Power Washing a Pathway

pathway Power Washing a Pathway
Damp surfaces on decks and pathways can remain slippery and dangerous even after they are dry because algae begins to form wherever water settles. Shaded pathways are particularly difficult to keep dry and they are often times the most heavily used.
Your first step should be keeping your path or deck as dry as possible. Your second should be renting or purchasing a power washer. A power washer shoots a stream of water at a high velocity which will clean many porous surfaces of dirt, grime, oil, and in this case algae, without damaging your stone or wood. After using the power washer it is also advisable to run diluted bleach over your stones to kill any remaining algae spores. You may need to repeat this process every few months but consider it an ounce of prevention.
And don’t forget to use your safety glasses.
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  • http://www.cleanertoday.com Scott Sellinger

    A common problem with diluted bleach is that the size of the bleach molecule is too large to penetrate the roots of the algae, which is why the process has to be repeated. Consider using a mold preventative product that can kill the roots of algae and save the hassle of repeat treatments.

  • http://www.kcpowerclean.com pressure washing orange county la

    Great article… Safety first. People often underestimate how slippery their stone and walkways are until their grandparents come and visit them and take a horrific slip. When in doubt, hire a professional pressure washing service to maintain your exterior and keep it safe and clean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ultimate.washers Victor Hayes

    When using a pressure washer to clean any surface, always test to see if it is going to harm your surface (test by washing an inconspicuous area with the intended pressure and nozzle). Some softer rocks (such as limestone and pumice) may be damaged by higher pressures. Do your research for your particular type of rock and don’t use a nozzle that has too tight of a stream. Usually a 25 degree (green) nozzle is best for rock.