Caring for paving

How much your paving slabs will need cleaning all depends on several factors: the type of paving you have, the position of your garden, overhanging trees etc. Porous paving like some sandstones (especially honed or smooth) in shadier areas will retain more moisture and need cleaning more often. Porcelain paving will need less cleaning as it is less porous. Applying a sealer to natural stone or block paving can also make cleaning easier.

Even for low maintenance choices like porcelain, regular cleaning is still a good idea to keep on top of every day marks left by vehicles, food, grease from barbeques and acidic animal droppings.

For all paving, the best option is to brush regularly to stop any loose dirt ingraining itself within the stone. Use a stiff brush with warm soapy water or an all-purpose non-acid based patio shampoo (always checking that it is suitable for your type of paving).

Jet wash with care. Avoid jet washing on a full nozzle spray on soft natural stones and be careful not to get too close to any joints. Light jet wash concrete, including driveway blocks, only occasionally if at all, to avoid damaging the surface of the paving.

Different paving products, particularly natural stone, have specific qualities that may require certain steps to be taken to keep it looking its best. Make sure you read the product guide for any Kebur Porcelain and Natural Stone you buy, and see our tips on how to care for your paving including how to prevent and treat specific issues.

Caring for decking

Decking can become stained if it is not cleaned regularly of leaves and other debris, especially if there are overhanging trees. Sweep and clean with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Both composite and timber decking can be hosed but jet wash with caution and always test a small area first.

Timber decking will always last longer if you oil it at least once a year to prevent the wood from drying and cracking. Regular cleaning also helps to prevent the timber from becoming slippy.

Specialist cleaners are available. Always seek professional advice and read the label.

Caring for artificial turf

Remove any debris from the artificial grass, particularly leaves and pet droppings, otherwise they will compost into the surface and allow moss to grow. Sweep regularly with a stiff brush and treat moss with a moss killer where necessary. Remove any weeds by hand or spot spray with weed-killer. Please note that artificial grass is a plastic material and can be subject to damage from heat sources such as barbeques and refracted rays from glass table tops.

 

Garden with artificial turf
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