Tough Stains On Pavers: Some Diy Solution For Cleaning Paver Stains

Installing pavers can make your patio really lovely. However, if you will neglect to clean the patio paver, then you will be left with a patio that will look very untidy. You have to understand that pavers can attract all kinds of stains. So you need to be very meticulous in cleaning your patio paver to keep your patio looking great. So here are some DIY tips that you may find helpful to remove different stains on your patio pavers.

Removing BBQ Oil Splashes

If you installed a barbecue grill on your outdoor patio, then oil and fats will certainly make unsightly marks on your patio paving. Fats can seep through the paving stones and bricks making them too nasty to remove. Removing fat stains on your patio can also be a big task especially after a big barbecue party.

The best thing that you can do is to sprinkle dishwashing liquid on your stained pavers and apply hot water. Then you can scrub the oil-stained patio paver with a broom. Wash the area thoroughly and the fats and oil splashes will disappear.

However, if the fats have seeped through the paving stone or brick, removing the stains with dishwashing liquid might not work. What you can do is to mix plaster of paris and water in a big cup. Add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to the mixture and stir thoroughly. Apply the sticky substance over the stained paving stones or bricks. Allow the plaster to dry then sweep it with a broom. The oil stains will miraculously disappear because the plaster of paris will absorb the deeply embedded fats on your patio paving.

Removing Moss Stains

Moss can also pose a problem on your patio paver. Usually, moss will grow if your patio has poor drainage and located in a shaded area. You can easily remove moss with boiling water but it will leave unsightly marks on your pavers.

To remove moss stains, you can mix pure white vinegar and water. Soak the moss stained paving with this mixture. Allow the mixture to seep through the paving for 15 to 20 minutes then scrub the stains with strong bristled brush. This solution will usually do the trick in removing moss stains.

Removing Tire Stains

If you have children in the house, then they will probably ride their small bikes on the patio. So it is possible to have tire marks on patio pavers which can be very tough to remove. The rubber tires of small toy cars can also leave small tire stains on your patio paver.

You should avoid using chemicals in removing rubber tire stains. These chemicals will melt the rubber and will spread the stains over a large area. What you should do is to liberally sprinkle rock salt over the stained paving. Then you should brush the stained bricks and stones. The salt will peel off the rubber tire stains on your patio. This solution will also work if you have a paved driveway. Just use rock salt and the tire marks on the pavers can be removed completely.

What Do The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon?..

What do the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Floating Gardens of China, and a popular science fiction television program have in common? Hydroponics gardening!

You may have heard of a hydroponics gardening system before this, in which case you’ll understand what I’m talking about. If you haven’t heard about hydroponics gardening, don’t worry. Hopefully by the time we reach the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of what a hydroponics garden is, and if someone asks you whether you think a drip system, or an ebb and flow system is better, then you won’t have to squint at them and say ‘eh?’ in that confused way.

Before we get on to the subject of drip, and ebb and flow systems, let’s take a crash course in hydroponics gardening.

Coming from the Greek words ‘hydro’ for water, and ‘ponics’ for labor, the word hydroponics in gardening terms is used to specify a type of gardening that doesn’t have its roots in soil, if you will forgive the pun. This soil-free type of gardening depends entirely on a water based system that is enriched with nutrients.

These nutrients can either be in the form of specially formulated chemicals for hydroponics gardening, or they can come as a variety of natural nutritional ingredients found in nature itself. The use of either nutrient form is solely dependent upon the gardener.

Since hydroponics gardening is a soil free system, containers are the best methods for growing, and a number of different varieties of containers, and pots are available to buy.

As a growing medium for the plant, something for it to get its roots into, different gardeners will have different likes and dislikes. Shale is a simple and easy solution, especially for the first time gardener. With a little bit of research however, you can easily find out if Hydroton or Rockwool is a better growing medium for you than shale would be. (Hydroton and shale can be used in an ebb and flow system, whilst horticultural Rockwool can be used with just about any system).

“Any system’ referring to methods used to pass along the nutrient enriched water to the plants. Again there are many options for the hydroponics gardener to choose from, but I will explain here only the two systems that I mentioned earlier.

Simply put, the ebb and flow system uses a pump to respectively flood and then drain your containers at regular intervals. The drip system uses a continuous drip that supplies a steady ration of water solution that’s right for each plant.

Also it should be noted that hydroponics gardens have a higher growth rate, and many gardeners take advantage of this to create high yield vegetable and fruit gardens.

Now that you now what hydroponics gardening entails to a large extent, with a little more research you should be able to set up your own hydroponics system, and keep yourself year round in fresh fruits and vegetables!

How To Clean And Disinfect Wooden Toys

A lot of parents have been asking for information on the best way to clean wooden toys. Children can be rough with their toys no matter what material they’re made of and it’s always a good idea to periodically clean your child’s toys. Whether they play with them outside or indoors those toys will inevitably get dirty and it’s important for you to know the right way to disinfect and clean wooden toys since wood is a porous material.

Children are full of curiosity and very young children will frequently pick a toy up from the ground and place it right in their mouth. And usually when they do this they were also just playing with the dog or digging in the dirt which means that not only is the toy dirty but their hands are too. This behavior is only natural. It’s your child’s way of exploring and it’s not something you can easily discourage. But if you want to protect your child from germs and grime you’ll need to know the proper way to clean wooden toys because you have to handle them a little differently than you do metal or plastic toys.

To begin with, when you clean wooden toys it’s important to understand that there’s a difference between finished wood and unfinished wood. Finished wood will be either painted, varnished or dyed and unfinished wood is just that – it’s just plain wood with no protective or decorative coating. Fortunately, both types of wooden toys are easy to clean and disinfect.

For basic or light cleaning you can simply wipe either finish with a dry cloth. If necessary, use a damp sponge to remove dust and dirt from unfinished wood toys and finished toys should wiped gently with a mild soap and water. For tougher dirt or grime try using an alcohol soaked cotton ball and then wipe with a dry cloth.

Whether the toy is made of finished or unfinished wood you should never soak it directly in water as the wood could soak up the water and become warped. And after you wipe the toy with water you should dry it with a soft cloth and all the toy to completely dry before it’s used again.

And never be tempted to clean wooden toys with furniture polish! It might seem like the most natural thing in the world to do since you clean your wooden furniture with it, but furniture polish contains toxins that are not meant to be ingested. The porous wood will hold the polish and when your child puts that toy in his or her mouth, or gets that polish on their hands, those toxins can be transferred to their mouth.

To disinfect wooden toys use a solution of vinegar and water or a solution of 10 parts water to one part bleach. However, if you use bleach always rinse and dry the toys very well. Wooden toys are extremely durable and can last for years if properly taken care of. Just remember to disinfect and clean your wooden toys frequently since you know they’re going to end up in your child’s mouth.