When it comes to cleaning ‘hard’ landscapes areas like a driveways, patios, or paths in your garden and outside area, it can begin getting very complicated in how to actually do this.
These appear to be beyond a simple clean-up, and demand some form of special external help to really get these areas scrubbed-up, and maybe even replaced and renewed if they’re beyond redemption.
But don’t panic, it can be a lot easier than what you might at first think.
And to help break this down, there are three simple stages you can immediately look into, all beginning with the letter ’S’:
Bog standard really, but grab a brush and simply start sweeping the areas to see how they come up - you’ll be amazed how this can work a treat a lot of the time.
Make sure this is a good, large, and stiff brush capable for outside areas, and be aware of having to take time to do this with strong strokes of brushing.
And if there’s lots of debris to sweep, you may need to have a shovel and bag easily to hand to regularly clear these away rather than struggle with moving ever-increasing piles of rubbish around.
This is a more old fashioned word you don’t hear so much of nowadays, and involves splashing water along an area.
So this art of ‘swilling’ may simply involve a bucket of water being used, or a more thorough hosepipe of water.
Whichever form it is, try and move the water in the horizontal direction of the hard area to keep the momentum, as after all this is designed to move any debris along out of the way.
And make sure this heads in the right direction, ideally downhill away from things and allowing the water and debris to naturally drain away.
The final one is for difficult cases where it’s going to take some effort to move the culprit - whether mess stuck to the blocks or hard surface, or those in between say patio slabs and paving blocks.
This might be possible with an even stiffer brush and elbow grease, or getting down on your hands and knees with a scrubbing brush and bucket of water.
For real difficult ones you may require special substances with the water as well, and don’t forget to make sure a final wash-down sweep or swill is completed afterwards.
This is kind of where your typical jet-wash falls into - a pressure water spray along with a form of scrubbing to really get things looking how they should.
The Easy Way to Clean Hard Landscaped Areas
We often come across these types of problems when dealing with people’s landscaped and garden areas, particularly towards the end when everything is to look well presented. Suddenly those marked block paving slabs or overgrown gaps can stick out like a sore thumb.
But these above three stages help immediately look into what may be easily possible. With the right equipment and a few minutes effort, you can soon start getting these looking like what they should do.
And even if you can’t complete this and it needs further professional input, at least you’ve tried and you have helped clear the obvious issues and rattle-down to the core ones.
You can now bring in the experts and go through with them directly or take some photos and send across to them.
Luscious Landscapes have contributed this post, local landscapers and gardeners covering Birmingham and the West Midlands for all forms of domestic and commercial garden and landscape services.