Cleaning Paved Areas and Brickwork in Your Garden

The effort of having a beautiful garden doesn’t stop when you have built and landscaped everything in it. It is important that, in order to keep the garden beautiful, you regularly clean any paved areas and brickwork of any dirt and algae that will occur naturally. However, it could be difficult to know how to go about cleaning these areas and, surprisingly, you don’t always have to use expensive mass-made products. If you are unsure of how to clean the paved areas and brickwork in your garden, this article could help you.

Hot Water and Soap

This traditional cleaning solution should not be dismissed when it comes to cleaning your patio or the brickwork in your garden. Simply mix your chosen soapy product (washing up liquid is perfect!) in a large bucket of water and pour over the area, scrubbing the dirt loose with a stiff-bristled brush. You should always pour clean water over the area to prevent remaining soap from making the area slippery. This will also work on upright brickwork, either splashing the wall with the soap solution or dipping the brush in to soak before scrubbing the wall. The best thing about this method is that it costs next to nothing, and there is no worry about the run-off being harmful to children or pets.

Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are another simple, and pet and child friendly, method of cleaning paved areas and brickwork. There is no need for detergent, meaning it is mess and fuss free. You could also use pressure washer to ensure all last traces of dirt are gone after first scrubbing with a brush. Unfortunately, this would only be effective on general dirt and algae; it would not be strong enough to remove cement residues.

Acid-Based Cleaners

These heavy-duty cleaners will be more effective on stubborn dirt on paving and brickwork. However, it shouldn’t be used on marble, limestone or travertine. You should always dilute these according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply with a scrubbing brush before rinsing, and repeat as many times as necessary. Always clean away residue as much as possible to avoid any potential harm to wildlife (not just your pets!) and children. Lithofin Builders Clean would be perfect for the job! Warning: some household cleaners can either bleach stone or cause iron within the stone to rust, so it is often preferable to use specialist cleaner such as those below. 

Degreasing Cleaners

These cleaners will be less harsh than acid-based cleaners, but may have more strength than a simple solution of soap and water. A degreasing cleaner, such as Pavetuf Deep Cleaner will remove any greasy stains or residue left on your brickwork or paving stones. Again, apply with a scrubbing brush to the area, continuing until you are satisfied with the outcome, before rinsing away any residue.

Do you have any tips on how to clean paved areas and brickwork in the garden? Share your tips in the comments!

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