LifestyleEfficient, eco-friendly ways to clean cobblestones after winter

Efficient, eco‑friendly ways to clean cobblestones after winter

Cleaning paving stones does not have to be difficult.
Cleaning paving stones does not have to be difficult.
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10:44 AM EST, February 5, 2024, updated: 4:16 AM EST, March 7, 2024

It is essential to clean cobblestones after the winter season. Despite being a task that isn't the most enjoyable or straightforward, it's necessary. The main challenges lie in dealing with the green discolourations on the stone or the residue left from salting the stone.

What's the best way to clean cobblestone after winter?

Thankfully, there's a straightforward method to remove dirt from cobblestone. There's no need to invest in costly chemicals or specialized equipment, hire expensive professional cleaning services, or grapple with hard-to-reach corners.

To clean the cobblestone, all you need is a homemade solution, consisting of merely two ingredients - water and dish soap. Mix three parts of water with one part soap, pour this mixture onto the cobblestone, and let it sit for a full day. After this period, you should rinse the pavement with clean water.

Alternative methods for cleaning cobblestones at home

If the dish soap and water solution doesn't work, there's another fix for stubborn dirt. In such instances, it's worth trying a mixture of water and lemon juice in a 1:2 ratio, adding two parts of juice for each part of water.

You can use this solution to clean the pavement. Ideally, place it in a spray bottle and spray it evenly on the pavement. After a few minutes, rinse everything with water.

Vinegar is another effective solution similar to lemon juice. To use vinegar for cleaning, simply dilute it with water at a 1:2 ratio and spray the mixture onto the cobblestone.

Both lemon juice and vinegar are capable of killing lichens that appear on the pavement, causing them to dry out, along with their roots. These are natural, soil-friendly methods that will not alter the soil's pH level. There's also no need to worry about the pavement becoming discolored or damaged.

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