Patios are outdoor areas that are generally used for recreation or dining, the patios adjoin a residence and are normally paved. When you keep the floors of your residence clean, make sure you keep your patio clean as well. Spring is a good time to clean your patio.
Here’s how to clean a cement patio.
When you want to clean your patio, move furniture, plants and other appliances from the patio. Sweep the surface thoroughly to eliminate grime and scattered remains of things destroyed. Eliminate the weeds that may have grown between the cracks in the pavers or along edges.
If it is a lightly soiled patio, you can eliminate dirt using a cleaner and a stiff brush. You can also make use of water mixed with bleach. Add about 1/8 cup of liquid dishwashing detergent to the solution and put it into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the surface, after spraying wait for a few minutes and then scrub with a stiff brush.
Do not use brush that’s metallic because using it can put metal bits on the concrete which can rust and stain the patio. If they are flowerbeds enclosing your patio, safeguard them as well, because bleach will damage the plants. Rinse the bleach off with the hose. Bleach such as OxiClean is a safer option. Dilute it with water and spray on the patio, then rinse off prosperly. For stains that are hard mix oxygen bleach with water to make a paste the consistency of peanut butter. Apply it to the stained areas and wait for an hour. Thereafter, Scrub with a nylon-bristle brush.
Natural and eco-friendly cleaners can be prepared from ingredients in your kitchen. For instance, Vinegar is the go-to natural cleaner and it works fine on patios. Mix it equal parts of vinegar and water to clean stains, or use full-strength vinegar on heavily soiled patios.
The use of Baking soda is also another good natural cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda to one gallon of water for a gentle cleaning solution. Add 1/8 cup of liquid dish detergent. Spray on patio surface, wait for about 30 minutes, thereafter, scrub and rinse properly.
For patios that are heavily stained or mildewed, the use of a pressure washer is needed. You can obtain one at a tool home improvement store.
When using the machine make sure you follow the directions for use on the it, on how to clean a cement patio. Also put on your protective gloves and eyewear when using a pressure washer because the water comes out at a great force. Protect your house’s exterior walls and doors from loose residue the pressure washer will remove from the patio surface by covering the walls with plastic sheeting.
If you noticed your patio is clean, safeguard it from future stains by sealing it with a concrete sealer. You can use a paint roller in applying the sealer. Begin from the middle of the patio and roll the sealer out to the edges. Once it’s dry, you’ll have a shining clean patio.