Your outdoor living patio space is a great place to relax with friends and family during the spring, summer and fall. However, it is left to sit through our hard Iowa Winter months. Maintaining your patio is essential during the winter when it can be damaged by the rain, ice or snow. If you have a custom stone patio from Richond’s Landscaping, please check out these tips for cleaning and maintaining your patio during the harsh winter season.
One of the most important tips in safeguarding your patio during winter is cleaning it. We recommend that all patio furniture be put away and stored off the patio during the winter. Heavy patio furniture can crack or fracture stone during the severe cold. Leaves left in piles on the deck are the perfect place for bugs, mold and mildew to accumulate and do damage and staining. Making sure the patio is sealed can also protect it from these things. The sealant protects your patio from rain, ice and snow.
Richmond’s Landscaping offers maintenance and cleaning services, but if you want to tackle the task yourself here are a few tips. When cleaning your stone patio surface, use a brush with a stiff bristle and scrub with water. A degreaser can be used to remove the grease and grill stains on the floor. If your patio is made of natural stone, you can scrub it with mild detergent, rinse or sweep it. Follow the cleaning directions provided by the manufacturer for best results, especially for those stones that need special care. Some of these stones, such as Limestone and Mable can be easily damaged if mishandled.
It’s very important to get rid of any mildew and mold build up; they are likely to breed during winter. Remove the buildup from cracks and tight places. Stone pavers may have small gaps between them. These small gaps can grow weeds during the warm months. Pull the small weeds and grass growing between the pavers. You can also use weed killer products to prevent further growth.
Contact Richmonds Landscaping with any questions you have about your stone paver patio. We have qualified professionals who can guide you on best ways to protect your patio and deck year round.