Archive for March 26, 2021

How do you remove algae and other green deposits from your patio slabs?

Is it time for cleaning your patio slabs again? Green deposits occur mainly in spots that get little sunlight on cloudy and rainy days. It is ugly on patios, but also on pots and fencing. Time to fight it! We have a number of tips for fast and easy removal and prevention of green deposits.

Where do green deposits come from?


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Green deposits often occur in moist spots that do not get a lot of sun. Patio or garden tiles in the shade are often affected by it, as well as fencing in shady areas. The deposits form on all types of patios and surfaces, on wood, stone and concrete. Irregular surfaces and soft materials are more affected than hard and straight surfaces, however. 

The seasons also play a big role. Green deposits are often more stubborn during fall and winter because there is less sunlight and more rain. Therefore, spring is the best time for cleaning paving slabs; and of course you want to be able to enjoy a beautiful and clean patio on nice sunny days. 

Tips for preventing green deposits

Unfortunately, you will never be able to prevent green deposits completely due to our rainy climate and the changing seasons. You can however make some choices when paving or installing a patio that will reduce the risk of algae and moss forming on your patio. For example, you can make your patio slightly sloping and provide good drainage so little or no water will remain on your patio. This way the moss and algae have less chance of attaching to the patio.

So few green deposits will form or it will take them longer to form. The materials you choose also plays a role. Some materials are more prone to green deposits than others. So you might want to get hardwood when installing fencing or well-coated tiles. Please consult an expert for advice.

Tips for removing green deposits

Three DIY solutions for removing green deposits

In addition to specially developed products, there are lots of DIY solutions for cleaning patio slabs on various blogs and websites. Note: these methods do not guarantee success:

1. A high-pressure cleaner
Especially during spring and summer, many people choose a high-pressure cleaner for cleaning paving slabs. Unfortunately, there are two major drawbacks. First of all, you will blow the grout out of the patio tiles which might cause the tiles to displace. Secondly, the high-pressure cleaner might damage the tiles so the structure of the tile becomes more porous, which will cause the algae and moss to penetrate deeper into the tile. And this will cost you even more time and energy the next time you have to clean the patio.

2.Chlorine or white vinegar
An often used patio cleaning solution is chlorine or white vinegar. Chlorine is however harmful to plants etc., which makes it unsuitable for outdoor use. White vinegar is more natural than chlorine, but can be harmful to some plants too, especially to grass and herbs. Be careful when using white vinegar, because the acid can damage natural stone with a high lime content. This is not suitable for every patio, so we advise you test it out in an inconspicuous spot first.

3. Mixture of soft soap, soda and hot water
A mixture of soft soap, soda and hot water is especially efficient for removing green deposits from wood surfaces. However, scrubbing your patio table with a hard brush is time-consuming, plus you will only see the result after rinsing the furniture, so you might have missed some spots and have to start all over again. This is not a problem with the HG product range! 

If it does not work the way you expected it to? Then try the HG products especially developed for cleaning concrete patios and removing green deposits.

HG is the patio cleaning solution for easy and effective removal of green deposits

HG has a special products for the removal of green deposits; HG algae and mould remover. This is a convenient product for fast and effective removal of green deposits from walls, fencing, doors and pergolas. The HG algae and mould remover ready to use in 5 litre variant (only available during spring) is perfect for spring cleaning in the garden. We also have HG patio cleaner. This is a concentrated cleaner, sufficient for up to 200 metres of tiles, patios, garden paths, walls and rooftops.

Credit HG, original article here

Put The Shine Back On Your Kitchen Worktops and Gloss Units.

They looked incredible when they were first installed but oh boy do they take some work to keep that mirror gloss shine. High Shine granite or marble kitchen work surfaces are a magnet for finger prints and smudges and before too long become dull, no longer giving you that mirror shine that looks so good. Getting the shine back can take a lot of elbow grease and unless your cleaning cloth is exceptionally clean can often make smears and smudges worse.

The chemistry wizards over at Tableau products have put their minds to addressing the problem and have come up with a solution.

Introducing Tableau Gloss Kitchen Polish.

This alchemical marvel takes all the effort out of maintaining that mirror like shine on your marble, granite and gloss finish kitchen units and worktops. It is literally just spray and wipe. No more smears and smudges, no more fingerprints and importantly it is streak free. The bottle also features a unique dual action nozzle on the trigger pump, flip up the end and you will get a spray dispensing, keep the end of the nozzle closed and it will generate a gentle foam.

