Although you’re not likely to be spending a great deal of time sitting outside on your patio at the moment, you shouldn’t entirely neglect this outdoor area in the winter.

One of the things that can cause your paving to look old and dirty is a buildup of moss, algae or lichen, all of which typically occur during the wetter months of the year. Algae in particular can be a problem because it will make your patio very slippery.

But all of these tend to accumulate when water is allowed to sit on paving for an extended period of time, so this is the time of year when you need to be vigilant for puddles forming outdoors and do your best to disperse them – once the downpour has stopped of course.

If you regularly walk across your patio after being in the garden, take care not to leave clumps of dirt or mud on the paving. It might not seem like a lot at the time, but nature has a way of turning these errant pieces of earth into a haven for weeds and other plants.

You don’t want spring to arrive only to find you have a number of weeds growing on and between your paving slabs. Brushing the dirt away if you notice it building up will help prevent this from happening.

Of course, if you reach the warmer months of the year and realise that your patio is far from perfect, you can always hire professionals to carry out patio cleaning in the Wirral. This can even be a good idea if you’ve kept on top of your winter maintenance tasks, as it will mean your outdoor space is in great condition at the start of the season, giving you a clean slate to work with.