Three Major Benefits Of Pressure Washing Your Stone Patio Regularly
Stone patios can be lovely places to sit and visit with friends in the warmer weather. Unfortunately, they tend to collect a lot of dirt and debris through the year. Using a pressure washer to clean a stone patio is ideal. In fact, there are some major benefits to using a pressure washer to clean your stone patio:
Cleaning Deeper Than Ever Before
Cleaning the patio with a garden hose is fine, but it just gets the surface dirt. Dirt that has settled into the nooks and crannies of the stone pavers stays behind and actually gets compacted by the water from the garden hose. Blasting the patio with a pressure washer removes all of the compacted dirt from those tiny pits in the stone pavers, making your patio look like you had it repaved.
Blasting Away Lichen and Moss
Lichen growing on the stone pavers and moss growing in between the cracks are blasted away with a pressure washer. Neither are firmly rooted where they grow and spread, but trying to remove them by hand is a major hassle. The pressure washer uproots them and sends them into the surrounding grass without the use of chemicals.
Stopping the Growth of Plants and Weeds
Seeds, tiny ones like those belonging to dandelion weeds, can stick in a tiny pocket of dirt in a crack on your stone patio and sprout up faster than you spot them. Worse still, they manage to force their roots down through the cracks, splitting and damaging your patio. Pressure washing your patio regularly removes these nearly invisible seeds that turn into plants and weeds.
Finding, Buying, and Using a Pressure Washer
Pressure washers are sold in every hardware store and home improvement store. They may cost as little as a hundred dollars or as much as four hundred dollars for a standard washer (not a commercial one!). If you feel that you would not use a pressure washer all that much on the rest of your home and property, you can rent a pressure washer for a few dollars a day.
Using a pressure washer is fairly simple. You just connect it to your garden hose, turn on the water, plug in the washer to create pressure (and heat, if desired), and then use the sprayer wand in a side-to-side motion to clean sweep your patio. Move from one side or one corner to the opposite corner for the best cleaning effects.
Contact a company like Ben's Cleaner Sales for more information and assistance.