Gardening tips: How to remove moss on drives and patios
After a long, damp winter homeowners may have stepped outside to find their once-sparking patios now covered in dirt. As the days get warmer and longer, many people will be looking to make their gardens look more aesthetically pleasing ready for Coronation parties and spring barbecues.
With this in mind, fans of cleaning expert Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their simple solution for cleaning patio slabs.
Mrs Hinch, who is also a lifestyle influencer and author, has more than 4.7 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.
Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common home and garden problems.
Facebook user Mary Gavigan posted: “Hi, any suggestions for cleaning these old patio tiles? They are about 40 years old.
“Tried washing powder and the paste and elbow grease. Any suggestions.”
The post was inundated with responses but the most suggested method was to use a patio cleaner like Wet and Forget or Spray and Leave.
Sandra Milano commented: “I used Wet and Forget on our stone steps and two weeks on, I’m pleased with the results.
“So just finished using it on our slabs. You do have to wait a bit before starting to see results but it’s so easy to use.”
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Vit Jones and Debra Badrock posted on the group both suggesting Mary used “Wet and Forget”.
Meanwhile, Sandie Dobson said: “Spray and Leave concentrate in dry weather and watch them brighten day by day.
“No hard work involved at all, kills green on flagstones, fences and all outdoor areas within hours. Wouldn’t use anything else.”
Patio cleaners can be bought online or from most hardware and DIY stores.
Spear & Jackson Spray and Leave Concentrated Mould, Algae and Moss Remover costs £21.99 from Amazon and £19.99 from Coopers of Stortford.
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Wet & Forget Mould Lichen & Algae Remover costs £18.48 from Amazon and £22.99 from eBay.
Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using bleach, a pressure washer, soda crystals and Pink Stuff cream.
Louisa Whitby said: “I would use bleach.”
Helen Edgley commented: “Could you hire a pressure washer?”
Viv Laverick agreed and posted: “Jet wash or bucket of water with bleach. Throw over flagstones and with a sweeping brush, brush like mad.”
Maura Ganly wrote: “Soda crystals with a little dish soap in hot water.
“Throw on, brush with a deck brush and hose off. It cuts through dirt and grease without bleaching.”
Sharon Gibb replied: “Try Pink Stuff cream and scrub it with a hard brush then throw a bucket of water over it.”
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