Patios have multiple benefits. They make your outdoor space look aesthetic and provide several utilities. You can enjoy a cup of coffee when the weather is nice. You can sit down with friends and family for chit-chat. You can throw parties and enjoy food. However, patios can get dirty with time because of dust and debris. The slabs and the grout between them can get stuffed with dirt particles. Follow our simple guide to clean your patio slabs and make them look new again.
Patio cleaning is a simple task you can perform using household tools and supplies.
- Liquid Soap or bleach
- Pressure washer (or a bucket full of water)
- A foam cannon attachment is also known as a pressure washer former
- A brush with stiff bristles
- Water supply
If you have a pressure washer, you have the best tool for washing many things from your car to your patio. The immense pressure allows you to quickly eliminate even the toughest of deposits and clean grout without much effort. A foam cannon attachment can be used with the pressure washer to impart a fine layer of soapy foam over the patio slabs for effective cleaning. However, you can still clean your patio using a hose pipe or a bucket if you do not have these things.
Before you start washing your patio slabs, you must remove all the weeds that may have taken root in the space between the slabs. If the weed growth is not extensive, you can manually remove them and try pulling them out with the root. However, you may use a weed killer if you have a severe weed problem. The weed killer will also ensure that your patio stays weed free for a considerable time. When using a weed killer, please read the instructions carefully and ensure that pets and children stay away from the application area.
You have many options when selecting the type of soap for cleaning your patio. There is no harm in using powdered or liquid detergents. You can also use a car washing shampoo. If you use a pressure washer with a foam cannon, we recommend using shampoo, as it will create an acceptable foam layer over your patio and penetrate hard-to-reach voids. Mix the shampoo as per the instructions and load up the foam cannon. If you are using a bucket, mix a liquid detergent with water inside the bucket. Avoid any acidic cleaning supplies or strong cleaners which can damage or discolor your patio surface.
The application will be pretty simple if you use a pressure washer with a foam cannon. Turn on your pressure washer after you have attached the cannon and blast all the dirt away. Apply thoroughly to make a uniform layer. Let it sit for a few minutes before you start brushing. If you use the bucket method, take a clean rag, soak it in soapy water and rub it all over your patio.
Whether you use a pressure washer or the bucket method, it is time for some hard work after applying the soapy layer. Use a hard bristled brush (not too stiff that it scrapes your patio surface) with a long handle to make it convenient. Scrub your entire patio, including the slabs and the grout between them. Remove all the scum and grime from the surface. Keep scrubbing till you can see the actual colour of your patio slabs.
When you have scrubbed enough and are convinced that it can’t get any better than this, it’s time for some rinsing. Remove the foam cannon from your pressure washer. Connect your pressure washer with a water source and blast away all the scum. The pressure washer does an incredible job of effectively cleaning your patio. You can control the water’s speed and the way it exits from the pressure washer. You can rotate the nozzle to change the pressure. Ensure you don’t use an up-and-down movement when using the pressure washer. Instead, brush it away from your feet to an appropriate distance starting from one end of the patio.
You can use your hose pipe if you do not have a pressure washer. Ensure it is connected to a high-pressure water supply, and thoroughly rinse your patio. If you do not also have a hose pipe, you will have to use your bucket to rinse your patio. Regardless of which tool you are using, make sure to properly clean the grout or the space between your slabs because that is the place where most of the dirt accumulates.
Patio Cleaning Using Bleach
You can also use a commercial bleaching agent for cleaning your patios. Bleaching agents can perform a deep cleaning of your patios and give an even neater and cleaner look than soap. Bleaching agents will also kill weeds, algae, and moss. It will also prevent their regrowth for months. However, you need to be extra careful when using bleach. You must ensure that you wear proper gear while using bleach, gloves, and shoes. Ensure you are covered to avoid skin contact with the bleaching agent. You also have to ensure that you do not use an excess volume. Otherwise, it will overflow and damage your plants. You also have to remember that bleach is not compatible with every paving material. It can quickly discolor artificial paving materials such as concrete slabs. However, natural stones will be unaffected by bleach.
Although bleach has a standard mixing procedure, we recommend reading the manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, five parts of water are added to one part of bleach. Use a watering can to mix them both. It will be easier to pour the mixture over your slabs compared to using a bucket.
Use the watering can to pour the mixture over your slabs and make a uniform layer.
Make sure you are wearing the proper gear. Start brushing. A white foam will form all over. Let it cure for 15 minutes.
If you use bleach, we recommend not using the pressure washer as the mixture may run off to your plants and damage them. You can control the water flow in your pressure washer. Just make sure it’s not too much. You can also use a hose pipe with moderate water flow and thoroughly rinse off the bleach mixture. Repeat the rinsing to make sure.
Cleaning your patio periodically can keep your patio looking fresh and new. A patio covered in scum, dust, and grime will affect the beauty of your garden. Cleaning will also ensure that your patio slabs have a long life span. Dust and particles stuck in the grout can create an unhealthy environment for people, and cleaning can ensure their elimination and minimize their build-up with time. With our guide above, you can clean your patio slabs effectively and keep them in immaculate condition.