The best patio cleaners 2018

Make sure your garden is ready for summer with our list of the best patio cleaners

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So, you go to the trouble of designing the perfect patio, now you need to keep it looking as good as new. However good your paving choice, over time, damp weather conditions encourage the growth of algae, creating a green coat on your pristine patio. Luckily, the algae is easy to remove, requiring just a container of patio cleaner and a little patience.  

Patio cleaners are just as effective as jet washers at removing algae and unwanted plant growth and best of all, they’re cheaper to buy, cheaper to use and prevent coverage for 6 months up to a year. While they may not offer instant results, as long as you have the patience to wait a couple of days while the formula gets to work, your patio should be good as new once the waiting period is over. 

Most patio cleaners are biodegradable, which means they shouldn’t cause any lengthy damage to the environment.  The best patio cleaner for us is the Ultima-Plus XP Green Mould & Algae Remover, which is ultra concentrated so it should last for many seasons, and you can use it on decking, fencing, paths and driveways to transform your garden in time for summer.  

The best patio cleaner

1. Ultima-Plus XP Green Mould & Algae Remover

Applying just 1L of the solution to 9L of water, this patio cleaner will go far

Reasons to buy
+ Doesn’t contain acid or bleach 

Although this patio cleaner is one of the most expensive ones on our list, what it costs in price it makes up in concentration, making it worth the outlay. Simply mix this patio cleaner with water and apply it to your patio late afternoon or early evening. You’ll also need to make sure the weather is forecast to be dry up to eight hours after you apply the solution to your patio, otherwise it’ll wash off before it has the chance to get to work.  

Jarder Spray & Leave Cleaner

2. Jarder Spray & Leave Cleaner

A cost effective solution for use on a range of garden surfaces

Reasons to buy
+ Apply with either a pump spray or watering can 

This patio cleaner from Jarder is a much cheaper alternative to the Ultima-Plus but according to users, does a great job of clearing patios of unwanted algae. You can apply it neat to badly affected areas and spray on a solution of the cleaner to lesser affected areas. Apply it using a low pressure pump spray or watering can and leave for a couple of days to get to work.  

Wet & Forget - Moss Mould Lichen & Algae Remover

3. Wet & Forget - Moss Mould Lichen & Algae Remover

This patio cleaner is suitable to use on a huge range of surfaces

Reasons to buy
+ Can remain active for up to a year 

When quality is at the top of your agenda, this popular patio cleaner from Wet & Forget is probably one of the best you can get. Backed up by the thousands of five star reviews left on retailer sites, this very effective patio cleaner is suitable for removing algae and unwanted plant growth from a huge variety of surfaces, including asphalt, astro turf, gutters, fascia and even outdoor furniture.  

Patio Magic! Green Mould and Algae Killer Liquid Concentrate Bottle

4. Patio Magic! Green Mould and Algae Killer Liquid Concentrate Bottle

Another popular patio cleaning solution with a good, mid range price

Reasons to buy
+ Also kills black mould 

Jet washing takes up a lot of time and effort but with Patio Magic! all it takes is a coat of solution and your patio is back to new in a couple of days. As with the other patio cleaners on the list, you can choose to apply this one using a low pressure hose or a watering can. Once the product has dried, it is broken down naturally in the soil so it doesn’t harm the environment.  

Pro-Kleen 5 Litres

5. Pro-Kleen 5 Litres

A patio cleaner on the cheaper end of the spectrum but it still delivers great results

Reasons to buy
+ Available to buy at a great price 

Non-acidic, bleach-free and biodegradable, this patio cleaner is just as good as others on the list with regards to performance. It’s slightly less concentrated, which does make it cheaper, and you can also buy it as a ready-to-use spray for convenience. It can prevent the growth of mould and algae for six to nine months, leaving your garden neat and tidy for the entire summer.  

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