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How to clean paving slabs with bicarbonate of soda

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Outdoor concrete is exposed to harsh weather and lots of use, meaning it can start to look grubby quite quickly, despite lasting the test of time. Paving slabs take some care in order to continue looking sharp, and typically need a pressure washer to give them a quick blast.

However it’s not completely necessary to own a power washer, so don’t worry.

With a bit of elbow grease and some good old baking soda and vinegar, your patio will be as good as new in no time.

How often should you clean concrete paving slabs?

Most patios only need to be cleaned once a year, and spring is a good time to clear away winter mud and grime ahead of summer.

Although, if you have food stains or drips of grease from a barbecue grill, you may want to add an additional thorough cleaning throughout the fall.

How to clean paving slabs

Thankfully, only a few easy supplies are needed to clean a patio.

If the concrete is heavily stained, this method might not work and you’d probably be better off using a pressure washer and a strong commercial cleaner.

However, for the majority of stains and general maintenance of your patio slabs, you should be all good using the method below.

You just need to ensure you don’t use our vinegar and baking soda method in a power washer.

Also, pick a mild, overcast day to tackle the job, so that the cleaning solution will not evaporate too quickly.

Supplies
Distilled white vinegar
Baking soda

Tools
Broom or leaf blower
Garden hose
Sponge mop
Nylon-bristled scrub brush

Clean your whole patio and get it ready

Remove all furniture, grills, plants, and toys from the patio.

Use a broom or leaf blower to remove all loose debris and grime before using a garden hose with a spray nozzle to wet down the concrete.

Create the solution by mixing your ingredients

Pour one cup of baking soda into a plastic bucket or bowl and slowly add two cups of distilled white vinegar.

The mixture will foam up but will settle if you mix it slowly.

The consistency should be like a cream soup, meaning it is thick enough to cling to the surface but not too thick to spread.

Spread the mixture over the concrete with a sponge mop.

Depending on the size of the patio, you will probably need to double or triple the ingredients.



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