A patio is one of the most used areas of the garden and can deteriorate very quickly! When it comes to keeping your patio free of moss and grime then you will need to clean it once and a while, especially after winter months due to the lack of sun! In this article, we are going to reveal our thoughts on the best patio cleaners and sealers.
If you have a new patio that has recently been laid then you will want to go to the bottom half of this article for a premium patio sealer. If your patio is old and needs to be cleaned then we have some excellent options for all types of patios from concrete, stone to sandstone!
*Please note: You cannot use patio cleaners on decking boards. For more about restoring old decking boards then read our guide to restoring decking boards!
- 1 Aged Patios
- 2 When To Use A Patio Sealer
- 3 The Best Patio Cleaners!
- 4 #1 Pro-Kleen Patio Cleaner
- 5 #2 “Bond-It” Brick & Patio Acid-based Cleaner
- 6 #3 Wet & Forget
- 7 The Best Patio Sealers
- 8 #1 Everbuild EVBPAT5 405 Path & Patio Seal
- 9 #2 Pro-Kleen Patio Seal
- 10 Tips When Cleaning & Sealing Yout Patio!
- 11 We want Your Patio Feedback!
If your patio has become green in places and looks worse for wear then you should use a good acid based patio cleaner. With many of the patio cleaners currently on the market containing basic cleaning solutions such as bleach and detergents.
What has been proven to remove grime and other noticeable ageing marks from patios and bricks is Hydrochloric Acid. If you are searching for a decent brick and patio cleaning solution then it must contain this type of acid. Anything else will not work and you will be scrubbing for hours with not much of an improvement!
When To Use A Patio Sealer
Once you have successfully cleaned your patio, you must seal it against the elements. Once your patios have been sealed it will be much harder for moss and stains to grip to the brick, sandstone or cement! It also protects it from BBQ grease, discolouring and various stains! A sealed patio will:
- Keeps the colour of the sandstone fresh
- Protect it from grease, bird poo and moss
- Keep it waterproof and the elements out!
The Best Patio Cleaners!
These patio cleaning brands are listed from best to average. Obviously, the best products have been listed first with our second and third options still producing good results.
#1 Pro-Kleen Patio Cleaner
The Pro-Kleen brand is well known and rated extremely high on many marketplaces such as eBay & Amazon! You simply pour the mixture over the patio give it a scrub and wait for 30 minutes for the mixture to take effect. When the 30 minutes is up you give it a final scrub and hose the residue off!
- Highly rated
- Pour and wait 30 minutes
- Can be used on all hard surfaces & walls!
- Rating 5/5
#2 “Bond-It” Brick & Patio Acid-based Cleaner
The Bond-it brand offers a huge library of products! But, what we are impressed with is their patio and brick cleaner. The main ingredient is Hydrochloric Acid which stripes away any grime, grease and moss. It is very simple to use, you apply to the affected area and leave for 30/45 minutes.
You will notice the grime and moss disappearing after a few minutes, but to be sure you have removed all the grime we would suggest 45 minutes depending on how stained and discoloured your patio has become!
- Hydrochloric Acid-based
- Easily applied
- Can be used on sandstone, brick, stone and cement!
- Rating 5/5
#3 Wet & Forget
The Wet & Forget is a garden safe non-acid patio cleaner! It works good but needs a few applications to get the job done especially if your patio is in a bad way! You dilute this product with water, spray and then forget as advertised. If you want instant results then this product might take a few days to achieve great results!
- Removes moss, algae, lichens and mould
- Toxic-free solution
- Safe for plants and other shrubs
- Rating 3/5
The Best Patio Sealers
Patio sealers “MUST” only be used once you have cleaned your patio or your patio is newly laid. For new patios sealing it will enhance the durability and seal it against moisture!
A good patio sealer will keep your patio looking clean and fresh for many years. Upkeep is minimal and you will find that any dirt, algae or mould can easily be removed with a broom and some water!
Sealing a patio is key for longevity, it takes time and money to lay a patio so keeping it in tip top condition is a must. If you ahve cleaned your patio and it is looking clean and free of algea and dirt you are ready to seal it!
#1 Everbuild EVBPAT5 405 Path & Patio Seal
After many years of testing different types of patio and brick sealers, Everbuild has done a great job with their cheap but very effective sealer. It leaves a matt finish that protects from moisture, algae, dirt and grease!
As you apply this sealer you will see it absorbed into the brick, cement and stone. It’s a milky solution that dries clear and lasts many years!
- Seals all hard surfaces from the elements
- Use a roller or soft brush to apply
- Dries in 1 hour
- Rating 5/5
#2 Pro-Kleen Patio Seal
Another great choice we have found is Pro-Kleen’s patio seal. The brand is highly rated and protects against all elements such as sun, UV, algae and mould!
Once this is applied you will get a matt sheen that will not change the colour or texture of the patio, but seal it against rain and moisture!
- Can be used on ALL hard surfaces
- Roller or soft brush to apply
- Dries within 2 hours
- Rating 4/5
Tips When Cleaning & Sealing Yout Patio!
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning and sealing your patio. The chemicals are toxic in both cleaners and sealers, so be sure “NOT” to get any of this liquid on your shrubs and plants because it will kill them!
We have an option for users who want to use a non-toxic solution to cleaning your patio above!
- Wear protective clothing
- Never seal a dirty patio
- Always seal when the weather is dry and not raining!
- Repair and cement or pointing before your seal
We want Your Patio Feedback!
Here at Wezaggle, we are always seeking recommendations and opinions on the products we have listed in this article! If you would like to share a review or your own experience from using the products above then use this form or the comment section below to post your feedback.
*Top Tip: Using a pressure washer will quickly clean any type of patio! We would recommend the Karcher K4 because it is powerful and the patio tool is unique and produces amazing results!
Happy Patio Cleaning & Sealing 😉