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Care & Cleaning

Choosing the correct product for the area you live in is essential.  Maintenance for your newly laid paving varies on the product you choose.

Cleaning and caring for porcelain paving slabs can help maintain their appearance and longevity. Here’s a guide on how to properly care for and clean porcelain paving:

Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweeping: Remove debris, leaves, and dirt regularly using a broom or a brush. This prevents particles from accumulating and potentially staining the surface.
  • Mopping: For routine cleaning, use a solution of mild detergent or soap mixed with warm water. Mop the surface to remove any stains or spills. Avoid using abrasive cleaners as they can damage the porcelain.

Stain Removal:

  • Organic Stains: For stains caused by organic materials like leaves, food, or mildew, a mixture of water and mild detergent can usually suffice. Apply the solution and gently scrub the area with a soft brush or sponge.
  • Oil or Grease Stains: Use a degreaser or a specialised oil stain remover designed for outdoor surfaces. Apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions and rinse thoroughly.

Stubborn Stains:

  • For tougher stains that don’t respond to mild detergent, consider using a commercial porcelain cleaner. Follow the instructions carefully and test the cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals:

  • Refrain from using harsh chemicals, bleach, or acid-based cleaners on porcelain paving as they can damage the surface and affect its appearance.

Pressure Washing:

  • Pressure washing can be used occasionally to clean stubborn dirt or grime. Use a low-pressure setting and hold the nozzle at a reasonable distance to prevent damage to the paving.

Preventative Measures:

  • Place doormats at entrances to minimise the transfer of dirt onto the porcelain surface.
  • Promptly clean spills or stains to prevent them from setting into the paving.

Sealing:

  • While porcelain is naturally less porous compared to some other paving materials, sealing can provide an additional layer of protection against stains and facilitate easier cleaning. Consult with a professional to determine if sealing is necessary for your specific type of porcelain paving.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning and maintenance, as different types of porcelain may have specific care instructions. Regular care and cleaning will help preserve the beauty and durability of your porcelain paving slabs for years to come.

 

Feel free to call our office for full advice on care and cleaning.  It is recommended that you look after your slabs throughout the year.

Cleaning and maintaining sandstone paving is essential to preserve its natural beauty and longevity. Sandstone is a porous material, and proper care helps prevent staining and deterioration. Here’s a guide on how to care for and clean sandstone paving:

Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweeping: Remove loose debris, dirt, and leaves using a broom or brush regularly to prevent them from settling into the pores of the stone.
  • Rinsing: Use a garden hose or pressure washer on a low setting to rinse the surface and remove surface dirt or grime. Avoid using high-pressure settings as they might damage the stone.

Cleaning Solutions:

  • Mild Detergent: Mix a mild detergent or soap with warm water. Use a soft-bristled brush or a non-abrasive sponge to scrub the surface gently. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Specialised Cleaners: For tougher stains or specific issues like algae or moss growth, consider using a specialized stone cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area first.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals:

  • Do not use acidic or harsh chemical cleaners (such as bleach or ammonia) on sandstone as they can damage the stone’s surface and discolour it.

Stain Removal:

  • For organic stains (like leaves, moss, or mildew), a mixture of water and mild detergent can often suffice. Gently scrub the stained area and rinse thoroughly.
  • Oil or grease stains may require the use of a specialized stone cleaner or degreaser. Apply as instructed and rinse thoroughly.

Preventative Measures:

  • Use coasters or protective pads under outdoor furniture to prevent rust or stains from metal components.
  • Quickly clean up spills to prevent them from seeping into the stone’s pores and causing stains.

Sealing:

  • Sandstone is often sealed to protect it from stains and weathering. Apply a penetrating sealer designed for natural stone. Consult with a professional to determine the appropriate sealer for your sandstone and reapply it as recommended.

Winter Care:

  • In cold climates, avoid using de-icing salts on sandstone paving as they can damage the stone. Instead, use sand or non-corrosive ice melt products.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning and maintenance, as different types of sandstone may have specific care instructions. Regular cleaning and proper care will help retain the natural beauty and integrity of your sandstone paving.

