We, at Feel the pressure UK provide the very best in professional patio cleaning services and with a wide range of specialised patio cleaning techniques including high-pressure jet washing, patio steam cleaning and patio black spot removal our team always ensure that the correct cleaning methods are always performed for individual surface types guaranteeing all surfaces are cleaned to the very highest of standards and safety for the surface always first in mind.
In this blog post we explain the different methods between high-pressure jet washing and patio steam cleaning and which methods are recommend for individual surface types. For full information on all of our professional patio cleaning services please click here and visit our professional patio cleaning service page
Therma-Tech patio steam cleaning
The Therma-Tech superheated cleaning system is a professional stone and masonry cleaner that is able to produce a superheated vapour at temperatures of up to 150C ,therefore able to clean to the highest of standards without the use of high pressure.
Initially designed for cleaning listed and heritage buildings due to its gentle cleaning techniques the Therma-Tech system works amazing for natural stone patio cleaning services and that’s why we always have one on board and ready for use.
When performing a natural stone patio cleaning service you need to be as gentle as possible making sure no damage is caused to the stone surface during the cleaning process as natural stone patios including sandstone, limestone and slat just to name a few are prone to flake and one of the main reasons for this is because of what we like to call freeze-thaw!
Freeze-thaw or frost shattering is when water penetrates the stones surface, freezes and then thaws out shattering the stone in the process, if you then go and put high pressure on the surface damage will most likely be inflicted, pieces will surly flake off making the patio uneven and less appealing to the eye, even without freeze-thaw high-pressure jet washing alone can cause unwanted damage like knocking out pointing or scarring the stone and leaving horrible marks.
So now your probably thinking why don’t we just turn the pressure down to stop damaging stone and why is the heat so important in natural stone patio cleaning services, because without the 150C heat produced by the Therma-Tech system you simply wouldn’t get the results you are after.
Cold-water with low-pressure is not a good combination for professional patio cleaning it does not deliver great results and something we would never use or recommend as a professional patio cleaning service.
Patio steam cleaning on the other hand can be carried out using an extremely low psi level (pressure per square inch) as low as 50 bar around a 5th of the pressure that is delivered by one of our high-pressure washing systems and can still clean to the very highest of standards removing the toughest of stains that high-pressure jet washing will still struggle with including oil, paint, and all types of organic matter including Lichen (patio black spot) ,it also kills all biological spores in the cleaning process delivering outstanding results and is the only cleaning method we recommend for any type of natural stone patio cleaning services.
High-pressure patio cleaning
So after reading all about our patio steam cleaners and how good they are for cleaning patios you’re probably wondering, why do we still need to use pressure washing systems for cleaning patios, the answer is high-pressure jet washers are better for cleaning harder surfaces including block paving and concrete, unless your trying to remove oil or copious amounts of paint, high-pressure jet washing is ideal.
Pressure washing does not cause damage to the surface of block paving or concrete as it would to natural stone as the surface is a lot harder and a lot more durable. High-Pressure jet washing systems also have a larger water flow, around 140% larger then the Therma-Tech system meaning you can clean a larger surface in a much smaller amount of time. Pressure washing systems are also better for blasting unwanted weeds from within the gaps of block paving and concrete slabs that may be a struggle with the lower pressure produced by the Therma-Tech system.
For example, if you had a large 400 m² solid concrete or block paving patio thick with weeds growing through the gaps you would be a lot quicker going straight in with a pressure washing service blasting away with no risk of damage being caused to the surface saving time and delivering great results but if the surface of the patio was made from natural stone that option would be out of the question and carrying out a Therma-Tech patio steam cleaning service would be the only answer ; it might take longer but at Feel the pressure Uk safety is always our first priority and spotless finishes are guaranteed.
