The Met Office has forecast that Storm Ciaran will bring strong winds, heavy rain and the risk of flooding from Wednesday and households have been told to prepare for potential damage to their properties. Mud, dirt and grime caused by bad weather can ruin the appearance of your home, particularly your patio, and can even reduce the value of your home.
With this in mind, Dave Downing, patio expert and director of Patio Awnings 4 Less has revealed a 29p hack that can be used to effectively clean your patio with ease – using a solution of white vinegar. His tips are below.
How to use white vinegar on your patio
1 – Before applying the cleaning solution, it is recommended to declutter your patio of furniture and sweep the surface to clear any loose dirt and debris.
2 – Mix together one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle or a bucket then apply the solution and let it sit for 20 minutes.
3 – After 20 minutes, scrub the patio vigorously with a thick bristle garden brush and rinse away the solution with clear water and let the surface dry before replacing the furniture.
Tips for effectively cleaning your patio with white vinegar
- Test in a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it works without damaging the patio
- You can also add one part baking soda to the solution to make the solution more effective
- Do not use the vinegar solution on patio slabs made of limestone as the acid will permanently damage the surface
How does white vinegar work to clean your patio?
The acetic acid in white vinegar acts as a powerful cleaning agent that can correct discolouration and remove tough marks caused by wear and tear on your patio. This is especially useful to do following bad weather when mud, rain and fallen leaves are more likely to affect the appearance of your patio slabs.
The best part of using white vinegar to clean your patio is that it is a very budget-friendly option with great results.
How much white vinegar costs in popular supermarkets:
Tesco – 29p
Sainsbury’s – 40p
Asda – £1.25
Morrisons – £1.89
Aldi – 29p