Concrete is a durable and affordable material that can last for years when properly maintained. Concrete patios and driveways are exposed to all types of weather and use. Knowing the correct cleaning products and tools to use on concrete will extend the longevity and vibrancy of your patio. With a few simple supplies, you can turn a dingy patio into a sparkling outdoor focal point.
It’s a good rule of thumb to clean your patio once a year. Spring cleaning is usually a good time to clear away the furniture, grills and fire pits to give your patio a good scrub down. You can increase this cleaning depending on your needs and use.
Cleaning an unsealed, concrete patio is pretty straight forward. It only takes a few supplies and some hard work to get a clean surface. Some people opt to use a power washer if there are stains that are too tough for a manual scrub down.
Supplies you’ll need
The first step is clearing away any furniture, grills, toys from the patio. Then take the broom and remove any leaves, loose dirt or other organic matter. Then take your garden hose and wet the concrete.
Once your patio is clear, it’s time to mix your cleaning solution. Use a 1:2 ratio of baking soda and white distilled vinegar then mix until you have a paste with a thick consistency. After, use your sponge to spread the mixture over the entire patio.
Let the cleaning solution sit for at least 30 minutes. Then take your scrubbing brush and clean the entire surface. We recommend staying away from wire brushes because they can leave behind bits of metal that can cause your patio to rust. Another pro tip is to use a scrubbing brush with an extended handle to protect your back and knees.
Rinse the patio with water, making sure to spray any grass or bushes around the patio. This would be the moment to pull out the power washer for those tough stains. Allow the patio to dry completely before returning any furniture or grills to avoid staining.
Another concern can be removing rust stains from concrete. For this, the secret is using a cleaning product containing oxalic acid. This chemical can be harmful so make sure you are in a ventilated area and wear protective equipment like gloves and a mask.
To remove the stains, follow the same steps as above. Clear the space, mix the solution, scrub and rinse with a hose or power washer. You may have to repeat steps 3-4 for stubborn stains. Make sure to let the area dry completely before replacing any patio items.
Cleaning your concrete patio is straightforward and simple. Cleaning your outdoor space regularly will keep your patio lasting longer and looking great for years to come!