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Does anyone know how to get rid of moss on paths and steps ? I bought some stuff in a spray container especially  for it, but it has no effect.

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On the few occasions I have wanted to clear moss off the path, I have used caustic soda. It is a powder that you mix with water. Available from Wilkos when I last bought it a few years ago.

It is basically sold as a drain cleaner, but lists several uses on the label.

Don't follow the  scrubbing prodedure for path cleaning-you do not want to get this on your skin! All you need to do is mix as directed, then gently and slowing pour it on the area. 

Use rubber gloves, and don't splash it about. Take your time with it.

The moss will turn black and dry up in a few days. It will then brush off as you  sweep the path/steps with a stiff sweeping brush. Then swill the area with water.

 

Tip:

Put water in the bucket first. I found that putting the powder in first can make it go hard and lumpy. Have a stick ready for stirring-piece of a tree branch will do.

 


 


 

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4 hours ago, Janus said:

On the few occasions I have wanted to clear moss off the path, I have used caustic soda. It is a powder that you mix with water. Available from Wilkos when I last bought it a few years ago.

It is basically sold as a drain cleaner, but lists several uses on the label.

Don't follow the  scrubbing prodedure for path cleaning-you do not want to get this on your skin! All you need to do is mix as directed, then gently and slowing pour it on the area. 

Use rubber gloves, and don't splash it about. Take your time with it.

The moss will turn black and dry up in a few days. It will then brush off as you  sweep the path/steps with a stiff sweeping brush. Then swill the area with water.

 

Tip:

Put water in the bucket first. I found that putting the powder in first can make it go hard and lumpy. Have a stick ready for stirring-piece of a tree branch will do.

 


 


 

Would that be the same stuff I use Janus, Soda Crystals, 89p a packet from Wilkinsons, if so, as you say they do a fantastic job..

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No padders.  Caustic soda can burn the skin-hence the need for wearing rubber gloves when using it.  AKA Sodium hydroxide.

 

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A solution of Jeyes Fluid, poured from a watering can, also works.

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A watering can is a good way to evenly & steadily apply the mix, especially on steps. Best to keep a separate watering can for jobs like this.

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Just scrape it up....

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I use Jeyes fluid in a pump container, it also perfectly clear sup the smell of dog urine and the neighbours cat.

 

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On 30/07/2020 at 10:02, horribleblob said:

A solution of Jeyes Fluid, poured from a watering can, also works.

I tried that but it didn’t work.

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