If you're lucky enough to have a patio, you'll appreciate how great it is to have an outdoor space to relax in during the warmer months. You can enjoy barbecues and parties, chill out with friends, or soak up the sun with a cool drink in your hand.
However, patios need regular maintenance if they're to continue looking their best, and patio cleaning should be carried out fairly frequently.
You can keep on top of this task using a few home remedies, but there are times when only a professional patio cleaner will do.
Here are some tips on cleaning your patio, along with an overview of how RenWash will make your patio look amazing.
For countless homeowners, a pressure washer is the answer to all cleaning problems!
However, while pressure washers certainly are useful for some jobs, they aren't always the best solution for patio cleaning unless used with care.
In the wrong hands, a jet washer will damage or dislodge the pointing or sand between the paving slabs. In fact, a power washer on a high-pressure setting may even cause pitting on the top layer of the slabs, compromising their structural integrity and ruining the colour.
If you have a concrete patio, it's advisable to avoid using a jet wash altogether as they really aren't suited to this material. Mosaic surfaces are also at risk if the water pressure is set too high, as this could dislodge the tiles.
To pressure wash your patio safely, always use a low-pressure jet with the nozzle on a fan setting. Try to avoid spraying in the cracks between the paving stones anyway, as this ensures that the sand or pointing is left undisturbed.
When you use a pressure washer correctly, the results are impressive! The dirty patio is transformed and all that nasty grime is gone in a few hours.
One negative point about using a pressure washer is that unless you already own one, you'll need to hire or buy one specifically for the job. Also, few people have the patience or indeed the skill to produce perfect results when jet washing.
It takes time, planning and a methodical approach to achieve the very best results, and that's exactly what the RenWash team is trained to do.
Branded patio cleaners (such as Algon Organic Path & patio Cleaner) are available at most garden centres these days, and these can be applied using a garden sprayer before being scrubbed in and washed off with cold water.
Although many are environmentally friendly and non-toxic, be sure to check the label for any warnings, particularly if pets or children use the patio area.
These liquids are designed specifically for the job, and most work well, although you may need to apply some elbow grease to get the best results, particularly for stubborn dirt.
You should also be aware that some heavy-duty cleaners may not be suitable for all types of patio materials, so it's wise to check this before applying. Some are fairly acidic and will erode the surface of the blocks or cause discolouration.
This is a very popular method as it produces outstanding results through gentle cleaning, and it is safe and effective on both natural and artificial patio surfaces.
The DOFF steam cleaning machine uses super-heated water (150ºc) sprayed at very low pressure onto the patio surface. The hot water will remove stubborn stains left by lichen, algae and mould, and is even more effective than a pressure washer!
What's more, it's an eco-friendly option as the steam kills the algae, lichen and mould spores along with any other organic growth. This effectively stops regrowth for up to six months, and often for much longer, depending on the local environment and climate.
Also, your patio is dry within minutes! The water is so hot that it soon evaporates, leaving the surface looking super clean and perfectly dry. When using a pressure washer, the patio becomes saturated and may take a while to dry out.
As a professional cleaning company, RenWash trains all staff in a wide range of cleaning methods and provides the best equipment for each project.
Each job is tackled with the same professionalism and enthusiasm, although the approach may vary according to the demands.
Here's an idea of what happens during a typical patio cleaning session:
Essentially, it only takes a few hours!
Of course, we need to take into account the condition of your patio as well as its size. But, on average, it takes between 3 and 5 hours to fully clean a medium-sized patio.
Also, the weather can affect the length of time taken, and this should be taken into account at the time. Sadly, we have no control over the atmospheric conditions! In extreme weather - hot, cold or torrential rain - our duty of care lies in ensuring the safety of our staff.
However, our aim is to provide the very best results while causing minimum inconvenience to our clients.
Not everyone is prepared to take on this thankless job themselves, and some homeowners may not be physically able to do so. Many people don't have the time or fear that they won't get the same results - which is a fair point.
Using a professional patio cleaner like RenWash makes sense, for the following reasons:
To keep your patio looking great, it's best to wash it down once in a while using a patio cleaning solution (or even a weak solution of washing up liquid).
Make a to-do list that looks something like this:
Even so, it makes sense to book a deep clean with RenWash every 18 months, as this will ensure that your patio area looks fantastic. The best time to do this is in spring, as dirt, fallen leaves and algae all accumulate in the winter months, making your patio look grimy and unpleasant.
The frequency with which your patio should be cleaned is determined by a number of factors, including the amount of use it receives and the climate in your area. Typically, your patio should be cleaned at least once a year, but more frequent cleaning may be required in areas with high foot traffic or harsh weather conditions.
Yes, we can clean up stains on your patio. To remove most stains, including oil and grease stains, we use specialised cleaning products and techniques.
We do provide cleaning and sealing services. We will apply a sealant after cleaning to protect your patio from future staining and discoloration.
Yes, we can clean patios made of different materials, such as concrete and natural stone. We use cleaning methods and products that are appropriate for each type of surface.