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    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 26th Mar 05, 10:12 AM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 10:12 AM
    bleach in warm water, pour it on and brush with a stiff brush, is also great for getting rid of that slimy green stuff that appears on mine sometoimes,


    • chocomonsta
    • By chocomonsta 26th Mar 05, 11:33 AM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 11:33 AM
    i also use bleach to clean my patio which is all grey concrete.

    Just mix a generous squeeze or two of bleach into a watering can, fill it up with cold water and water the patio. It doesnt need to be rinsed off. The rain seems to clear it and after a day or 2 the patio comes up really bright. I used to scrub with a yard brush, but this works just as well. Hope this helps
    • elona
    • By elona 26th Mar 05, 12:20 PM
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    We use neat bleach as we can get it at Netto for 1.49 for 5 litres.
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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 26th Mar 05, 12:42 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 12:42 PM
    Or borrow a pressure washer - notold fashioned but chemical free.
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 26th Mar 05, 2:09 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:09 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:09 PM
    I used bleach on mine last year and the result was very good.
    • student100
    • By student100 26th Mar 05, 2:27 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:27 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:27 PM
    Pressure washer is the way to go...much less elbow grease and kinder to the garden than bleach. But not very "old style".

    My grandma used to hire my services with dad's pressure washer once a year for a while to do her patio
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    • Poppy9
    • By Poppy9 26th Mar 05, 2:29 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:29 PM
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    • 26th Mar 05, 2:29 PM
    I use a pressure washer but beware it throws up muck on you if it doesn't have a shield thingy (yes that is a tech term ). I also find it quite a slow process. Pouring on bleach and leaving sounds good and less time consuming
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    • 26th Mar 05, 3:22 PM
    Thank You
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    • 26th Mar 05, 3:22 PM
    A big thank you to eveyone who replied. Although I don't like using bleach, you have all convinced me that is what I should use. I am going out very soon to buy loads of it to use it on my patio. I especially love the idea of not having to work very hard to clean it . Just one last question is it better to spray it with thin or thick bleach?
    • student100
    • By student100 26th Mar 05, 6:36 PM
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    Thin bleach I would have thought. Thick bleach has lots of stuff (detergent, thickner, scent etc) added to make it better for cleaning toilets but there's not much point using it for the garden. Also if you use thin bleach most of the bleach will eventually evaporate whereas thick bleach could leave chemicals left on your slabs.
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    • prophecy_grrl
    • By prophecy_grrl 1st Jan 07, 1:01 PM
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    o/s method for cleaning patio/path
    Hi all

    Can anybody recommend a good (but cheap) way to clean patio slabs and paths please? There is green algae type stuff growing on mine (plus puppy likes to do his business out there)

    I have been using dettol mixed with water, and have also tried washing up liqiud but doesn't seem to do much good. I haven't got a tap out the garden so am relying on running back and fore with buckets

    Any ideas gratefully received
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  • Gingham Ribbon
    I had the same problem last spring. I don't know how large an area it is or what your health is like but the way I did it was to take a hard bristled broom and some hot water with a splash of washing up liquid and just scrub it. I did it a slab at a time and did it over a few days. They came up beautifully. They are desperate need of doing again but at 7 months pregnant I'm not in a hurry.
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    • Lizzieanne
    • By Lizzieanne 1st Jan 07, 1:29 PM
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    I had a similar problem with the decking in my garden - parts of it were covered with green moss and algae. The cleaners you can buy in the DIY stores were full of chemicals and instructed you to keep animals away whilst it was wet.
    In the end, I used a bucket of hot water with ordinary soap powder in it and a hard bristled broom. The deck came up spotlessly clean (smelt nce, too!)
    We now scrub it once a year in the spring.
    • gingin
    • By gingin 1st Jan 07, 1:42 PM
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    I'm exactly the same as Gingham Ribbon and Lizzieanne and just use really hot buckets of water and scrub with a good bristled old fashioned broom. It takes a lot of elbow grease but is worth it in the end.
    • Tuttifruitty Theresa
    • By Tuttifruitty Theresa 1st Jan 07, 2:20 PM
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    Tuttifruitty Theresa
    i always use washing powder and as the others say a good strong bristle broom.

    • hardpressed
    • By hardpressed 1st Jan 07, 9:16 PM
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    Has anybody used the stuff that you can buy by mail order that you just wipe on and it's supossed to clean itself? It about 11 a bottle, not money saving I know but it says you can clean tombstones as well, it would be much cheaper than getting a stone mason to do it.
    • prophecy_grrl
    • By prophecy_grrl 2nd Jan 07, 8:42 PM
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    Hi everyone

    Thanks for all your ideas for me to clean the patio - I had been using cold water so aim for this weekend is to get the hot water and washing up liquid on the go!

    Thanks again
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 3rd Jan 07, 7:06 AM
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    Direct from the Cleaning section of the MEGA Index sticky we have:-

    Driveways and Paths:
    - Drive - Cleaning car oil
    - Drive - Paint
    - Path - stone
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    • freda
    • By freda 3rd Jan 07, 8:01 AM
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    Jeyes fluid and a stiff broom works a treat. Follow the instructions on the packet, keep cats out of the garden till its dry. Looks miles better - not straight away, the next day I found.
    • Penny Watcher
    • By Penny Watcher 3rd Jan 07, 8:47 AM
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    Can you beg/steal/borrow a pressure washer?

    We have one and it's blimmin' fantastic and uses no chemicals, but blasts all the stuff off the paths and deck.

    However don't ever let Mr prophecy_grrl play with it. See evidence below of "Man Cleaning".

    Plus many more square metres of squiggles Grrrrr!

    This is what happened when I asked Mr Watcher to clean the path. I now HAVE to clean it. If he'd just done nothing then I could have left it until the better weather. It's a bit like when you clean a stain off the carpet and then realise that you'll have to clean the rest.

    But you can see that it cleans the muck off really easily.

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