Your garden paving will be designed to withstand the British climate, and should last for many years to come. However, to keep it looking its best, there are some simple steps you can take. These will vary depending on what type of materials have been used. Here are some general tips to keep your patio in perfect condition.

1. Sweep up leaves and debris

Remove all furniture from the patio and sweep up dry garden rubbish with a soft brush to avoid scratching the stonework. Pull up any weeds growing between the paving slabs by the roots, and scrape away moss and algae. Store the debris safely in a garden waste bin or purpose-built composter to avoid it getting blown back over your garden.

2. Wash down with warm soapy water

Fill a bucket with warm soapy water (dish washing liquid is fine) and swill down the patio and paths, brushing firmly to lift off the surface dirt. Rinse away the soap and loosened dirt with a hosepipe. Avoid the temptation to use a pressure washer, as this is too strong and will damage the stone surface or even crack the paving.

3. Remove stubborn stains with a specialist cleaner

If your patio still has stains or discolouration after it has been washed, rinsed and dried, then you may need to use a stronger method. However, don’t just pick the first harsh chemical cleaner off the shelf, as this may be too acidic, and will eat into the surface of the stone. Choose a pH neutral cleaner which is designed for the specific type of stone you have, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Re-seal the surface

Once a year, it is best to seal natural stone and concrete patios and paths, to maintain water and stain resistance and increase the lifespan of the stone. Make sure you use a sealant designed specifically for the material you have, and follow the directions carefully. If you are looking for Yorkstone paving, please contact us today.