Now that autumn has well and truly kicked in, it is worth giving your paths and driveways a once-over before winter. It could be that you need a professional service that does work such as driveway cleaning in Merseyside. However, it may also be the case that it is a smaller job that you can do yourself with household items.

One of the biggest problems on paved areas is moss. Moss thrives on damp, dark areas, and can be extremely dangerous if allowed to build up as it gets wet and creates the potential for a fall.

Boiling water is the best way to deal with delicate areas, particularly where there are plants growing. Pour onto the moss, then brush repeatedly with a stiff brush. Repeat until gone, brushing and washing any debris away.

Vinegar is another way to remove moss. On a dry day, liberally apply vinegar to the affected areas and leave for ten minutes before scraping or brushing away. Once all the moss has gone, rinse the area and clear up any mess.

Baking soda can also be used – again, preferably on a dry day. Sprinkle the baking soda on the moss and leave for 24 hours. This method will dry out the moss, leaving it easy to scrape up and sweep away. The benefit of this method is that it can also be used on hard-to-reach places, such as garage roofs.

Attacking these problem areas now means that you are less likely to have an accident, especially when the weather turns much colder and wetter