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Stone Patio Care: 3 Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Oasis Clean All Summer

$50
2 Hours
Easy

Do you want to keep your patio looking awesome all summer?
Me too. There's nothing more embarrassing than patio stones covered in dirt and surrounded by moss & weeds. I've made the mistake of thinking that power washing will do the trick and solve all my patio woes.
After learning my lesson I employed these 3 things to help keep maintenance to a minimum:
+Adding polymeric sand between stones or pavers
+Using Wet & Forget to cut down on dirt, moss, and bird droppings
+Spraying pesky weeds with a kid-safe mixture of white vinegar & dishwashing soap
I conducted a 9 month experiment with Wet & Forget to see if it actually works. The lower portion of our two-tiered patio got treated while the upper half did not. And there was a huge difference. Even my wife remarked on the striking results of Wet & Forget.
If you're like my family and constantly on the run (kids sports, picnics, work stuff, etc.) and don't have time to constantly clean your outdoor space you should check out the step-by-step tutorial I put together at http://www.homerepairtutor.com/stone-patio-care/
Do you have any tips of your own?
Wet & Forget, Polymeric Sand, and White vinegar will help keep your patio looking great all summe long
Wet & Forget, Polymeric Sand, and White vinegar will help keep your patio looking great all summe long
Spread polymeric sand onto your patio stones and brush it between them with a broom
Spread polymeric sand onto your patio stones and brush it between them with a broom
Remove excess polymeric sand with a leaf blower
Remove excess polymeric sand with a leaf blower
Mix 1 part Wet & Forget with 5 parts water. Add this to a garden sprayer and mist your stones & polymeric sand.
Mix 1 part Wet & Forget with 5 parts water. Add this to a garden sprayer and mist your stones & polymeric sand.
Untreated patio stones that didn't get Wet & Forget
Untreated patio stones that didn't get Wet & Forget
Treated patio stones that did get Wet & Forget
Treated patio stones that did get Wet & Forget
Apply white vinegar to weeds when the sun is the strongest and you'll eliminate them
Apply white vinegar to weeds when the sun is the strongest and you'll eliminate them
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  • Susan Cryor
    on Nov 3, 2013

    oh, thanks! Not an issue here, I just have earth worms in the expansion lines of stamped concrete patio. Previous owner put on a glaze, it is worn off, do not want the slippery surface again! Will pressure wash off mold and call it good

  • Adriana Ross
    on Feb 18, 2015

    :D

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