This really does what it says on the bottle. Just click the product name above to purchase. Be the envy of your neighbours.

All Hands On Deck….ing Oil

Spring is almost upon us (March 20th if you were wondering) and our thoughts turn toward warmer weather and the possibility of getting back out into the garden and enjoying that outdoor space we have been forced to gaze at through rain soaked windows, perhaps wondering if the lawnmower has survived the winter in the shed or whether you can tackle the back garden which resembles something last seen in The Black Panther movie, knowing that somewhere out there is that rather expensive decking you were so proud of, maybe under that rain filled planter with the straggly plant leaves in it and the over turned lawn chair.

We miss our outdoor spaces when we can’t use them, especially given the last few months, so now is the time to take a deep breath and venture out, tackling one job at a time will make it seem less daunting. For the outdoor decking and other outdoor wooden items like the shed or the fence, we have you covered.

Liberon have been wood care specialists for years and produce one of the best products you can buy to use on the wooden surfaces in your garden and outdoor spaces. Decking Oil.

Despite its name which is a bit of a misnomer, Decking Oil feeds, protects and enhances the natural beauty of old or new exterior timber decking. A highly water-resistant, UV-enhanced formula, it is perfect for reviving and restoring colour to weathered and greying decking, and is also suitable for use on fences, garden sheds, gates and hot tubs.

Easy to use, in fact Liberon have produced this helpful little video to demonstrate how to apply the oil.

The results will speak for themselves.

Decking Oil is available in 2.5 litre and 5 litre cans and three shades, Clear, Medium Oak and Teak.

You may have noticed the guy in the film used another product before applying the Decking Oil, he used Tough Clean Deck and Revive. An effective cleaner for old and dirty natural exterior wooden decking which has dulled and faded over time. Ideal for heavily soiled areas and to prepare decking for finishing it helps to remove black spotting caused by mould or lichen from most types of wood and helps to prevent the re-growth of fungi.

While not strictly necessary to use before applying the Decking Oil, the Tough Clean Deck and Revive will help bring back the wooden surface to where the Decking Oil will work its magic and make your decking look like it was new again.

Tri-Bio back in stock and with new products.

We have finally received our order from Tri-Bio we placed back in November and we have full shelves again.

Along side the normal range of products, we also have stock of their new products that are for sale for the first time in the UK.

Venturing in to the Oral Hygiene area, Tri-Bio have produced 3 new Toothpastes.

TRI-BIO Natural Eco Toothpaste for Total Toothcare is an Eco-formula based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. No colorants, no SLS, no parabens. Awarded with ECO certificates. It contains the minimum recommended fluoride amount for healthy teeth.

The second in the range is TRI-BIO Natural Eco Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth, recommended for people with Asthma and Allergies. The Eco-formula is based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. Flavour Free.

Last but not least is TRI-BIO Natural Eco Kids Toothpaste, recommended for people with Asthma and Allergies. The Eco-formula is based on natural plant and mineral ingredients. Specially formulated for ages 0 – 6

The Toothpastes are all made from all natural ingredients and are Vegan friendly and Organic.

New: Pure-Spa Spa Aroma with essential oils.

Add an extra dimension to your bath with the restorative properties of essential oils for a luxurious aromatherapy treatment in your Spa or Hot tub.

Pure-Spa Spa Aroma is designed to mix totally with your spa water without interacting with the disinfection system or leave a residue in your spa or pipework.

The essential oils are solubilised to create a solution in order to be diluted perfectly in the spa water, without any impact on purification or filtration. To enjoy a spa bath with essential oils, pour two to three tablespoons directly into the water for an average sized tub (1.5 m3) lasting about 20 to 30 minutes.

Available in 6 wonderful fragrances to cater to your mood.

Cedar & Verbena : The perfect marriage between soft woody Cedar and fresh lemony Verbena.

EucalyptusAn invigorating, refreshing fragrance that clears the mind & senses, aiding concentration and helping to make breathing easier.

Lavender: A soft, cool herbal fragrance that is renowned for its calming properties, relieving the tensions and stresses of modern life. (Currently unavailable)

Orange Blossom: A sweet sensual fragrance of exotic blooms that soothes & lifts the spirit, creating a feeling of positivity.

OrientA warm, spicy and seductive fragrance that is a delight to the senses and a lovely skin refresher.

Rosemary: An invigorating and powerful herb known for its healing properties.

To purchase, click either the image or the fragrance to be taken to the product page where you can treat yourself, you deserve it.