LAST UPDATED: 7th January 2023 by The Editorial Team
Summary: Step by step guide and video showing how to clean a patio, remove black spots, clean paving slabs and remove dirt.
How to clean a patio
It is difficult to maintain a patio as dirt and stains build up easily. Washing the patio every few weeks should stop any particularly difficult build up and regular sweeping is useful for keeping the patio looking neat.
- Remove weeds growing between the stones using any implement you can find for the job, such as a knife or patio weeder. Alternatively you can kill the weeds where they are by spraying weed killer on them.
- Using a garden broom, sweep clear any remaining leaves and debris.
- If patio is not badly stained and you don’t mind a little physical exertion, mix a solution of laundry detergent and warm water and scrub the stone until you are content with the job.
- A jet wash will remove tougher dirt on any patio. It is also an easy method as little work is involved. It is important to seek the manufacturer’s advice before use, as you will need to know the recommended setting for patio use. Always avoid delicate objects when using high pressure jet washes. See how to use a jet wash.
- An alternative way of making your patio look good again, is to use a branded stone cleaning product. These can be found in most DIY stores. Although more effort is involved, it is a less water hungry method and can be used to remove black spots. Having read the instructions, apply the solution and (depending on the type of cleaning product and the stubbornness of the dirt) you should be able to simply rinse your stone patio clean. For more stubborn grime, use a brush to scrub remaining dirt.
- Patio weeder or screwdriver
- Hard garden brush
- Garden hose
- Jet wash (optional)
- Patio cleaner