So I got this place of mine in December. At the time I realized the patio was a little dirty, but it wasn’t until my slippers started making sticky sounds when I walked and my cats paws started appearing everywhere that I realized how dirty it was. Turns out the tenant who was here prior may have been allowing his dog to relieve itself on the patio, which mixed with the dirt and dust that would settle, making for this mutated goo all over the patio floor.
At first I was all “there is no way I’m going to be able to do this!”. I don’t have the ability to get down on all fours and scrub that sucker, but that’s really the only way I can think to break through the cake. For now I’ve borrowed mum’s steam mop while she’s out of town because something’s gotta be better than nothing.
In the middle of the day, when I go out for a cigarette (I know, bad habit, I’m working on it!), I take the steam mop for a run while I’m smoking. The pad lasts about two runs before it needs changing. I’ve gone through two pads so far and it’s already making an incredible difference. I don’t think it’s going to do anything for getting between the grit however, and I really, really want to get between the grit. For now though, I’m focusing on the visible cake, because I can at least see it’s pulling up the layers above the grit and that should make life easier later on.