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How To Clean Natural Stone Slabs: Your Go-To Guide

how to clean natural stone slabs

Natural stones are wonderful materials that can be used inside and outside of the home. For worktops, natural stone is strong and hardy.  For outdoor surfaces, natural stone can create a unique and good-looking garden path or patio area. 

For the most part, natural stone is a good choice for outdoor landscaping, but it does come with one massive catch - the maintenance requirement is significant. 

Natural stones are difficult to keep clean, and if you enjoy spending time in your garden on a regular basis, then you’ll want your garden surfaces to be looking good. 

If you’re tired of your garden slabs looking more drab than eye-catching, then our six top tips and tricks for how to clean natural stone slabs are here to help.

Let’s dive straight into our tips, so you can enjoy a cleaner, fresher looking garden space:

Tip One: Make Sure the Area is Completely Clear

Before you clean your natural stone slabs, it’s essential that you clear out any garden furniture, potted plants, or surface decorations. A clear area will be much easier and less messy to work with than a cluttered area. 

The natural stone slabs should be swept fully before you apply any water to the area, to minimise the amount of dirt and debris.

how to clean natural stone slabs

Many people choose to seal their natural stone paving to help reduce the cleaning required to keep the slabs looking good. A sealant is easy to apply and can protect against common stains, such as grease and oil

Tip Two: Get a Deep Clean with a Power Washer

A power washer is a great tool for a deep slab clean. The strength of the water jet will make sure most of the stubborn dirt and grime is removed from your slabs. 

When power washing your slabs, it’s important not to focus the power washer on the joints between the slabs, or you’ll find that they start to wear down very quickly.

Tip Three: Considering Sealing the Slabs 

Many people choose to seal their natural stone paving to help reduce the cleaning required to keep the slabs looking good. A sealant is easy to apply and can protect against common stains, like grease and oil.

There are many natural stone sealants on the market that are designed to work with the different stone varieties. 

Tip Four: Avoid all Bleach Products

Bleach is a great multipurpose cleaning product, but when it comes to your natural stone slabs, it’s best to avoid. Using undiluted bleach, or even a bleach spray, will remove the seal that you worked hard to apply to your natural stone surface.

Acid-based cleaners and natural cleaning solutions that contain substances like lemon, can also erode the surface of natural stone, so it’s best to avoid them. 

how to clean natural stone slabs

Many moss treatments will help to remove existing moss and mould and provide added protection throughout the year. However, a trowel often proves just as effective

Tip Five: Apply a Moss and Mould Treatment to the Slabs

Applying a moss and mould treatment to your natural home slabs is another way to reduce the maintenance required and tackle the common problem of moss destroying the beauty of a stone surface.

Many moss treatments will help to remove existing moss and mould and provide added protection throughout the year. 

Tip Six: Use the Right Method to Remove Different Stains

Natural stone slabs are prone to staining, so knowing how to address stains quickly is necessary if you want to retain the attractive stone look.

Each type of stain needs to be handled in a different way so it’s worth reading up on the most common stains, and making sure that you have the necessary products on hand to tackle the stain before it destroys the look of your slabs.

how to clean natural stone slabs

With a resin bound garden surface you don’t need to worry about surface puddles, there’s no weeds to deal with, and the surface is resistent to stains. Result!

Maintenance Getting Too Much? Here’s What to Do…

Natural stone may look great, but the maintenance requirements can very easily become too much to handle, especially if you are trying to retain a good-looking garden surface.

If you’re sick and tired of extensive natural stone maintenance, why not consider a different type of exterior stone surface?

Resin bound surfaces are a whole different take on the classic stone outdoor surface, with modern design options and a very modern take on maintenance. A resin bound surface is constructed by combining natural aggregate with resin, to create a crack-resistent, attractive, and strong exterior surface.

These low-maintenance surfaces are designed to look highly appealing with minimal input, which is great for anyone who would prefer to spend time relaxing rather than cleaning!

With a resin bound garden surface you don’t need to worry about surface puddles, there’s no weeds to deal with, and the surface is resistent to stains. 

For a different take on natural beauty, without the requirement of hours of maintenance, resin bound surfacing is a great outdoor surfacing alternative. 

Want to know more about resin bound surfaces, or get a free quotation for a new resin bound surface? Talk to our team today on 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, click the button below to get the ball rolling today!