Cleaning Patios before Moving Out
The patio can often end up in a bit of a muddle at the end of a tenancy or before you move home. Barbeques, furniture and other items often make their way onto the area and can impact significantly on the whole outdoor feel of a home.
Depending on the amount of rubbish you have lying about, you may require a skip or a professional cleaning service with the means to take the items at hand away and to recycle them. Of course, organic waste should be also removed.
The best way to tidy the patio is to remove the items that you wish to keep first and then sort out the rest into appropriate piles for getting rid of. Items such as patio heaters and furniture you wish to keep can be brought to the side, while others are thrown away.
Patios may also need a washing down and this can be done with a power hose and a coarse outdoor brush. This may take time and also elbow grease, so often specialist help can greatly benefit.
One of the biggest issues tends to be overgrown plants. These can destroy the patio area’s look and feel and also have impacts on its safety as it leaves dark and damp areas where fungus and algae can grow.
Algae are not particularly nice and can really impact on patios and other outdoor areas to a significant degree. Generally, an alga becomes a problem in areas that are shaded by trees, walls or shrubbery and remain damp constantly. This is ideal conditions for algae to grow and can cause it to spread across the patio area. Of course, it’s not just unattractive, it’s also a danger and can cause slipping and result in problems, though that said the sliminess doesn’t help the appeal of the area either.
As they saw, prevention is better than cure and if you can manage to trim the trees, bushes and flowers that prevent light from getting onto the patio area then do. This allows for more sunshine and results in less damp and better conditions for the patio. This will prevent the problem in the first place.
Chlorine bleach and water can be a great way to get rid of this from the patio. Mix equal parts chlorine bleach and water in a spray bottle. Or if you prefer you can use ammonium sulphamate and water together to perform the same job. However, read the instructions as this can be quite a strong concoction. This herbicide can be located at DIY stores and garden supply stores.
When the mix is ready as per the instructions, spray it on the algae and then allow it to remain there for around an hour or so. This gives it enough time to begin to take effect on the algae.
Now that this is done you need to rinse the material from the patio. When you are doing this you need to take care to direct the stream of water away from the flowers of plant life on the patio as this may damage the vegetation in the area. Ammonium sulphamate is not only going to damage the algae, it will cause problems for any plant life in its path and should be used with care otherwise it will kill your garden. When you are finished you may have to repeat the treatment if needed. This should be done as per the instructions above.
When performing this exercise you should wear safety glasses and gloves as both chlorine and herbicide can be potentially dangerous to health.
Also, in the future keep the bushes trimmed back as this will stop further issues with algae.
Follow these rules and you can enjoy your patio heater throughout the summer months.
Cormac Reynolds writes for UK patio site patioheater-hire.co.uk and has written numerous DIY articles on this and other subjects.