A patio or deck is an outdoor extension of your home's living environment and is most enjoyable when it is clean. Exposure to the elements causes your patio to collect dirt, grime, animal droppings, mould and other debris. By keeping your patio clean, you ensure a clean environment for outdoor cooking or for an area where your children play. Several patio-cleaning methods exist that require the use of particular brushes.
Tampico Fiber Patio Cleaning Brush
Tampico fibre--a natural material derived from the agave lechugilla plant native to Northern Mexico--is used in patio cleaning brushes, according to brush manufacturer Grupo Interoceanico Cala. The fibre's natural qualities make it a good material for scrubbing patios. It is abrasive, which makes removing dirt and grime an easier job, and it also resists heat and chemicals, making hot-water usage possible.
Palmyra Patio Cleaning Brush
Palmyra fibre is derived from the leaves of the Indian Palmyra Palm, according to brush manufacturer Gordon Brush. The fibre works well when scrubbing a rough surface like a brick patio wall or flooring. Palmyra patio-cleaning brushes have a stiff to medium-stiff texture and work well when used with acidic cleaning solutions.
Water Hose Patio Cleaning Brush
The most-effective patio cleaning brushes combine the correct fibre for the application with water use. A patio cleaning brush that allows you to attach your water hose to a sturdy brushing tool can thoroughly clean the patio's surface. A good water hose/brush combination comes with an attachment covered by bristles on three sides and a squeegee or sponge on the fourth side. As a result, you can clean several patio surfaces--your patio floor, metal railings, even windows--without switching tools. A good water hose/cleaning brush also includes a telescoping handle, which helps extend your reach during cleaning and works well for users of different heights. You can purchase water hose cleaning brushes from home improvement companies like The Home Depot, Lowes or Improvements.
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