Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors, and what better way to do that than by spending time on your patio? However, a dirty and unkempt patio can quickly put a damper on your summer fun. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also be a safety hazard, as algae and dirt can make your patio slippery and difficult to walk on.
That's why it's crucial to keep your patio clean and well-maintained so that you can enjoy all that summer has to offer without any worries.
If you haven't touched your patio since last summer, don't worry! In this blog post, we'll show you how to use Stain Solver to clean your patio effectively and efficiently, so you can get back to enjoying your summer in no time. And best of all, there's no need to use a power washer with this method!
Let's dive in.
Why Does Algae Grow on a Patio?
You might notice dirt on your patio, and think this makes sense. It's an outdoor space and some dirt here and there is certainly to be expected. But you might also notice some green slime growing on your patio surface, and be a little bit alarmed! What is that stuff?
Don't worry, it's just algae!
Algae can grow on a patio due to a combination of moisture, shade, and sunlight. Patios that are located in areas with high humidity or rainfall are particularly susceptible to algae growth. Additionally, algae can thrive in shaded areas where the patio receives little direct sunlight.
Luckily, Stain Solver makes getting rid of both dirt and algae a breeze. Tough stains will come right off, and your patio area will be ready for the warmer months ahead.
A Stain Solver Sucess Story
Before we go into the step-by-step process here, I want to share a story from a Stain Solver user who did this exact project and left us a 5-Star review!
Here's what he said:
"Saved a ton of time!
I almost went and rented a powerwasher (which would have taken several hours of time and quite a bit of $$$), but instead used Stain Solver. The whole job took less than an hour and a half and only 6 cups of Stain Solver. Love this stuff!"
And just look at these before and after photos:
Step-by-Step Cleaning Process
Here's the step-by-step process that will get you a clean patio! It usually takes us a few hours to take on a project like this, so we recommend budgeting an afternoon or so to take care of this project, it's well worth it to end up with a delightful outdoor area!
Step 1: Prepare The Patio
In order to do a deep clean, we first need to prepare the space for the cleaning solution. Luckily all this means is removing anything on the patio and sweeping it of debris. So go ahead and move any outdoor furniture or plant pots that you might have outside. Next, take a stiff bristled broom and give the entire area a quick sweep, removing any loose debris, dead leaves, or obvious dirt.
Step 2: Make Your Stain Solver Solution
Next, you'll want to mix up your Stain Solver Solution. It's very important that you use hot or warm water for the cleaning solution! The hotter the water, the easier it will be for the Stain Solver to dissolve. Check out our How-To page for detailed mixing guidance, or just use one cup of Stain Solver for every gallon of hot water.
Step 3: Apply The Stain Solver & Let Sit
There are a couple of different ways to apply the solution, each with pros and cons. If you have a garden sprayer, we have found that to be the most effective at evenly and efficiently applying the solution. Make sure you cover the entire surface.
However, if you don't have one of those, a watering can will work well, or you can simply pour the solution onto the patio slabs!
Grab an iced tea, beer, or your beverage of choice, and relax for about an hour while the Stain Solver does its work.
Step 4: Scrub and Rinse
After you've let the Stain Solver sit solution sit for a while, it's time to take a stiff broom and use it to scrub the patio slabs, and especially the mortar in between the slabs. Make sure to scrub off all of the affected areas. You'll see all of the algae and stubborn dirt start easily coming off!
Once you've put a little bit of elbow grease into your patio cleaning project, it's time to rinse off the Stain Solver solution. Just take a garden hose and spray off the entire patio area with cold water.
Step 5: Enjoy!
That's all! This easy process is why Stain Solver is such a good patio cleaner. All that's left for you to do is enjoy your outdoor space and clean patio slabs all through the summer!
Some Tips and Tricks:
Here are a few things that we've picked up from our experience with patio cleaning.
- It's best if you do this project on a day that's cool or overcast day. This will keep the Stain Solver from evaporating and will give it more time to do its work.
- If you have particularly stubborn stains, you may have to reapply the Stain Solver solution twice to see the most cleaning power.
- If you're concerned about discoloring your paving slabs, try a small amount of Stain Solver on an inconspicuous area first.
Pressure Washing Method
While a pressure washer is definitely NOT necessary for success on this project, one can make it a little bit easier. While we don't recommend using a pressure washer to apply the Stain Solver (as mentioned above, a garden sprayer is our choice), it can be useful for rinsing off the patio at the end of the project. All this means is that you'll have to do a bit less scrubbing.
How to clean patio stone slabs made of natural stone?
This method works well on all kinds of patio surfaces, from a concrete patio to one that's made of brick or natural stone! If you want more information on how to use Stain Solver specifically on bluestone, check out our article on just that!
How to prevent algae from growing on your patio
Now that you've gotten your patio slabs in great condition for the summer, you might be wondering what the best way to keep algae off of your patio is throughout the summertime.
Here are some ways to keep algae from growing on your patio:
- Regularly sweep and rinse your patio to remove any dirt or debris that can feed algae growth.
- Use a leaf blower to remove fallen leaves, which can trap moisture and create a breeding ground for algae.
- Apply a patio sealer to create an extra layer of protection against algae growth.
By following these tips, you can help prevent algae from taking over your patio and keep it looking clean and inviting all summer long.
Will Stain Solver damage my landscaping?
No! One of the best parts about Stain Solver is that it's safe and environmentally friendly. It turns into hydrogen peroxide when mixed with water, which subsequently turns into water. You can learn more here.
When you're ready to get your patio back in summertime shape after lying dormant for the winter months, reach for Stain Solver and you'll be ready to clean your patio with ease.