make cleaning more manageable, you can separate the space into smaller sections. Pour some of the soapy water onto the dirty spots.
Use a long-handled brush to make it easier for yourself. Keep brushing until all the dirt is dislodged and removed from your paving slabs.
Once you’re done, rinse the area with clean water to remove all the soap. A garden hose can come handy for this task.
And you’re done! If this method isn’t effective enough to deal with the heavy soiling on your patio, you can try a stronger solution.
If you decide to use bleach, you should take extra care, as the chemical can be dangerous. However, with the proper precautions taken, you can make your patio shine and get rid of weeds, too!
When using bleach, make sure no surrounding plants come in contact with the chemical, as any plant life will die otherwise. Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and check whether you can use bleach on the type of stone you have. Sodium hypochlorite is only suitable for natural paving slabs, as it will fade artificial stone over time.
What you need: protective gloves, large hard-bristled brush, warm water, bleach, watering can
If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to clean the patio slabs, you can move on to the next method.
Ah yes, white vinegar! The ultimate multifunctional cleaning ingredient. You can use it to clean pretty much anything around your home, and yes, that includes your paving slabs! It’s a great natural alternative to harsh chemicals. So, grab your supplies and let’s get to it!
What you need: bucket, protective gloves, large hard-bristled brush, warm water, white vinegar
Now enjoy the great results and your spotless patio!
If you own jet washing equipment, you’re in luck! You can clean your paving slabs with almost no effort at all! So, take out the machine and let’s begin!
What you need: Pressure washer, suitable detergent, water supply
Are you too busy to clean your patio slabs? Do you want the excellent results of a pressure washer, but don’t want to buy or rent one? Then, why not turn to the professionals? Fantastic Services offers an expert pressure washing service for your paving, decking and any areas that might need it! The specialists we work with will carefully and expertly power wash your patio and return its former glory!
Booking is easy! Just use our online booking form and choose a date and time that suits your needs!
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Did you find this article helpful? Is your patio now sparkling clean? Let us know in the comments below!
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