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PATIO MAINTENANCE: JET WASHING AND RE-JOINTING TIPS

Your patio is the heart of your outdoor living space, a place where you relax, entertain, and connect with nature. Over time, exposure to the elements and regular use can take a toll on your patio's appearance and functionality. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your patio looking beautiful and functional for years to come. In this post, we'll explore two essential patio maintenance tasks: jet washing and re-jointing and provide you with tips to keep your outdoor space in top condition.

JET WASHING YOUR PATIO

Step 1: Preparation

 

Before you begin jet washing, clear the patio of any furniture, potted plants, or obstacles. Sweep away loose debris and leaves to ensure a clean surface. If you have access to a power source, ensure your pressure washer is connected and ready to go.

 

Step 2: Test a Small Area

 

Before tackling the entire patio, test a small, inconspicuous area to determine the appropriate pressure setting for your pressure washer. Start with a lower pressure setting and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired results without damaging the surface.

 

Step 3: Begin Jet Washing

 

Start jet washing at one end of the patio and work your way across in a consistent pattern. Hold the nozzle at a slight angle to the surface to avoid gouging or etching the material. Keep a steady pace, ensuring that you cover the entire area evenly.

 

Step 4: Remove Stains

 

For stubborn stains or algae growth, you may need to use a pressure washer detergent or a mild cleaning solution. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the detergent, and rinse thoroughly afterward.

 

Step 5: Rinse and Dry

 

After jet washing, thoroughly rinse the patio with clean water to remove any detergent residue. Allow the patio to dry completely before re-jointing or resealing.

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RE-JOINTING YOUR PATIO

Step 1: Inspection

 

Inspect the joints between the patio pavers or stones. Over time, jointing material can erode or become loose, leading to uneven surfaces, and weed growth.

 

Step 2: Remove Old Material

 

Use a stiff brush or a jointing rake to remove any loose or deteriorated jointing material from the gaps between the pavers or stones. Be thorough in clearing the joints.

 

Step 3: Re-Jointing Material

 

Select a suitable jointing material, such as ‘A-Joint Ready – Paving Grouting (Jointing Compound). Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing and application. Ensure that the joints are filled evenly, and excess material is removed promptly.

 

Step 4: Compact and Cure

 

Use a compactor or tamper to gently press down on the jointing material to ensure it settles properly. Allow the jointing material to cure according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

 

Step 5: Seal the Joints

 

Consider applying a jointing sealer to help lock the jointing material in place and deter weed growth. Follow the product instructions for application.

 

Regular maintenance of your patio, including jet washing and re-jointing, will not only enhance its appearance but also extend its lifespan. At JW Elliott Landscapes, we understand the importance of a well-maintained outdoor space. If you need assistance with patio maintenance or any other landscaping services, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you create and maintain the outdoor space of your dreams.

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