How to Clean Indian Sandstone Slabs and Patios
Loss of colour, sheen and quality is a common problem with Indian Sandstone. Over time it’s inevitable that due to weather and foot traffic, your sandstone patio is doing to wear down and get dirty or stained.
However, all these problems can solved by using an efficient Indian sandstone cleaner. In this guide we’re going to tell you how to clean Indian sandstone patios and slabs, and what type of cleaner will give you the best results possible.
What Indian Sandstone Cleaner is Best?
Universeal’s New Clean 60 Patio Cleaner is the perfect solution for cleaning and maintain your Indian Sandstone. Cleaning your patio has never been so quick, thorough and easy with this solution.
If you clean your Indian sandstone correctly using our product, you can have it looking as good as new in no time.
How to clean Indian Sandstone slabs
Before you get started, it is always best to test this product on an inconspicuous area first to check for suitability. You will also need the following items ready to use:
- New Clean 60 Patio Cleaner (view prices)
- FFP3 class mask
- Protective clothing
- Pump sprayer or watering can
- A hose or clean water
- Brush/ broom
- Power washer/ Hose with a changeable pressure setting
1. Prepare the slabs and patio first
Make sure you are equipped with all your protective clothing ready to go and then you can start clearing any larger bits of debris that may be lose and sitting on the surface of your sandstone.
You may even want to vacuum smaller debris up if possible, as this will save you time and effort and make the cleaning job easier.
2. Prepare the cleaning solution
Next you will need to prepare your Indian sandstone cleaning solution before use. This needs to be diluted prior to use in equal parts of a 1:1 ratio.
This is one-part cleaner to one-part water. This mixture should be placed into a bottle pump sprayer or a watering can if need be.
For whatever reason you do not possess either of these items, it is possible to pour directly from the product container, ensuring it remains wet on the surface at all times.
3. Apply the cleaning solution
Now it is time to apply your solution. Before doing so, make sure there are no sensitive materials or fabrics nearby. This solution can cause discolouring to delicate materials, hence the protective clothing.
Then apply your mixture as generously as you need to the Indian sandstone area.
Be sure to cover the entire area, and you must keep it wet. This mixture cannot be left to dry out and needs to maintain its moisture during its 60-minute active session.
If it is a warm day, lightly mist additional product onto the existing product if it looks as it it’s drying.
The cleaning formula needs a good 60 minutes of dwell time to activate.
4. Use a scrub or broom on stubborn stains
If you feel some areas are more stubborn than others, then apply pressure and scrub using a brush or broom. For the best results you are able to leave this product on for longer, but it is recommended to try and stick to no more than four hours.
If you want to test on a small patch of a stubborn stain, you can do so by leaving overnight to see the potential outcome.
5. Neutralise the Cleaning Solution with water
After you are happy with how it is looking; it is now ready to neutralise the product using clean water. This can be done with a hose or watering can.
If your Indian sandstone is in direct contact with grass, try and avoid getting the product on it or add additional water to dilute even further.
As this formula kills vegetation, you want to avoid it coming into contact with your grass.
6. Rinse down the Indian sandstone with a hose or pressure washer
The final step is to use a power washer or hose on a high setting to clean the remainder off.
This will leave your Indian sandstone very clean and looking as good as new.
What causes patio stains?
Before you get started off with cleaning your Indian sandstone patio or slabs, it’s always handy to know what is causing your discoloration. This will help you better understand why ours is the best cleaner on the market.
After all, knowledge is power!
It should be noted that when it comes to Indian sandstone, it is always best to use an appropriate cleaner as it has the ability to discolour and change in texture. If you use the wrong product, this could ruin your precious paving.
Even though it is a great stone to use, it is still prone to dirt build ups.
The most common cause of stains on stone is Lichen. Lichen is those little black marks the you may spot from time to time on your slabs. Lichen are spores of dust which grow under leaves, plants and trees, which are then transported via the wind to land on your patio.
Once they settle, they leave a stubborn black stain behind.
If bleach is attempted to remove the Lichen, it will cause more harm than good. This could potentially strip the colour of your Indian sandstone, and not even remove the lichen.
Lichen needs to be scrubbed off with a brush, or now you can use Universeal’s New Clean 60 Patio Cleaner to assist you with the job.
Other commons stains include moss and algae. These again can be removed using harsher chemicals, but not using the correct one will damage your paving slabs.
This is why it is so important to use the right products for the job that will clean Indian Sandstone effectively, not leading to any damage.
New Clean 60 Patio Cleaner
Universeal has a reputation as having the best stone paving cleaning products in the country (read some of our reviews). This gives you peace of mind that you won’t be disappointed; we invest a great deal into the latest technology, so you get the best for your money.
Alongside this is the cost. We want you to be able to maintain and clean your Indian sandstone paving, but at an affordable price.
Universeal’s Patio Cleaner is the perfect solution for cleaning your patio. The clue is in the name as a 60-minute application will remove algae, dirt, moss and even lichen. No agitation or hard brushing is required as the product does the hard work for you.
As said before, because we use the latest technology, our cleaning products contains a special formulated biocide which can even eliminate stubborn stuck on debris. This means you get to clean those hard to get areas, especially between your paving and around the edges. This includes grout, red algae, garden debris and mulch.
Not only can it be used on your Indian sandstone patio but it’s equally as good for all popular stone patios, driveways and paths.
It really is an investment into keeping your patio looking perfect.
We believe you will be 100% satisfied with the results.
Can you use bleach to clean Indian Sandstone?
Although bleach is a powerful cleaning solution, it also comes with a lot of risks. From discolouring to texture damage, it can sometimes to more harm than good. Bleach will also kill any vegetation.
The only way to use bleach is to heavily dilute it before use and to avoid any harsh chemicals coming into contact with your sandstone.
Even then it will come with risks which is why we recommend you learn how to clean Indian sandstone slabs and patios using a specialist product such as our specially-formulated patio cleaning solution.
Do you need to seal Indian Sandstone paving?
If you don’t want to seal your paving then you don’t necessarily have to, although it is highly recommended to extend the lifespan of your patio/ pathway etc.
Sealing paving will avoid any excess moisture getting between your paving and can also help prevent the possibility of mould and reduce dirt build up.
Indian Sandstone in particular is recommended to be left unsealed for a while until it is completely bone dry.
You can read a guide to sealing patio slabs elsewhere in our blog.