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Get Your Stone Patio Clean and Summer Ready

With spring finally here, these tips will help get your stone patio clean and ready for summer fun and relaxation!

After a long cold winter, your natural stone patio, terrace, pool, or outdoor kitchen needs a little TLC in order to restore, protect, and make it ready for summer use. With the right assistance and know-how, your outdoor spaces will be primed for relaxation and entertainment.

Before diving into the rejuvenation process, take a walk around your property. Pay close attention to details like grout joints, signs of calcium bleed or efflorescence (a whitish, powdery substance), cracks, and any loose or shifted stones or tiles. Where is there algae or mildew? Make a list of areas that need attention.

How much maintenance you’ll need will vary depending on factors such as the type of installation—dry-laid or wet-laid—and the specific materials used. Dry-laid installations (e.g., polymeric sand joints), might need replacement or other attention to correct shifted tiles. Wet-laid ones may require grout or mortar joint repairs and sealing.

Given that outdoor surfaces endure harsh weather conditions, regular maintenance is essential to keep them in top condition. Consider enlisting the expertise of a trusted stone care advisor for a thorough assessment and tailored solutions. 

Stone patio maintenance prevents problems from snowballing

Our years in the industry tell us that most stone patios need some level of maintenance within the first two years because of natural material settling. 

This could involve anything from grout touch-ups to minor crack repairs, managing efflorescence, or addressing shifted tiles. Sometimes, these issues may not be immediately apparent, but can show up over time – and may be prevented with proactive maintenance!

  • Developing a maintenance plan is crucial to nip potential issues in the bud and prevent them from snowballing into costly repairs down the line!

Mildew or algae removal to get your stone patio clean

When it comes to surface cleaning of mildew or algae, please resist the temptation to power or pressure wash! This method of surface cleaning could potentially damage the stone or tile surfaces. 

Instead, opt for gentler methods that effectively remove impurities without risking surface erosion. Our recommended solution is one you can make yourself:

Mix ½ c distilled water, ½ c hydrogen peroxide (3% solution), and 3 drops green Palmolive® dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray the surface and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with a hose. Gently scrub any areas that resist coming clean with a brush – harsh scrubbing or cleansers can damage your stone.

Get your stone patio clean and ensure it remains a source of joy and relaxation for years to come. Connect with us by clicking here for expert assistance in preserving and enhancing your indoor and outdoor stone or marble living spaces.

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