Caring for your paving
How much your stone will need cleaning all depends on several factors: the type of stone 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 and sealed stone will need less cleaning as they are less porous.
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.
Brush your patio 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 to get too close to any joints. Light jet wash concrete only occasionally 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.
Here is our guide to how to care for your paving including how to prevent and treat specific issues.