How To Keep Your Brick Patio Clean

Monday 20th March 2023

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Around 87% of UK households have access to a garden, with some of those homes choosing to expand that space to include a brick patio. Patios make for excellent exterior spaces and decoration; however, they require constant maintenance.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we can restore your brick patio with our brick cleaning services. Our expert technicians can use the TORIK Stone Cleaning System and eco-friendly solutions to remove all of the grime, moss, algae, and fungi. Our techniques are non-abrasive and will keep your patio pristine.

Read on to find out how to clean your patio and ensure it stays that way.

Why is your brick patio dirty?

Over time, your brick patio may be susceptible to growths such as algae, moss, lichens, and liverworts. Even though these are not harmful to the brick and will not cause structural damage, they are unappealing and might become a slip hazard.

If your patio is in an area where it does not receive much natural light, it is at risk of becoming damp, humid, or overgrown. Poor drainage in your home or garden could also lead to the brickwork shifting out of place, which may cause tripping.

Signs you need your brick patio cleaned

It is not uncommon for your patio to become dirty over time due to its location and vulnerability to the elements. It will not remain pristine forever which is why you should keep it maintained despite the strength and quality of the brick.

Without regular cleaning, you risk it becoming overgrown with organisms, including harmful fungi like mould. Here are some indicators that your patio might need cleaning:

  • Dirt build-up
  • Trails or short tufts of moss
  • Dark, wet green algae
  • Weeds with flowering dandelions
  • Green, black, or white mould

The dangers of dirty patios

One of the biggest hazards you may find growing on your brick patio is the appearance of algae. Algae and organic growth create a biofilm, a layer of microorganisms that stays wet.

This can make your patio very slippery over time and puts people at risk of falling and getting injured. Nearby water bodies like a pool, jacuzzies, and ponds are also at risk of becoming overgrown with algae.

This type of algae could manifest in the form of blue-green algae on water surfaces, and it will release spores very quickly to spread to other areas of your garden. This type of growth is toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

How to clean patio brickwork

Although there are lots of products, tools, and techniques available for you to try, you should always leave patio cleaning to the professionals.

Firstly, brick cleaning specialists will know how to clean different types of brickwork at an expert level and identify the best solution for your patio. If you use the wrong products or techniques, such as pressure washing on too high a pressure, you could damage the brickwork.

Finding the right products and equipment can also be very expensive. Professional cleaners will already have the specific gear and know how to use it efficiently. Some cleaning products, like brick acid, are very dangerous, too, and should only be handled and used by experts.

You may also fail to remove all the algae, organic growth, and other dirt or debris. This could leave behind a dangerous patio.

Professional brick cleaners have the training and equipment to restore the condition of your patio safely and effectively. You can be sure they will deliver a fast and immaculate result.

How to maintain your brick patio

Even though brick needs very little maintenance, you should keep your brickwork clean and prevent any damage by checking for cracks, loose mortar, or unsightly growths. Use these tips to keep your patio clean:

  • Sweep with a broom regularly
  • Use brick sealant or polymeric sand to stop weed growth
  • Replace any broken bricks often
  • Avoid using weed killers or chemicals
  • Replace or repair grout often
  • Arrange for professional, regular maintenance

Get in touch

Our technicians will use state-of-the-art technology to clean your brick patio thoroughly. They are available nationwide, 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on-site within a matter of hours in an emergency.

To find out more about our brick cleaning services, contact us at 0208 066 0360 or on enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

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