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The importance of patio cleaning

The importance of patio cleaning

Graeme Todd |

The Importance of Annual Patio Cleaning: A Spotlight on Moss-Go

As homeowners, we often focus on maintaining the interiors of our houses, but the exteriors, particularly patios, also require regular attention. A clean, well-maintained patio not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space but also ensures safety and longevity. One crucial aspect of patio maintenance is the annual removal of moss and algae, and there’s no better product for this task than Moss-Go. Here's why annual cleaning and using Moss-Go should be part of your home maintenance routine.

Why Clean Your Patio Annually?

1. Safety Concerns: Moss and algae can create slippery surfaces, particularly when wet. This makes your patio a hazardous area, increasing the risk of slips and falls. By removing these growths annually, you can ensure a safer environment for your family and guests.

2. Aesthetic Appeal: A patio covered in green moss or black algae can look unsightly. Regular cleaning helps maintain the beauty of your outdoor space, making it a pleasant area for relaxation and entertaining.

3. Preventing Damage: Moss and algae can hold moisture against the surface of your patio, which can lead to the deterioration of materials over time. Whether your patio is made of  stone, or concrete, prolonged exposure to moisture can cause cracks, rot, and other structural damages.

Water ingress caused by root development cracks from moss and algae will swell at freezing temperatures. This causes cracks to form reducing the lifespan of your patio.

4. Health Benefits: Moss and algae can contribute to poor air quality around your home and may exacerbate allergies. Keeping these growths in check helps maintain a healthier environment for everyone.

Should I use sodium hypochlorite or bleach to clean my patio?

Simple answer -NO

For years sodium hypochlorite patio cleaners have been used by the public and trade to clean a variety of surfaces. Although offering a quick result which looks aesthetically pleasing within a couple of hours there are many dangers and downsides of these products.

Sodium hypochlorite is very alkaline and strips a small layer from the surface. Iron deposits in stone are dissolved causing small cavities. These cavities are the ideal place for organic material to build up and create the perfect habitat for moss and algae to grow in.

These small cavities also harbour moisture which at freezing temperatures will swell and cause cracking.

What does Moss-Go contain?

Moss-Go is formulated with a blend of surfactants and micro-encapsulated salts. This formulation penetrates deep under the organic residues like moss and algae lifting it, leaving a clean surface