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Guest contribution by Quinten O’Dea from Q&A Landscaping. Q&A Landscaping has been completing quality outdoor landscaping and hardscape projects for 13 years.

Trying to keep your patio or outdoor space clean? Your outdoor oasis deserves the best care, and in this blog, we'll provide you with expert insights and practical tips to ensure your patio remains a stunning and inviting space for years to come.

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1. Blow off debris regularly

Investing in a compact and efficient leaf blower can be a game-changer for maintaining the pristine condition of your patio. A small leaf blower can swiftly clear away debris and dirt that accumulate on the patio surface. Be sure to establish a consistent schedule, especially following windy days or storms, to ensure your patio has a cleaner look for longer.

Electric leaf blowers are an excellent choice due to their optimal power-to-weight ratio, making them both efficient and easy to handle.

Maintaining the joints and cracks of your patio is equally vital. Regular attention to these areas prevents the accumulation of debris and pesky weeds that can compromise the overall cleanliness and aesthetic appeal. You can opt for eco-friendly weed killers or take a more natural approach by manually removing debris and using a power washer.

Not only does regular debris removal keep your patio visually appealing, but it also serves as a barrier, preventing dirt and leaves from making their way into your home.

2. Maintain surrounding landscaping & plants

Keeping the surrounding landscape in order helps keep your outdoor space in pristine shape. Trim back any unwanted or overhanging trees or shrubs that may be dropping debris on the area or creating too much shade. Too much shade can cause moss to grow in some of the joints of the patio.

Avoid allowing mulch or dirt to continuously wash onto the patio from the surrounding landscape beds. Lawn clippings should also be kept off the patio as much as possible, so it’s best to clean up thoroughly after cutting bushes and the lawn.

The harmony between your patio and its surrounding landscape plays a pivotal role in maintaining its condition. Ensuring that trees and shrubs in proximity are well-groomed significantly reduces the risk of debris cluttering your outdoor space. Trim back any overhanging branches that shower the area with unwanted leaves and twigs.

Excessive shade on the patio is not just about aesthetics; it can lead to unwelcome growth of moss that undermine the overall allure.

Vigilance against the continuous influx of mulch or dirt from the surrounding landscape beds is paramount. Regular maintenance in these areas, including the installation of suitable barriers helps prevent unwanted materials from encroaching onto your patio's surface.

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3. Power washing

Most patios and outdoor spaces with weather over time. They will turn a shade or two darker every year naturally. A yearly powerwash keeps sediment and light stains from altering the richness of the original patio colors. Light power washing serves as a protective measure, preventing accumulated dirt and stains from becoming permanent blemishes.

An entry level pressure washer is plenty of power for a light cleaning like this. A yearly power wash in spring or summer will brighten your outdoor space, maintaining an inviting and intriguing area for your guests.

4. Polymeric sand

Polymeric sand needs to be replaced every 4-6 years on a paver patio depending on the location and exposure to debris. This involves a deep pressure washing of the the patio and getting all of the existing polymeric sand out of the cracks. We usually recommend a surface cleaning attachment for a thorough cleaning like this. You then sweep in your new sand and make sure to follow the specific directions to have the sand set up.

5. Sealing Patio Pavers

Consider sealing your pavers or concrete to protect the finish from stains and enrich the color. Sealers are normally sprayed on with a pump sprayer or laid with a roller. Depending on your specific surface, there are a lot of different options out there to enhance and protect your patio with a sealer. Sometimes it is nice to use one that will give you a glossy look.

BONUS TIP: Keep patio drain and nearby gutters clear/clean!

Always keep drains built into the patio area clear of any debris to allow water to properly exit the patio. Standing and puddling water can lead to mold & moss. Make sure the gutters and downspouts nearby are functioning properly to avoid excessive water entering the area. This will ensure you aren’t cleaning more debris than you have to off of your patio. patio paver, ways to clean.

In essence, a well-maintained surrounding landscape & disciplined cleaning contributes significantly to the longevity and aesthetics of your patio. Through proactive measures like trimming overhanging trees, curbing the intrusion of mulch or dirt, and vigilant cleanup after lawn maintenance, you are not only safeguarding your patio but elevating it to a realm of enduring beauty.

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