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Help with Tile and Stone  >  Patio and Driveway Cleaning
Patio and Driveway Cleaning

Patio Cleaning covers a whole range of materials from precast concrete, all types of rough, textured or smooth honed stone to Porcelain and Victorian Tiled paths, as such you may get conflicting advice from other companies and people who either have very little experience in how to clean these types of Stone and tiles or they are using a wide brush to clean them all. If your not sure what type of material you have a photograph of your patio to to info@TileDoctor.co.uk along with approximate measurements and we will get back to you with the correct advice.

Tile Doctor has published detailed maintenance information for all tile and stone so if you know what material you patio is made from then I would recommend you refer to those pages directly as they cover the most applicable techniques. The only exception being the choice of sealer as not all sealers can cope with the low temperatures in the UK.

Patio Power Washing

Our first thought when cleaning patios is to use a Pressure Washer which are an ideal tool for removing debris and cutting through soiling. These machines can be very powerful however so we recommend testing the machine in an inconspicuous area first. This will allow you to adjust the spray of water from a thin to wide fan and work out the best setting to avoid making lance marks or knocking out the grouting/mortar during use. Some machines include a "Spinning Attachment" which are very effective at cleaning patios and well worth the extra money.
Power Washing a large patio in Northamtonshire with an industrial pressure washing machine

For treating stubborn stains we recommend using a product called Remove and Go, which is a ready to use spray 1ltr will cover about 15m2 of tiles and stone, ( keep away from spraying your plants ) it will damage old sealer if there is a sealer present, so if there is a sealer present don't use this product, instead just use water from the Power washer on a wide fan and this will clean the surface without causing any damage. If the sealer is past is best its best and needs to be removed then try a small test area using Remove and Go, follow the instructions on the back of the bottle for best results. Rinse with water and leave to fully dry before you re-seal, usually we recommend a full 24 hours of drying before you would re-seal.

Black Limestone Issues

When it comes to external stone Black Limestone deserves a special mention. Its a very attractive stone that can be sourced very cheaply for as little as £20m2 or less. Having said that we don't recommend this stone for external use and buyers need to be wary as its not an easy stone to maintain due to Limestone being being very sensitive to acids. Use of brick acids and harsh chemicals on this stone can quite literally bleach the black oils in the stone and damage the surface leaving it looking grey. Strong power washing and bad weather can also degrade the appearance of the stone.

Click the following link to read more about maintaining Black Limestone.

Sealing, To seal or not to seal ?

Outdoor stone doesn't require a seal, in nature it is not sealed, it looks great when it wet and a bit dull when its dry, if you power wash in the spring and again in summer this is all you have to do to it, no need for any chemicals if there is no sealer present.

If you do decide to seal, make sure the stone is free from existing sealers and is clean and as dust free as possible. Check the weather forecast before applying as new sealer will not take kindly to rain upon its surface until it has been fully cured (normally 24 hours ). Always seal on a warm day, it doesn't have to be sunny, in fact direct sunlight on a bright day can dry out the seal to quickly. You need a warm, slightly cloudy day with no hint of rain, not just on the day you seal but the following day as you will need a full 24 hours for the new sealer to fully cure, although you should be able to lightly walk on the stone or tiles with in 4 to 6 hours.

Always conduct a small test on a small area before you seal the whole, this will indicate how the sealed stone will look and make sure the sealer is compatible with the stone and recommended for external use.

Once sealed don't use any strong cleaners such as Bleach, Flash or everyday cleaners which are not pH neutral as these will degrade the new sealer prematurely. We see this problem a lot at Tile Doctor so we created a Neutral Cleaner especially for cleaning sealed tile and stone surfaces. This product can be applied with your power washer using a wide fan.

How long does a sealer last outside. Many factors will effect the longevity of a sealer applied externally. The most significant being the weather. Temperatures below minus 5 degrees can lead to the sealer disintegrating and if this happens it will need removing come the spring.

Sealing Products Recommended for External use

  • Colour Grow is a colour enhancing matt finish sealer this can be used on any stone, rough, semi riven or honed. Its fully breathable and frost proof up to but not exceeding minus 5 degrees.
  • Ultra Seal is a natural look matt finish sealer, once fully dry the stone will not look any different to how it looked before. With a similar specification to Colour Grow it can be used on any type of stone, rough, semi, riven, honed and polished. This product is also a good grout sealer as it doesn't darken the tone of the grout line.
  • Seal and Go Extra is a low sheen satin finish sealer. As well as providing protection it brings out the colour of the tile or stone, however if the area is flooded with water slip resistance will be lost resulting in the sealed becoming slippy and a potential hazard. Most patios are fitted with a slight slope to allow water to run off naturally so this shouldn't be a problem, again test first before fully sealing the whole area to check for suitability.

Please note: Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles generally don't require sealing but the grout will benefit from an application of sealer. Therefore we recommend Tile Doctor Ultra Seal for use along the grout lines. This is best applied with a pipette to save mess or it can be brushed on but if using this method make sure to polish off any excess from the adjacent tile or stone using a clean cloth.

For many examples of Patio and Driveway cleaning activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit https://patio.tilecleaning.co.uk.

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Ask the Tile Doctor
If you have a problem with your Tile and Stone why not ask the Tile Doctor for advice.

Contact us for a personal solution to your tile installation problem by calling us on 0345 512 0122 or e-mail Info@TileDoctor.co.uk. Please include as much detail about your issue as possible and if you feel it will help attach a photograph. Our Tile Doctor have many years of experience of dealing with the typical issues that people experience and were confident we can find the right solution.


Alternately take a look at one of our dedicated sites below where we detail real examples of issues faced by our customers and how they were resolved.

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