Wondering how to clean your garden paving? We’ve put together this article to help you keep your patio in good condition.
With spring nearly here it’s time to turn your attention to the garden, especially to your patio. After all, nobody wants a grubby patio! If you’re wondering how to clean your garden paving, the answer is simple: Regular brushing, some basic maintenance, and a little TLC.
The following five tips will help keep your garden paving dirt free.
Regular brushing removes debris and dirt from the surface of your paving stones. Not only does this keep your garden looking clean and tidy, but more importantly it can help prevent weeds. Regular brushing helps to prevent new seeds germinating, but it will also break off any smaller weeds that have sprouted.
Weeds will take root and grow from time to time, especially if you haven’t had chance to brush your paving slabs regularly. If you do find yourself with weeds, it’s important to remove them as soon as possible in order to stop them from taking root in your paving joints.
How you remove the weeds, however, may depend on the scale of the problem. It may be possible to pull up the weeds, taking up as much of the root as possible. In more extreme cases, you may decide to use a weed killer. If you do, make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions fully, particularly if you have pets or children.
The simplest way to clean your paving involves simple brushing with soapy water. For the most part, you will not need special products for cleaning paving slabs: a mild, gentle soap such as dishwashing liquid and water will often work just fine.
Do remember to check the contents of your cleaning products first, as some ingredients can damage paving materials. For example, if you have concrete paving, cleaning products that contain acid are a bad idea and, regardless of material, soap that contains limestone or marble should be avoided.
Before scrubbing, remember to test your solution on a small area of your paving to ensure there is no damage, and remember to wear protective gloves to protect your hands. Once you have scrubbed your paving area, use clean water to rinse away the soap avoiding garden areas.
Many people today prefer to use a pressure washer, and who can blame them? Pressure washers can really remove the dirt. Be careful however, pressure washers can damage paving, especially concrete slabs, so remember to always try the pressure washer on a less visible corner first.
When using the pressure washer, set the nozzle so that the water is sprayed in a fan shape and not in a single jet. Remember to hold the lance at a 45-degree angle from the body and wash across your joints, rather than up and down them.
It is important to keep joints clean and clear and in good condition. Joints are one of the key areas that make up your paving; they hold everything in place to create a solid structure. Regular sweeping and removing weeds is essential but also remember to fill any gaps in joints, especially if they are filled with sand.
Regular cleaning of your paving area is a must. Not only will it ensure your patio looks good, but also maintain its condition and ensure it lasts as long as possible.