During the warm months of spring and summer professional patio cleaning is in high demand as residents all over the UK love nothing more than to spend quality time in their beloved gardens and outside areas. During these months alone our team provide dozens of professional patio cleaning services on a weekly basis.
With many years experience in the profession and with hundreds/thousands of professional cleans under our belt we know all there is to know about cleaning patios safely and effectively.
In this blog we are going to explain to you the best and recommended ways to clean common patio surfaces along with certain preperations and checks that should always be made in order to help your patio cleaning service run as smoothly as possible.
Patio cleaning preparation tips
Checking for suitable water flow
One of the first things you always need to check before committing yourself to a patio cleaning service is that the external water flow at the property is suitable for purpose. Water flow is a major factor in a patio cleaning process.
The water flow needs to be great enough to power your jet washer. There are many different types of jet washing machines that are used for patio cleaning services. you have hot jet washers, cold jet washers and lots of different variations of jet washing pumps. All jet washers have different water flows and pressure levels.
One of the most common jet washer brands that most homeowners are familiar with is the brand Karcher as it is widely advertised and sold in most local stores. Karcher and most conventional home-owned jet washing pumps are relatively small and most of the time theirs is no problem using one contact to a conventional outside tap. but alway check first some taps can have extremely how water flows. the last thing you want do is all your prep work to find your machine doesn’t work due to water issues.
Clearing the surface / Removing furniture
The very first thing our team do when arriving at a patio cleaning service and what we recommend to anyone planning to clean a patio themselves is to remove all objects from the surface of the patio including furniture, plant pots, barbecues and so forth. Whatever items can be move safely should be moved into a safe area of of the surface.
There are two main reasons why all objects are always removed from the surface of the patio before the cleaning service starts. Reason one being so you can professionally clean every inch of the patio thoroughly and evenly. Reason 2 is to simply move every thing into safe place so there is no risk of it getting dirty from the splash back of water during the patio cleaning process.
If you are planning to use patio cleaning solutions, most of which will contain sodium-hypochlorite/ liquid chlorine which is corrosive, this iOS something that you don’t want making contact with anything but the surface that your cleaning. Once everything has been moved off of the surface into a safe place we can start on the next step of the preparation, sweeping the surface.
Sweeping the surface
When our team at Feel the press UK book-in any type of professional patio cleaning service we always guarantee our costumers a spotless finish for their surface, after being in the patio cleaning business for some years now and after providing hundreds of professional services this is a result that we can always achieve. When Feel The Pressure UK guarantee you with a spotless finish this is exactly what you get meaning all surface dirt and stains will be removed from your patio and the natural colour will be fully restored, It also means things like leafs and other debris will be completely removed from the floor and surrounding walls as a spotless finish at Feel The Pressure UK means spotless. It is always best to sweep up and remove small objects like leaves, twigs and whatever else might be on the surface before you start the cleaning service, when water is projected from a jet washing to apply water because once the surface is wet it makes things a lot harder for them to be removed as they tend to stick with the water, there is nothing worse than trying to clean a patio floor with leaves flying all around the place because they haven’t been bagged up so the best thing to do is get straight in and bag everything up while the surface is still dry it will save you a lot of time and headache in the long run, trust me we are the professionals.
Checking / clearing drainage
The next step when preparing a patio for cleaning is checking your drainage and clearing any objects that may be blocking or restricting the water flow. If the water that you are using during a patio cleaning service can run directly towards a clear functional drain then you shouldn’t normally have any problems, while you’re concentrating on the cleaning service at hand the dirty water can automatically be disposed of with little or no effort at all but if the drain is blocked or if it has anything obstructing the water flow this could soon cause unwanted problems, water could rapidly build up with nowhere to escape causing you to stop your work to try and unblock your drain, I’m blocking the drain when full up with water is a messy process this is why it’s recommended to clear the drain before you start the patio cleaning process. checking the drain for blockages is simple, simply find the drain that the water runs towards, remove any leaves or debris covering the filter cover, if you have already swept the surface as suggested to do beforehand then there shouldn’t be anything covering the filter cover so instead lift filter cover and check if there is anything inside, If there is simply remove it wearing a pair of gloves, once you are satisfied that the drain is clear replaced the filter cover to stop anything but water going though during the cleaning process. When cleaning surfaces like block paving sometimes a lot of mud can come up from in between the joints, the drain filter cover prevents such elements from entering with the water so it is important that the drain filter clover is securely in place.
Positioning your machinery
Positioning your jet washer/patio cleaning equipment in the correct place might not seem like the most important part of a patio cleaning process but never the less it could save you a lot of time when cleaning large patio surfaces and it will definitely prevent unwanted splash-back from things like dirt, mud, grit, Peebles and even water itself, These are all things that over time and hope the appearance of your machinery and lead to much bigger problems. it’s always good to have your jet washer/patio cleaning equipment placed somewhere off of the surface if possible, this is simply for the same reasons that you move the furniture that you are cleaning but close enough to be able to reach all areas if possible, as all patios are unique in terms of size distance to water tap during the patio cleaning process depending on the size of the surface it is always good to place your machinery in a position where you can reach all areas without the machinery having to be moved. Some of the patio cleaning machinery that we use Feel the pressure UK