How to Remove Moss from Concrete – 6 Solutions and Tips
- Published: May 12/2021
- Last update: May 12/2021
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So, your concrete is covered in a green and scummy layer of moss. Or maybe your driveway is glowing with a fuzzy green covering all over it? We bet the first thing that comes into your mind is to scrape it all the way, so none of it will ever reappear. And it’s totally understandable. After all, it doesn’t only make your property look untidy, it also creates slippery conditions, posing a danger to you and people around you.
Worry not, we know several tips on how to remove moss from any concrete surface like exterior walls, driveways, and pathways, and will be more than happy to share them with you!
So, if you:
Then this post is right for you. Keep reading to find out more on how to remove moss from concrete.
Even though moss is often used for design purposes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should leave it as a designer solution in your outdoor space. We have gathered six different moss cleaning methods that will help you remove the unwanted greenery off your concrete surfaces.
Let us start with the most effective, and yet not very natural way of moss removal – chemical solutions. They can be purchased in any hardware store and come in different forms and application methods.
The benefit of these moss killers is that you can find a solution for almost any type of surface. Ready-to-use formulas make the application process easier. Some moss killers even have formulas that create protective layers on surfaces to prevent future outbreaks. However, some cleaners, especially iron sulfate ones, can leave spots on your concrete. When choosing one, you need to make sure that your preferred solution is stain-free.
Pressure washing is a very powerful method that will help you to get rid of moss. However, it requires equipment and certain skills. Depending on the surface, you might need to use different settings. With that in mind:
We highly recommend working in protective equipment, such as goggles, boots, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants! This way you will be protected from flying dirt and debris.
Also, never aim the nozzle at people. Jet washers are created with an intent to clean concrete surfaces, therefore, you can easily cause physical damage to a person.
Just like washing powder cuts through the grease and dirt in your clothes, it can eliminate moss on driveways or stone pavers. Believe it or not, powdered laundry detergent can be quite effective with killing moss on your driveway. All you need to do is:
If you don’t have time to waste on calculating the right day and hour, then simply mix ½ cup of washing powder in a bucket of water and apply it to the affected area. Allow the solution to work for several hours, and scrape it off, as we explained in Step 3.
For this method, you will need to purchase a bag of Soda Crystals (also known as “washing soda”), if you don’t already have one at home. We are all used to removing stains or softening water with it, but this versatile cleaning powder can be quite effective for moss removal, too. One thing that we absolutely love about this product is that it is fully biodegradable, meaning that it will not harm the environment in any way.
To remove moss with Soda Crystals, you should:
We think that this method doesn’t need a long explanation, as it speaks for itself. Simply boil some water in a large pot, and once it’s ready, pour it over the moss-affected area. However, this method might be a bit time consuming if the moss has spread a long way through the yard. You might need to make a couple rounds of boiling and pouring.
To save yourself some time, boil the water in several pots and ask your friends and family members to help you out. After giving the moss a hot shower, brush it off with a stiff brush.
You need to be extremely careful with boiling water, as there is a chance of getting your skin scalded! Use oven mittens to hold the pot. Also, don’t carry more water than you can lift to avoid accidents!
Vinegar is certainly one of the most available household alternatives to commercial cleaners. It’s cleaning properties are also quite effective for moss removal.
It is not a secret that moss likes damp conditions. In fact, mosses entirely depend on moisture to reproduce. If during the reproduction period the spores land on a dry area, they simply won’t grow.
So, the key to preventing moss from reappearing is reducing the moisture levels in the problematic areas. Moss cannot be fully treated, unless you eliminate the source of moisture. Here is what you need to do:
If moss had its own tier list, shady areas would have proudly taken their place in the S-tier. The availability of nutrients and lingering water allows the moss to grow happy and healthy. Which is exactly what we don’t want to happen in our garden.
Check your yard for the following:
Wet concrete surfaces, paved areas, or driveways that are constantly soaked by water are perfect spots for moss to form. To control moss in those areas, you need to check for the following:
Pressure washing is one of the fastest ways to clean the moss from concrete. No need to wait for days for a solution to work, simple access to water and a powerful jet washing machine can do the job. But what to do if you don’t have one? Worry not, Fantastic Services does!
Once you book the Pressure Washing service with us, the team of professionals we work with arrives at the spot fully equipped. Once everything is set and the access to water is provided, the service begins. Professional equipment allows the cleaners to thoroughly jet-wash the problematic areas of your outdoor space efficiently and effectively. Once the service is done, you can be sure that your concrete area will stay moss-free for a while. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Pressure Washer service online now!
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