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How can I keep my patio clean?


With years of experience laying and maintaining patios, DBK Builders and Joiners are here to show you how you can keep your patio clean.
Of course, this goes without saying. Regular brushing is vital to ensure your patio and garden paving are free from dirt, debris and grime. However, it is more important than it first seems. In the summer months, as plants and weeds go to seed, these seeds will find their way into cavities. With some water, sunlight and conducive temperatures, these seeds will germinate. If untouched and left to grow, all sorts of flowers, plants, weeds and grasses, will take over your patio in no time. Regular brushing, using a brush with tough bristles will interrupt the seed germination process and prevent the unsightly build up of growth on your patio.
Jet Washing
Brushing may be too labour intensive for some and thus not a viable option. In this circumstance, a jet wash may offer the perfect solution. Jet washing achieves the benefits of brushing, minus the hard work. However, it does come with its own pitfalls. Using a jet wash on joint areas too closely can leave the mortar liable to damage. Also, a high-pressure jet wash can damage slabs and paving. So, go slow and steady, otherwise you may do more damage than good. Through a combination of regular brushing and occasional jet washing, you can keep your patio weed-free and gleaming.
Joints and Sealing Slabs
If you allow the degradation of either the joints in your patio or the sealing slabs, your patio will accelerate towards degradation. By ensuring joints are well maintained, you will go a long way towards combatting the prevalence of weeds. By sealing paving stones, you will contribute to the prevent of moisture permeating the flags. A sealant will also help keep your paving stones looking fresh and new!

DIY Tips You Can’t Do Without!


Walls before floors – If you’re planning on renovating your flooring, it might be worthwhile considering whether your walls need a touch up first. Since your old flooring will soon be on its way out, you can worry less about the mess you make when re-doing your walls, prior to the installation of your new flooring. Save yourself the mess and hassle and enjoy a doubly new look to your home.

Keep brushes and rollers fresh – You don’t need to wash brushes and rollers between coats or uses. Rather than going through the pain of washing your vital painting tools between each use, use cling film to keep them in full working order. Simply, wrap used brushes and rollers in cling film and they will stay moist enough to use again soon.

Talc – Talc is a great DIY hack that you’ll be thankful to know. Sprinkled sparingly on squeaky door hinges and creaky floorboards, talk can really do wonders to get rid of those annoying sounds.

Baby oil – We’ve all been there, after painting we find that our tiny gloves barely protected us to our cuffs. You’ve tried scrubbing and a range of toxic agents you really shouldn’t use for the purpose, yet you still can’t get that paint residue off your skin. Well, baby oil to the rescue! A small amount of baby oil can help get rid of those pesky paint residues.

Paint fumes – Followed by correct ventilation practices, protect yourself further from overbearing paint fumes by adding a dab of vanilla essence to your paint tin. This way, you might get more of it done before retiring with a headache!

Linseed oil – A glob of paint drops on a surface without us noticing. By the time we go to wipe it, it’s gone hard and some stays behind. Here, rubbing a little linseed oil on the affected area can help remove the paint stain once and for all.

The Point of Repointing


The Point of Repointing

Every inch of your home is important, and it is vital that the little things are not neglected. Quite aside from all the precious contents of your home, the outside plays its part too. An often overlooked part of upkeeping your home is pointing the brickwork, an essential maintenance task which has numerous benefits aside from the visual.

What is Pointing?

Your home’s pointing is the mortar that lies between the bricks on the outside of your property. Over time this can wear away and crumble, leaving the structure of your home vulnerable to damage which could prove costly to correct. Repointing involves removing the damaged mortar and refilling the gaps to strengthen and protect the brickwork from further harm.

Why do we need to repoint our home?

A properly pointed brick façade helps preserve the structure of your home, strengthening the brickwork and keeping your home standing. The pointing also prevents water seeping between the bricks, allowing you to avoid damp problems later on! Water resting between the bricks can freeze and expand, causing further damage to your walls. Another fantastic benefit of pointing is retaining heat inside your home. Less heat is allowed to escape through the walls, so you can save money on your heating bills. And let’s not forget the visual bonus- a new pointing job can transform and refresh the outside look of your home and make it look as good as new!

How often is repointing needed?

While not the most glamourous of home renovations, repointing is an important part of your refurbishments. One of the more positive aspects of pointing, however, is its longevity. A well-done pointing job has a lifespan of more than two decades, so the process is a wonderful investment in the future of your home.