Here are a few ideas about how to keep your cement patio clean.
Sweep the surface to remove dirt and debris after you remove the plants out of the way. Take time to extrace the weed that grow around the edges.
Slightly Dirty?For a lightly soiled patio, you can remove dirt with a cleaner and a stiff brush. Use bleach mixed with water and a little dishwashing soap to the solution and put into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the surface, let sit for a few minutes and then scrub with a stiff nylon-bristled brush. A metallic brush because will leave metal "crumbs" on the concrete that rust and stain.
Natural Cleaners: Vinegar is the go-to natural cleaner and it works on patios. Mix it equal parts of vinegar and water to clean stains, or use full-strength vinegar on heavily soiled patios. Baking soda is 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, let sit for 30 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
Very Dirty?For heavily stained or mildewed patios, use a pressure washer. Look up a rental center or your local Lowes. Follow the directions and wear protective eyewear and gloves. Protect your house's exterior walls and doors from loose debris the pressure washer will remove from the patio surface by covering the walls with plastic sheeting.
Once your patio is clean, protect it from future stains by sealing it with a concrete sealer.
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