So you’ve chosen your patio design and the paving products to fit in perfectly, but how do you keep it looking its best all year round?
We’ve asked the Paving Expert to give us his top tips to make sure that your patio stays in great condition:
"There is no such thing as ‘maintenance free’ paving. Even concrete or tarmacadam left un- maintained will deteriorate and soon become covered in algae, lichens, mosses and worse, but with a little regular attention, it’s easy to keep your new paving looking at its best.
The simplest maintenance task is sweeping.Don’t allow litter, dust or other detritus to accumulate – it just encourages vegetation. Swilling down the paving with hot, soapy water and scrubbing with a stiff yard brush every couple of months will help deter algae, lichens and mosses. Try not to use power washers. The intense blast of water can damage the paving, particularly the jointing, working it loose, opening up cracks, and these then let in more and more water (and frost!) which just shortens the lifespan of the paving.
Never, ever use acid-based cleaning products, even if they are labelled as ‘Patio Cleaners’. The acid will eat away concrete, limestone, travertine or marble paving, and it can have a serious effect on the colouring of some sandstones and granites, resulting in permanent rust-coloured stains. Stick to simple detergents and, if absolutely necessary, dilute bleach."
If you have any queries about our paving or how best to maintain it, please get in touch with us here at Landscape World and we will be able to answer your questions.
- The Landscape World Team.