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Excellent service, Frank and his team were very professional informing us on all the different stages of the cleaning process every step of the way, very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Had our Indian sandstone patio and slate roof steam cleaned and couldn't be happier the results, great service and wouldn't think twice to highly recommend!!! Excellent company and did an amazing job cleaning our garden patio tiles. Feel like we now have a brand new garden and cannot stop looking at it. They were punctual, professional and very polite. Will definitely use this company again and recommend them. They promised spotless & it really was.Friendly, hard working & professional team who completely transformed both areas they worked on.Highly recommend ‘feel the pressure’! They promised spotless & it really was.Friendly, hard working & professional team who completely transformed both areas they worked on.Highly recommend ‘feel the pressure’! These guys came today and performed a miracle in cleaning very badly stained and dirt ingrained paths and patios. The result was up there with our most optimistic expectations and they were helpful, friendly and cooperative - despite it raining heavily whilst here! We have no hesitation, based on our experience, in recommending them. Just had our patio cleaned and it looks fantastic. Can highly recommend this professional company. Went the extra mile doing additional bits to ensure a great clean and customer satisfaction. Planning to recommend to friends and neighbourhood association. We have a number of patios and paths totalling 100 square metres, which we had built almost 15 years ago The team did a superb job returning them to look like new, removing staining and lichen and other black spots virtually completely. The treatment restored the original colour in time for our daughters wedding reception, which we’re holding at home later this month. Thank you very much indeed for delivering a very efficient and effective service. I was called back very promptly following my enquiry. The guys were very communicative and kept us in touch with arrival time etcOur patio was quite neglected with black spots .. the transformation was amazing and we are very happy with the service. Our lovely patio stones look fantastic. I would highly recommend Frank and the staff. 5 stars ! Excellent service , very friendly and efficient. My Indian stone patio looks like new again after being down for 8 years. Highly recommend . I would wholeheartedly recommend ‘Feel the Pressure’. The enthusiasm shown to complete the work to a very high standard and at a reasonable price is a sure way to continue to build success for their business. A job really well done! Great service and a great quality job. Frank went above and beyond to get our bricks cleaned against the clock as our scaffolding was coming down the next day. Would definitely recommend We had our patio cleaned today. Usually I do this myself with my karcher jet washer and had been reasonably pleased with the results. However, these guys brought my patio back to its original condition and I am absolutely delighted with the results. The two people who cleaned my patio were really professional and polite. We also have artificial grass which they did not damage, despite using chemicals. I was assured beforehand that the grass would be ok and it was. The results were spectacular. If you have any reservations about using this company to clean for you, please take it from me you have no need to worry. If they treat you (and your property) with the same care as they did for us, you will be pleased you gave them your business. Highly recommended. excellent serivce ! And a great team. theses guys did a fantastic job removing the exterior paint from the front of my house , the brick work looks amazing top lads would highly recommend thanks guys Great service for a great price. Had my Indian stone stone patio steam cleaned and looks better then new. I highly recommend this service. Booked feel the pressure for my drive way to be cleaned as i had a oil leak from my car. The service was spot, after phoning they had a member of there team round within 2 hours and they managed to get the oil up while it was still wet. Great service. Quick response. Great price. Will highly recommend to anyone needing this service. Really happy with the work that the guys done, no complaints. Thanks Excellent brick cleaning service would highly recommend this team to anyone delivered as they said and very happy with results. Fantastic service so happy with the results of the cleaning at my property, these guys done such an amazing job i have my stonework cleaned every year but has never looked so good I would highly recommend for anyone looking for pressure cleaning great results and very happy!! Excellent and efficient service!!! Very polite. Stone work looks brand new again. Very impressed would highly recommend!!! Will definitely be using your services again never seen my patio so clean would highly recommend thanks again So happy with the outcome of the finish was not expecting the red brick work on my house to look so new again highly recommend there service really team excellent service Frank and the guys did a fantastic job, not only on the sandstone floor but also our entire roof. It all looks new. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Frank did a brilliant job on our patio. It looks as good as new. Even got all those black spots out. Brilliant! I didn't even realise my patio was supposed to be different colours. It looks better than new. The guys who did the job were extremely friendly and professional and left everything clean (including the neighbours car). Really good price, high quality service.