 

Feel free to call our office for full advice on care and cleaning.  It is recommended that you look after your slabs throughout the year.

Granite paving is a durable and popular choice for outdoor spaces due to its strength and resistance to weathering. Proper care and cleaning can help maintain its appearance and longevity. Here’s a guide on how to care for and clean granite paving:

Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweeping: Remove loose debris, leaves, and dirt using a broom or brush regularly to prevent accumulation and potential scratching of the surface.
  • Rinsing: Use a garden hose or pressure washer on a low setting to rinse the surface and remove surface dirt or grime. Avoid high-pressure settings to prevent damage.

Cleaning Solutions:

  • Mild Detergent: Mix a mild detergent or soap with warm water. Use a soft-bristled brush or non-abrasive sponge to clean the surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Specialized Cleaners: For stubborn stains or specific issues, consider using a granite-safe stone cleaner. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test the cleaner on a small area first.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals:

  • Do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners, bleach, or ammonia on granite as they can damage the surface and affect its appearance.

Stain Removal:

  • For organic stains (such as leaves, moss, or mildew), a mixture of water and mild detergent can often be effective. Gently scrub the affected area and rinse thoroughly.
  • Oil or grease stains might require the use of a specialized stone cleaner or degreaser. Apply as directed and rinse well.

Preventative Measures:

  • Use coasters or protective pads under outdoor furniture to prevent scratches or stains from metal components.
  • Promptly clean spills to prevent them from seeping into the stone’s pores and causing stains.

Sealing:

  • Granite is often sealed to enhance its stain resistance. Apply a penetrating sealer specifically formulated for granite. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application frequency.

Winter Care:

  • Avoid using de-icing salts on granite paving as they can damage the stone. Instead, use sand or non-corrosive ice melt products.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning and maintenance, as different types of granite may have specific care instructions. Regular cleaning and proper care will help preserve the natural beauty and durability of your granite paving for years to come.

 

Feel free to call our office for full advice on care and cleaning.  It is recommended that you look after your slabs throughout the year.

Limestone paving adds natural elegance to outdoor spaces, but it requires specific care to maintain its beauty. Here’s a guide on how to care for and clean limestone paving:

Regular Cleaning:

  • Sweeping: Remove loose debris, dirt, and leaves regularly using a broom or brush to prevent buildup.
  • Rinsing: Use a garden hose or pressure washer on a low setting to rinse the surface and remove surface dirt or grime. Avoid high-pressure settings to prevent damage.

Cleaning Solutions:

  • Mild Detergent: Mix a mild detergent or soap with warm water. Use a soft-bristled brush or non-abrasive sponge to clean the surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Specialized Cleaners: For tougher stains or specific issues like algae or moss growth, consider using a specialized limestone cleaner. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area first.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals:

  • Do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners, bleach, or ammonia on limestone as they can etch or damage the surface.

Stain Removal:

  • For organic stains (such as leaves, moss, or mildew), a mixture of water and mild detergent can often suffice. Gently scrub the stained area and rinse thoroughly.
  • Oil or grease stains may require the use of a specialized stone cleaner or degreaser. Apply as instructed and rinse well.

Preventative Measures:

  • Use coasters or protective pads under outdoor furniture to prevent scratches or stains.
  • Promptly clean spills to prevent them from seeping into the stone’s pores and causing stains.

Sealing:

  • Limestone is porous and benefits from sealing to protect it against stains and weathering. Apply a penetrating sealer designed for limestone. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application frequency.

Winter Care:

  • Avoid using de-icing salts on limestone paving as they can damage the stone. Instead, use sand or non-corrosive ice melt products.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaning and maintenance, as different types of limestone may have specific care instructions. Regular cleaning and proper care will help preserve the natural beauty and integrity of your limestone paving.

 

Feel free to call our office for full advice on care and cleaning.  It is recommended that you look after your slabs throughout the year.