How To Have the Best Looking Patio
Staying on top of the cleaning of your outdoor area is vital to keeping your patio in excellent condition for social events or for relaxing on a warm day. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on hiring a company to come and power wash your patio, you may just be able to do it yourself by following our simple steps.
If you have had the same patio stones down for a number of years, it may be time to give it a clean. Power washing your patio can bring back the colour of the original stone before the impact of moss, dirt and general wear and tear. It is a cost-effective way to make your outdoor space look brand new, without having to spend excessive amounts of money to purchase a brand new decking or patio area. This blog will take you through the best way to wash your patio to bring back the original colour, so you no longer need to feel embarrassed about the cleanliness of your outdoor space!
You may also want to think about keeping on top of the cleaning of your patio windows; these seem to get dirty very quickly, especially if they see high traffic. Whether you have little hands that always seem to be imprinted over your glass or perhaps you simply haven’t given them a clean in a while, we have all the tricks of the trade to get your patio doors gleaming.
How to power wash your patio
Firstly, let’s start by establishing the equipment that you will need if you are going to power wash your patio area yourself. You will need:
- Safety goggles
- Pressure washer
You will need to clear your patio of all ornaments, plant pots and furniture to ensure that you have an empty surface. You will need access to all patio stones to make sure that the whole area is the same colour and there aren’t any inconsistencies.
After clearing your area, you will need to brush it down to remove any debris, leaves or excess dirt which may impact the outcome of your power washing. Brush it into a pile and tip into your bin so that it doesn’t get in the way when you are cleaning.
You will need to make sure that you have access to a hose which reaches the area that you are cleaning. Try out the hose beforehand to ensure that there aren’t any air bubbles or debris which could be blocking the water flow.
Connect the hose into the power washer’s inlet, ensuring that you have all of the correct adaptors for the outdoor tap. You will then want to connect your power washer to the main’s electrical outlet and turn it on so that it can pressurise.
This step is optional; however, if you are looking to make your job easier, then it may be a welcomed addition. Applying a detergent can help break down dirt particles on your patio, which will make the job less time-consuming. Some detergents even have properties which reduce the build-up of dirt and grime in the future.
Consult the instructions of your power washer before use, ensuring that you know how to work it. You will then want to focus on one patio square at a time until the colour of the original stone starts to show through. Continue this for the whole process, going back over squares which haven’t come up as well as others. You’ll be surprised by how satisfying a job it is!
Wait for the stones to dry and brush off any surface dirt which may not have been removed in the process.
How to clean your patio windows
Once you have cleaned your patio, you will want to focus on your patio windows. If you do your windows first, you will find that dirt may splash up and ruin your hard work.
What you will need:
- Microfibre cloth
- White vinegar
- Soapy water
You will want to ensure that you are protecting the sill which surrounds your patio windows from the cleaning process. Getting your sill wet can cause more problems with the protection of your window further down the line.
You will want to start by cleaning the door handles and frame of your patio windows, using a cloth and soapy water to get rid of any dirt or grime which may have settled. If you have sliding patio doors, you may want to clean the rails. This will entail ensuring that the tracks are free from debris or dirt. A sign that there is dirt or debris in the track is that the door may close more slowly than they should.
Moving onto the glass in your patio windows, you should clean both the inside and outside to ensure you are getting the full effect of clean windows. Mix water with a small amount of white wine vinegar to create your cleaning solution, and have a clean cloth to hand. You will want to clean the glass with clean strokes to avoid leaving marks. Once you feel as though you have thoroughly cleaned your glass, use your dry cloth immediately to dry the initial solution.
To make sure your glass is gleaming, use a detergent solution in your warm water and wash down your window once more. After this, you will need to use a squeegee right away to avoid watermarks. Use your squeegee in a vertical direction to make sure you are wiping away any missed water droplets.
Repeat this on the other side of the glass, and you should have a perfectly clean window. Tidy around the area and remove any cloth used to protect the sill and floor.
After cleaning both the patio and the patio windows, you should be able to enjoy your outdoor space a little bit more. Keep on top of your cleaning, and you will find that your patio area looks more presentable and smart so you can enjoy the outdoors when the sun is shining. If this blog has inspired you to begin a new project, why not check out the collection of UPVC bi-folding doors and UPVC French doors that we have on offer at ATT Fabrications.