Slimy paths? Soda ash is your friend.
It’s the time of year when we all start slipping over on our decks and driveways. I took a spectacular slide on my driveway up north this week while heading to the letterbox so within minutes I was out with my soda ash.
All you need to do is sprinkle it on the driveway, path or deck, wet very slightly with a gentle shower of water from you hose and then leave it. Try to choose a day when there is no rain forecast as it needs at least 12 hours to start working.
You will see any slime or growth start to die off and turn brown. You can follow up with a brush with your outdoor broom and a hose down if you like but I just leave it.
Reader Ann Fraser sent these before and after pics (right) after she used oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate on her deck). She says: “I’m not sure if you have promoted sodium percarbonate as a deck/concrete cleaner, but I’ve just used it for that and it worked really well, without having to worry about it being toxic.
60g of percarbonate per litre of hot water, apply and leave on for an hour. Scrub with a broom and hose off. “