How To Clean A Concrete Patio

Concrete is a great low cost, durable flooring for your patio and outdoor areas.  We decided to install a concrete patio in our home as we liked the look, and it was cost-effective. Like the rest of our home, cleaning the patio is part of our schedule.  

Today we look at how to clean a concrete patio and what you can do to prevent stains and keep your patio looking great.

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What You Will Need to Clean Concrete Patio

You don’t need any special equipment to clean your concrete patio: a broom, bucket, cleaning solution, scrubbing brush, and a hose.  If you have access to a pressure washer, this will cut back on some of the hard work.

If your patio is stain-free, you need to brush the patio to eliminate any loose debris.  Follow the manufacturers’ instructions and mix the cleaning solution in the bucket.  Spray water on your patio, then use the scrubbing brush dipped in the cleaning solution and get scrubbing.  A long-handled scrubbing brush is ideal for this type of work.

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Work cleaning your patio section by section and use your home or pressure washer to rinse off after scrubbing.  If your patio is not too dirty, you will finish in no time at all.

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How To Remove Stains

Our patio always gets stains around the grill from grease and spills.  Concrete is porous, so it does absorb liquids and will stain.  I try to deal with these little messes as they happen, but small areas need a bit of extra attention comes scrubbing time.

To tackle these stains, I use the same cleaner I put in the bucket, but I use a much stronger mix.  I make a thick paste from cleaner and then apply it to the affected areas and leave for two hours.  This mixture gets absorbed by the concrete and shifts the stains.  After 2 hours, I brush it away and rinse.  Really stubborn stains may take two or three applications to remove.

How To Clean Concrete Patio Without A Pressure Washer

A pressure washer will help take some of the hard work out of cleaning your patio.  The added water pressure will mean you do not need to scrub as hard.  However, if you can not hire one, you can still have a beautifully clean patio.  The only thing you will need to do is scrub a little harder.  A bit of elbow grease will save you money.

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How Often Should You Clean Your Concrete Patio

I clean my concrete patio twice a year, but a lot of people do it just once.  We do the main clean in the fall when it is getting too cold to use the patio.  I do another clean in the spring to make sure the surface looks great before the outdoor season starts.

W have this twice a year cleaning schedule because we use our patio a lot during the summer months.  We do a lot of outdoor entertaining and cook on our BBQ grill three or four times a week.  By the end of summer, there are always many grease and food stains that need to be cleaned.  The end of summer clean means the spring clean is just for any mud or other dirt built up over the winter months.

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How To Clean Unsealed Concrete Patios

If your patio is unsealed concrete, then you need to pay a little attention to your cleaning schedule.  Unsealed concrete will absorb a lot of water and dirt.  You can tell if your patio is sealed or unsealed by pouring water on it.  If the water beads and runs off, it is sealed.  If it sits and gets absorbed, it is unsealed.

When cleaning an unsealed patio, you need to pay attention to the cleaning agent you use.  An acidic cleaner can loosen the concrete and remove the top layer.  When choosing a detergent, make sure you choose one recommended for unsealed concrete.

How To Remove Mildew Stains

Mildew can grow on a concrete patio, and it can be a tough stain to remove.  You will need to treat the stained area with chlorine bleach.  This bleach solution will remove the stain and help kill the spores. 

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Clean the mildew affected area with a scrub brush, apply the chlorine bleach, and leave for 30 minutes.  Return with the scrub brush and scrub away.  

Other Stains

If you are tackling other tough stains, like rust stains or dog urine, then a cleaner based on Muriatic Acid can help.  When dealing with heavy-duty cleaners is important to follow instructions, do not mix them with other cleaners, and wear protective clothing like protective eyewear.  

Cleaning your patio regularly is the key to a great looking outdoor area.  A quick spray with clean water from your garden hose will keep the concrete surface clean and stain free.  A proper clean regularly once or twice a year to clean stains will keep your outdoor entertaining area the place to be.