What Are The Black Spots on My Patio ?
To understand if it is possible and how to remove black spots from your patio it’s important to first of all identify what these unsightly black spots actually are.
Did you know that the black spots that appear and begin to grow on your patio or on your stonework are actually spots of black lichen?
What is a lichen? A lichen is not a single organism. In it’s most basic form a lichen is a symbiotic association between a fungus and algae and/or cyanobacteria or a relationship between a fungus and an algae harmonising as one unit. The spores from the black lichen start begin as tiny dust-like spores growing on the underside of leaves on trees and plants. The spores are then carried either by wind and rain, onto your patio and stonework in millions.
How Do I Get Rid of Black Spots On My Patio?
You can easily find lots of products, all of which claim to be the best way to clean or remove black spots from your patio. However our professional experiences, and having met with hundreds of homeowners is that brushing, scrubbing, and even power-washing can have little effect on getting rid of black spots and lichens.
You may be an avid DIY’er, gardener or very hands on – but either way when it comes to removing lichens and black spots from your patio it’s important to note that abrasive material or tools will very likely cause damage to your paving, maybe even permanently so. Unless you are a professional cleaning contractor, like DSW Cleaning; using expensive abrasive pastes, powders and potions will not work. We would also strongly advise against using any acidic based black spot removal products. These acid based black spot removal products can have a catastrophic and usually irrreversable imapct on some paving stones.
Call The Professionals
To safely and prefessionally clean your patio or stonework and remove unsightly black spots which are notoriously hard to remove, the best option may be to contact a specialist exterior cleaning service. Why? Because high street products, although easily available are costly and larely ineffective. Acid soloutions are dangerous to handle and risk damage to any plant life or soft scaping. A patio or driveway cleaning specialist can remove unsightly black spots leaving you to simply enjoy your refreshed outdoor space.