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Cleaning patio tiles is easy. However, means and methods should be tailored to the material so that the tiles are thoroughly cleaned, but the material is not damaged. For example, wood needs to be treated differently than tiles made of stone or ceramics. Whether high-pressure cleaners or scrubbers are the right choice for cleaning tiles in the garden, interested readers will find out here.
preparationWhether the terrace tiles are made of wood or stone, the terrace must be properly prepared before thorough cleaning. These include the following items:
- Clear the terrace
- remove coarse dirt such as leaves, branches and twigs
- Remove weeds from the joints with a joint scraper
- Pretreat green coverings such as moss and lichen
- Check tiles for damage and weak points
Stone and ceramic tilesTerrace tiles made of stone and ceramic are quite uncomplicated when cleaning. They are very easy to clean with a high-pressure cleaner and pure water. Cracks in the tiles and cracks in the joints can be problematic when cleaning at high pressure. The water can increase the damage. Therefore, it is important, as mentioned, to carry out a preliminary check of the tiles.
Damaged areas should be cleaned by hand and without high pressure and then repaired. For very heavy soiling, it may also help to pretreat the patio tiles with soft soap or detergent before using the high-pressure cleaner. As a result, the dirt is released and can then be easily removed.
Tip: If you use the high-pressure cleaner exclusively for cleaning the terrace, you do not have to buy such a device yourself. Many hardware stores also lend them for a nominal fee.
Wooden terrace tiles are more sensitive to targeted and selective pressure. Unnoticed cracks in the wood can cause parts to fall off during high-pressure cleaning. Junctions and wood glue can come loose. It is therefore not recommended to use a high-pressure cleaner.
The simple variant is to perform the cleaning with soft soap, water and a scrubber. For narrower areas, a hand brush can also be used. As simple as this method is, it is also very exhausting. An alternative to this is an electric scrubber. With this and by a pretreatment with soda or soft soap cleaning the wood tiles is much easier and the effort is reduced.
Click tiles made of wood and plasticTerrace tiles with a click system made of plastic and a support made of wood or plastic also bring many advantages. They are comparatively inexpensive, can be laid quickly and easily and, if required, just as easily and quickly removed from the terrace or the balcony. In addition, if necessary, individual tiles can be replaced.
When cleaning the terrace with click tiles arise from these properties and the material combination both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, large amounts of dirt accumulate in the joints and under the tiles. Foliage, soil, pebbles and dead plant parts have been found to be abundant in large quantities when the click tiles are removed. For a really thorough pre-cleaning, it is therefore not enough to turn off the patio tiles. The joints should be sucked off. It gets even more thorough and cleaner when the tiles are clicked directly apart and the substrate is cleaned separately.
On the other hand, the plastic click system will become brittle and brittle over time, which could cause damage to the high pressure cleaner. The same applies to the comparatively thin wooden slats which are screwed onto the plastic. Although these are resistant to distributed pressure, they can jump and break at targeted high pressure.
It is therefore better to clean the click tiles on the terrace or balcony as follows:
1. The tiles are detached from each other and already roughly cleaned of dirt.
2. The surface is cleaned with a broom of coarse impurities such as leaves, twigs and soil. Then it can be cleaned with a scrubber or a high-pressure cleaner.
3. The click tiles themselves are first brushed dry. For grooves and joints, a correspondingly thick bottle brush is recommended.
4. Once all dry and coarse dirt have been removed, the tiles can be wet brushed off or scrubbed off.As a cleaning solution, a mixture of soft soap, dissolved washing soda or detergent and water is recommended.
5. In order to prevent the terrace tiles from being stained by the cleaning agent, they should finally be rinsed well with clean water.
6. For drying, the tiles can be set up or laid out again directly.
After cleaning the terrace tiles and when they have dried completely again, the ideal time for any necessary after-treatment has come. If the tiles are grouted, cracked joints and cracks can be repaired if necessary. For stone tiles, a seal can be applied, which is dirt-repellent.
For wood tiles, wood preservatives can be used to protect the natural material from the ingress of moisture and resulting frost damage, reduce the risk of cracking and prevent warping and bending of the wood.