How To Clean and Update Your Concrete Patio

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If you have a concrete patio, or even a sidewalk outside of your home, you probably have noticed a lot of stains or mold on it from the weather and from daily dirt and dust that accumulates on it. These stains can get pretty unsightly and can make your home look unkempt. To get your patio clean and free of stains, follow the instructions below.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Push broom
  • Pressure washer
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Baking Soda
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Gloves (optional)

Instructions

  1. First, you'll need to remove everything from the concrete area. Move everything far enough away so that the over-spray won't get on your patio furniture, planters, or decor.
  2. Spray the concrete with your hose or pressure washer, working from the area closest to your house to the area nearest to your grass.This way the water doesn't settle close to your home. 
  3. While the concrete is still wet, squirt some of your liquid dish soap onto the concrete. Work the soap into the concrete using your push broom. You can work in smaller sections if your patio is larger to avoid the soap drying too quickly.
  4. Once you have the soap lathered and scrubbed into the concrete, you can spray it clean with the pressure washer or hose.
  5. If you still have any stubborn stains on your patio, you can try and scrub them clean using a mixture of 3 parts baking soda and 2 parts bleach. Mix the ingredients into a bucket. The mixture should be like a paste. 
  6. Apply the paste mixture onto the stubborn stains and scrub them with your scrub brush until they come clean.
  7. Rinse thoroughly with the hose/pressure washer.

To give your patio an updated look, you can paint the concrete using concrete paint. The paint will give your patio a whole new look. You can give it texture depending on the concrete paint and method you use to apply it, or paint it using a bright color (or several bright colors) for something a little different. 

If, however, your patio is in pretty poor shape, as in it's cracked or crumbling, you may want to think about having your patio replaced. Concrete can be customized with a stamping method so it can mimic stone or even wood. You can also have your concrete stained with any color to give it a unique look. Contact a concrete contractor in your area like Hofmann Concrete Construction LLC if you are thinking of having your concrete patio replaced.

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