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Cement patios are known for their durability and affordability. Throw in some slick, trendy furniture and tasteful painting, and you have more than just the dull surface most individuals think of when you mention a cement patio.
But despite its durable nature, outdoor cement can start to look worn and ugly if you allow dirt, mold, and the effects of harsh weather to accumulate over time. Instituting a consistent cleaning schedule can keep your patio and outdoor furniture looking beautiful for years.
How Often Should You Clean Your Cement Patio?
It would be best if you plan to clean the patio at least once a year. You can arrange to clean it once spring sets in. That way, you can clear out all the winter muck and grime and prepare for any summer entertaining. If the patio was extensively used over the summer, plan to clean it before the winter sets in. You don't want to be cleaning out grease or food stains that have dried along with the winter mud.
What Do You Need to Clean Your Cement Patio?
The supplies you'll need to clean your patio depends on the level of muck and grime stains you need to remove. If you are dealing with heavy stains, hardened mud, and mildew, you should probably use a commercial cleaning detergent and a gas or electrical-powered pressure washer.
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- Distilled vinegar.
- Baking soda.
- A leaf blower or a broom.
- Stiff scrub brush.
- Sponge mop.
- A garden hose and spray nozzle.
Pro-tip: Don't use the vinegar and baking soda solution in a pressure washer.
How to Clean Your Cement Patio
Here's how you get your cement patio and outdoor furniture sparkling clean:
- First, remove all furniture, accessories, and flower pots from the patio. Once that's done, use the broom to sweep off any surface debris and dirt. If you have any weeds growing along the edges and cracks of the tiles, you can use your hands or a kitchen knife to pull them out.
- Next, use your leaf blower to blast out any errant leaf or debris left behind after sweeping. You can then use the garden hose and the spray nozzle to wet the concrete.
- If the patio isn't heavily stained, spray the surface area with your vinegar and baking soda mixture and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with the stiff brush till all the stains have disappeared. Rinse the patio with the water hose till no trace of the cleaning mixture is left. Never use a metal brush on a concrete patio because it will leave bits of metal that will eventually rust and stain the concrete tiles.
- If your patio is heavily stained or suffering from mildew growth, you should use a pressure washer. You can purchase one if you live in an area with a history of mildew growth, or you can rent one from your tool rental. Ensure you wear protective gear while using any pressure tool. It brings out the water at high force, and that can dislodge stones and debris. Also, cover your home walls with plastic sheeting so that you don't stain the walls.
- Finally, use the pressure washer to clean your outdoor cushions and pillows. Make sure you don't place the washer too close, so it doesn't damage the fabric.
Once you are done cleaning out your patio, you can use a concrete sealer to protect it from future heavy stains. Apply the sealer using a paint roller and leave it to dry for a day. Once it's dry and clean, your patio is ready for use again.