Taking care of your patio

With summer on the way we hope you will be getting your garden furniture out of storage or purchasing brand new sets. But what’s the use of having brand spanking new sets looking all nice and stylish if your patio is a mess. So, let’s all give our patios a little spring clean.

Firstly, you will need to move plants, furniture and any other accessories off the patio. Sweep the surface to remove dirt and debris and pull up any weeds that have grown along the edges or between the cracks.

Then, for a slightly dirty patio, you can remove the dirt with a cleaner and a stiff brush. Use a solution of bleach, water and liquid dishwashing detergent and add to a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the surface and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing off with a stiff nylon-bristled brush.

Top Tip: Never use a metallic brush because it will leave metal bits on the concrete that will rust and stain the patio.

Finish by rinsing the patio with your hose, this will wash away any excess bleach and protect your plants.

For heavily stained or mildewed patios, it’s time to get the pressure washer out! Make sure you’re wearing protective eyewear and gloves and ALWAYS follow the instructions!

Top Tip: To protect your house’s exterior walls and doors from loose debris, that the pressure washer will knock up from the patio surface, cover the walls with plastic sheeting.

Once you have cleaned your patio, protect it from future stains by sealing it with a concrete sealer. Apply the sealer using a paintbrush, starting from the middle of the patio and rolling to the edges (don’t get yourself stuck in the middle by starting from the outside!)

Once the sealer dries, your sparkling clean patio will be ready to put your plants and furniture back on and ready for outdoor entertaining!

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