It's Mid March, - the time of year in the Gardeners calendar when there aren't enough hours in a day, let alone enough work free, child free, nice weather to get out in the garden type hours.
I have this huge list of jobs that I want to get done, but realistically unless there's some time warp, Star trek stylie happen over the next couple of week, the things that aren't important & urgent, will not get done. Which is why although i've been looking at how disgusting my patio has become over the last few months, it was never going to get cleaned by me. With Chickens, Path making, Vegetable bed soil being added and general winter snow and rain adding to the normal wear and tear, my lovely sandstone patio, was looking grubby and, worse than that, becoming dangerously slippery.
As well as being the sunniest place in the garden, my patio is the place for eating out in the summer, for growing a lot of my fruit and herbs, and (being next to the greenhouse) is the overspill for my plants and seedlings
When I also had a client ask me how to clean a patio, I decided it was time for action, and in came Alastair Niddrie of Silex Uk, ready to help. Being a stone expert, Alastair had helped us to choose new tiles for our hall and cloakroom, and when I asked about patio cleaning, I got a huge amount of information that I didn't know.
Did you know that Power washing can de- laminate riven (when it's not flat) surfaces? Apparently all natural stone is cut on a fault line, and if you take off the surface, it may go back to the next fault line
Did you know that you can either use Chlorine and a deck brush (or in a professionals case a big powered brush) to clean, or use a steam cleaner (like a giant vacuum).
Did you know that if you don't put down an algae suppressant, then the green stuff can start growing back again straight away?
Well I didn't, - but I do now, and thanks to some nifty brush work (my morals wanted to go for the steam cleaner, but my budget wouldn't let me) and a covering of Algex, my patio is as good as new, and the colours in the stone can be seen again. I can now put back all my pots of fruit (apples, blueberries, peach, fig, and Strawberries) and herbs, plus my grow houses, and the wormeries.
Like carpet cleaning helping to increase the lifespan of your indoor floor coverings, patio cleaning can mean your seating areas outside last and look better, so get out your deck brush this weekend and prepare for a summer of outdoor living.
Now i've just got to find someone to paint the fences and clean the greenhouse......