Why are stamped concrete patios often superior to bricks or pavers? Natural surfaces like brick and cobble form a surface with many interlocking pieces. This type of surface is highly susceptible to changes in the underlying structure caused by frost heave. In a climate like Colorado Springs, that can be a major concern. It takes a lot of maintenance to keep a natural surface patio looking its best.
Spring is the perfect time to deep clean your concrete patio floor. Before you get out your summer outdoor furniture, get the floor looking shiny and new. Start by sweeping away all dirt and debris and then follow these suggestions from Improvements to get that concrete patio floor ready for the outdoor season. Keep us in mind for any concrete patio repair.
A surefire way to clean away stains, mold and gunk is to use bleach or oxidized bleach. Before using bleach, remove any plants to keep them protected. Spray the concrete patio floor with water. Make a diluted bleach solution (1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water) and add to a spray bottle.
Coat the patio surface with the solution and let it sit a few minutes. Then thoroughly scrub with a nylon brush. Do not use a metal brush as pieces of metal will break off and cause rusting. A nylon push broom works great and covers much more ground than a regular scrub/cleaning brush. Rinse with water and let dry. Your patio should be sparkly clean. (You should always spot test with the bleach solution to ensure it does not discolor concrete floor).
Additionally, you can hose off the patio and scrub stains using a detergent such as Dawn or Ajax dishwashing liquid. To remove dark brown or black spots on patios in shady or damp areas, scrub them with a solution of bleach and water. This method will also help remove moss, mold and mildew.
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. … Mix 1/2 cup baking soda to one gallon of water for a gentle cleaning solution.
Use Cola to clean up oil stains. Oil dripping from a car can tarnish your driveway or garage floor, but it’s easy to clean up with some cola. All you have to do is pour a few cans of room-temperature cola on the stain, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, blot it with some old towels, and rinse off any remains.
Mix half cup of baking soda with one gallon of water and mop the concrete patio floor. If there is baking soda residue, spritz with vinegar to remove. For a stronger cleaning solution, add baking soda and liquid soap to water and use to wash the floor. Rinse with water to combat any residue and let air dry.