Keep your natural stone paving looking its best by keeping it well maintained. If it starts to get overrun with weeds, moss, marks & stains and if they are left to settle in, then the stone will begin to get stained and damage will start to set it. When cleaning your stone paving be careful of the products you use, as some common cleaning methods or products may not be suitable and may mark or stain your paving slabs or your stone paving driveway.
After a patio or driveway is fitted there may be some small concrete stains or other stains left from installing the paving. Some people go straight ahead and use some type of chemical to remove this, but you must be careful, as acid based products will not be suitable for certain types of stone. One such acid based product, often used for removing concrete stains is usually suitable for sandstone paving but never for limestone paving. So always read the manufacturer’s instructions in full before using any cleaning products on your natural stone paving.
Another area that can often lead to damage of paving is the use of a power washer. Yes, it usually will take hard to shift stains off quickly and make cleaning the paving easier but it can cause damage. Power washing can sometimes blast away the surface particles of the stone. So it may make things easier in the short term but in the long term it may make the stone more absorbent and difficult to clean. A hose could be used if kept down to a low power level and care must be taken when cleaning the jointing. To avoid damage to your stone paving the simple use of a bucket of soapy water and a stiff brush is often the best solution.
At S&N Granite we offer a wide range of natural stone products such as paving slabs, Indian sandstone paving and limestone paving. If you have any questions on cleaning your stone paving or finding out which paving is more durable for your project, contact us, or drop into our showrooms and see our new paving display area in Camolin, County Wexford, less than an hour from Dublin.