Patios have become real workhorses, providing valuable extra space for socialising at home and in commercial settings. As a result, they now need a little more targeted maintenance, especially to remove stains caused by food and drink. Oil and grease are particular culprits, as gas BBQ’s, fire pits and outdoor kitchens become more popular. To safely remove stains, without damaging the pavers and grout joints, we recommend treatment with ECOPROTEC Joint Residue Remover and ECOPROTEC Intensive Cleaner.
ECOPROTEC Joint Residue Remover is an intensive cleaner or stripper. A non-caustic formulation, it removes stubborn residue – including congealed fat and wax – by softening deposits so that they can be easily removed from the surface without causing any damage. It can be used on all natural and engineered stone, including sandstone, slate, travertine, terracotta, quarry tiles and porcelain. ECOPROTEC Intensive Cleaner is the ideal partner to the Remover and is used to wash down the surface after treatment, before a final rinse.
Both treatments are fast and straight forward to apply. ECOPROTEC Joint Residue Remover is poured neat, directly onto stains. It should be generously dapped onto problem areas with a cloth or brush; always protect hands with suitable gloves. The solution is then worked in manageable areas – as far as you can reach without treading into the cleaner. The solution is left to work for up to 30 minutes; during this time, more should be applied if it starts to dry out. Using a coarse, stiff brush or Black Emulsifying Pad the softened residue is then removed from the surface. The process should be repeated if any staining remains.
To wash down the pavers after treatment, ECOPROTEC Intensive Cleaner is diluted 1:3 with water and applied with a cloth, mop or brush. The surface should then be rinsed with plenty of water and left to dry.
If you’re removing residue from a previously sealed surface – or want to seal an untreated patio to protect it from future stains – a new coat of sealer can be reapplied after cleaning and once the surface is sufficiently dry; this may take a minimum of 24 hours. We recommend either ECOPROTEC Patio Sealer or Ultimate Sealer for natural stone and barrier treatment, ECOPROTEC Pre Grout Protector for matt porcelain pavers. Both are non-film forming and will help prevent the absorption of moisture and organic particles, reducing staining and the spread of algae, mould and black spot.
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