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Prevent Mold on Your Patio

Prevent Mold on Your Patio

Florida has a wet, hot landscape. This means that we basically welcome the growth of mold and mildew in our outdoor living spaces. Mold and mildew need dust, organic material, and other items in order to grow and prosper. These are the kinds of materials you can find around Florida. But, what’s the best way to prevent this nasty buildup on your patio?

Pressure Washing

This is the most popular way to clean your patio. It’s quick, and you can use whatever soap or vinegar mixture that’s non-toxic and works best for your yard. Remember, though, that pressure washing can be really damaging to your patio. Many designers and home builders actually recommend avoiding power washing because it can strip paints and other colors that make your patio stand out and look beautiful. If you still want to get the job done quickly, set your pressure washer below 1500psi. This helps prevent paint and color stripping, and it’ll allow your patio to last longer. Also, if you have pavers, you won’t need to worry as much about grout and sand washing out because of hig-pressure water being sprayed at them.

Copper Liquid Solution

To prevent mold in the most all-natural way, so online and shop for a copper liquid solution. Copper is a great material to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. It’s an all-natural biocide, which means it prevents the mold and mildew from growing. You can find copper already existing in your body to assist with the production of iron, and most multivitamins actually have trace amounts of copper in them.

Copper sulfate crystals can be found online; these are the best solution if you want to be able to still use some sort of water solution. Purchase the crystals online, mix with water, and go to work. Make sure the concrete is absolutely dry before applying the solution. Concrete, patios, and pavers will soak the copper in while you wash them. This allows the copper to settle and do its job at top performance.

You’ll need to do either of these treatments multiple times per year. Power washing generally takes more time and needs to be done more often, and it can eventually damage your outdoor space. Keep this in mind when you consider the copper option, which is all-natural and won’t damage your patio. If you’re concerned about starting this project on your own, contact a professional and get some advice.