A patio is a crucial component of your outdoor living space and requires a lot of investment. However, due to constantly changing weather conditions, the quality of your patio might suffer. To enhance the longevity of your patio, it is important to clean it every now and then. Cleaning a patio might seem like a daunting task, but with the right steps, it won’t be as difficult.
Here are some easy ways to clean your cement patio.
Cleaning a patio is a lengthy process. It involves a lot more than just splashing soapy water on the patio and scrubbing with a hard bristled brush. Those things will happen later on, but before you get there, certain preparations need to be made. Start by removing the furniture, plants, and other items from the patio. Sweep the area thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Get rid of any weeds growing along the edges.
Now that the debris and weeds have been taken care of, the next step is to get started with the cleaning process. Keep in mind that every other patio is different and requires different methods of cleaning. If your patio is mildly soiled, a cleaner and a stiff brush would easily do the job. To make things easy, you can mix some bleach in the water to speed up the cleaning process. You can even mix slight dishwashing detergent into the solution. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray at the patio. Let the solution sit on the patio floor for a while before you clean it up. Once it is settled, clean and scrub it with a hard bristled brush.
Do not use a metal brush as it sheds metal particles. The metal particles rust and affect the quality of your cement patio. Some patios have flower beds surrounding them. If you have such a patio, make sure to protect your flower beds as you clean. The bleach tends to affect the plants so you need to wash the bleach away with a garden hose. If you must use bleach, then try oxygen bleach as it doesn’t harm your plant. Make a dilute solution of oxygen bleach with water, spray it, and then rinse with water. If the stains are tough, mix oxygen bleach in water and turn it into a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stains and allow it to sit there for an hour before you rinse it off.
Use Your Kitchen Ingredients
It sounds strange, but the vinegar on your kitchen shelf can serve as an effective cleaner. Add equal parts of vinegar to water and use it to clean the stains if the stains are too stubborn use stronger vinegar. A mixture of water and half cup of baking soda can serve as a good cleaner as well. A spray of liquid dish detergent and water will also do the trick when trying to remove hard stains.
For extremely hard stains, you need nothing else but pressure washing. mildew can only be dealt with, using a pressure washer, nothing else. However, pressure washing is delicate and you need to take precautionary measure. Remember to protect your eyes and hands. So do not skimp on your gloves and safety goggles. If possible, seek help from a professional pressure washer.
The purpose of your patio is to make your outdoor living space more appealing. A dirty patio will not only make your living space appear ugly but will also depreciate the value of your property.
Need your Cement Patio Cleaned?
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