Removing Stains from your Stone Paving
Maintain your paving and keep it looking like new by cleaning and removing stains. Whether you have laid limestone paving, stone paving or some other paving material, there are ways to remove common stains and growths such as oil spills and weeds. While we are offering general advice for maintaining paving here, we strongly recommend that the application of any treatment should be carried out on a small inconspicuous area first and also, that the relevant manufacturer’s instructions are strictly followed as paving materials may vary and the manufacturer will know their material best.
Cleaning dirt from paving:
When it comes to general cleaning of your paving, it is best to give your paving a good scrubbing with a stiff brush accompanied by mild detergent and hot water.
If you wish to use a power hose, you should observe the following:
• Remove loose debris with a stiff brush.
• Test hose on a small area first.
• The hose should be held approximately at a 30 degree angle (no more than 30 degrees) on a medium pressure setting.
• Any jointing that is removed should be replaced.
• Don’t point the hose directly at the joint or grout.
Weeds, Moss and Lichen:
Moss, Lichen and Algae grows naturally but favours damp, heavily shaded areas. These growths can be easily controlled as long as they are treated regularly. These growths should be treated as soon as they appear.
• Scrape off any thick growths and discard them.
• Weed and grass growths need to be attacked with an appropriate weed killer (use in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions).
• These products may take some time to work and will be more effective when applied during dry weather (in particular Spring and Autumn).
• Moss, Lichen, etc need to be treated with a water based fungicide and algaecide.
Oil will penetrate readily into a paved area and can be stubborn to remove; this makes it crucial that you act as soon as you spot the oil.
• It is important that you identify the source of the oil and to remove it (i.e. oil leaking from a car engine).
• Use a dry cloth or kitchen roll to absorb as much of the oil as possible by “blotting” the stain. Avoid rubbing the oil as this will spread it over a larger area.
• When the excess oil has been removed, spread the area with an absorbent substance such as talcum powder.
• Leave the stain for a further 24 hours and repeat until the powder has absorbed as much of the stain as possible.
• If stain persists on a paving slab, it may be best to replace the slab with a paving slab from a less prominent area, or purchase a new paving slab in its place.
Whether you need to replace a few paving slabs, are considering replacing your existing paving or are looking to pave a new area, S & N granite will provide you with the best advice for your location and to suit your requirements. Contact us now to speak to an expert or call by our showrooms and see our new paving display area, in Camolin in County Wexford.