Can I do it myself?
CLEANING AND SEALING NATURAL STONE , CONCRETE BLOCK PAVING AND OTHER SURFACES
We are often asked questions like : ‘ Can I clean and seal my patio natural stone myself using your products or do I need to book a trade service specialist?’
Yes you can do it yourself easily. All our products are designed to be used by general public and there are step by step instructions on each bottle.
However before you start there are certain factors that you need to take into consideration, like:
The size of the paved area that you need to clean and seal
First of all you need to know what type of paving you have, i.e. natural stone, concrete block paving or paving slabs for example. Then you need to measure the area if you don’t have the measurement already so that you know how much product you need you to purchase. For the cleaner we can always give an average coverage, however please keep in mind that the amount of cleaner is largely depends on the state of your paving. The dirtier it is the more cleaning product you need, and more than one application maybe required in certain cases.
For the sealers please refer to this coverage chart to give you an idea.
However if you are not sure how much product you need, please do not hesitate to ask us by using ‘Ask the doctor’ functionality.
Structural damage to the surface
In some cases it may be necessary to bring in a specialist because your stone may need to be repaired first due to structural damage. Or on some occasions the stone is so deeply ingrained with dirt that it can be difficult to clean without the additional aid of high powered cleaning machines. If your stone fall into this category we are happy to recommend a specialist in your area. Simply click Services tab to ask for a recommendation.
No special equipment is generally required, for sealers you will simply need a paint roller and a tray and some clean absorbent cloths. For the cleaners a deck brush maybe good to use to agitate the cleaner on the surface and for very large areas a power washer would be helpful to save to clean the product off.
So give it a go this spring and let us know how you get on. We are always interested to see your before and after pictures and hear any feedback.
And just to illustrate how easy it is, take a look at this tongue-in-cheek video for Dry Treat Stain Proof application