Cleaning paving stones without a pressure washer

Paving stones can also be cleaned without a pressure washer, which has both advantages and disadvantages. Even though the convenience and effectiveness of cleaning with a pressure washer often outshines all other arguments, some aspects are worth considering. For example, loudness significantly limits operating times.

Manual method may suit the situation better

In some people’s opinion, it is a bit like the mobile phones of our time. It has almost been forgotten that some tasks can also be done well without electrified support. This includes cleaning a paved driveway or a yard, which is increasingly only conceivable with a pressure washer.

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However, the supposedly outdated manual cleaning methods without machine assistance still have some advantages. In some situations, such as living with noise-sensitive neighbours, stylishly designed precious gravel joints and a limited budget, work and activities done by hand are a much better fit.

Advantages and disadvantages of cleaning pavements without a pressure washer

Advantages
  • No engine noise and no noise pollution (in the evening, on public holidays and at weekends)
  • No power consumption
  • No machine defects possible
  • Greater protection of joint filling compounds
  • Dirt can be dealt with in precise doses
  • No splashing of dirty water on walls or partitions
  • No purchase costs for high-pressure cleaners (disproportionate for small areas)
Disadvantages
  • Greater physical effort
  • More time required for large areas and heavy soiling
  • Higher water consumption
  • Shorter cleaning intervals to reduce stubborn soiling

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Two practical working aids for cleaning pavements

Since cleaning substances seep into the soil through pavement joints, it is essential to use an environmentally friendly agent. Washing soda is alkaline and, except for human mucous membranes, non-toxic to the environment and living creatures. Mix ten grams of soda with one litre of water (if necessary, increase the amount in proportion) and bring to the boil. Spread on the patch with a brush, scrubber or broom with hard bristles, leave for six hours and rinse with clear water.

A water hose can be attached to a broom or scrubber handle with cable ties. This allows for permanent wet brushing and scrubbing without the need for a second person or arm contortions.

Do not use chlorine or chlorine-containing products. Follow the maxim that what you can safely pour into the soil of your favourite plants is also suitable as a cleaning agent for paving stones.

Alfred Harper

Alfred Harper

Alfred Harper is a former consultant and product expert at a company producing cleaning equipment. He was working at this position for more than 10 years and has gained incredible experience and knowledge as he has tested almost all pressure washers brands and models and became an expert in this field. Now, he is writing reviews and how-to articles about pressure washers and makes a great contribution to the Pressure Washers company to help people to choose the best cleaning equipment for home use.

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