Patio season is in full swing here is Roseville and the Greater Sacramento Area. Now is the best time to enjoy your backyard with friends and family. But do you cringe every time you use your concrete patio because of how dirty it is? Not to worry – with a little elbow grease you can get that patio party-ready. Here’s what you need to do.
For a quick clean
If your patio is looking just a tad dingy you can give it a quick clean with dishwashing detergent. Just mix up a little soap with water, work up some lather, and use a broom or mop to spread it over the concrete patio. Once you’ve finished, rinse with clear water and let it air dry.
For a stain
Does your patio floor have a few mysterious stains or a patch of mold? These too can be conquered! You will just need some household bleach. First, spray your concrete floor with water. Next, use a solution of half a cup of bleach to one gallon of water and spray it on the concrete. Let the solution stand for a few minutes to penetrate. After that, use a brush or push broom to scrub the stain. Rinse the concrete with clear water and let it air dry. If you’re worried that the bleach will leave its own stain on the patio, do a test spot first in an out of the way area.
For an organic clean
If you don’t like the idea of using bleach, there are some organic alternatives you can try. Many people swear by the cleaning power of vinegar. Just mix vinegar with equal parts water and spray onto the concrete surface. For stains, try using undiluted vinegar, or add some salt to the vinegar to use as an abrasive for scrubbing. If you don’t like the smell that vinegar leaves behind, try adding a few drops of an essential oil you like. Another less smelly option is to make a paste with baking soda and water and use that mixture to scrub out the tough stains. Hydrogen peroxide will also work if you want to avoid chemicals. Just spray undiluted hydrogen peroxide on the concrete and scrub with a brush. As with the other methods, rinse with clear water and let air dry.
For a deep clean
Even though the methods above work well for most concrete patios, you may be confronted with a stain that just won’t budge. For those tough areas, it’s time to pull out the big guns. Use a pressure washer if your patio has been neglected and needs a deep cleaning. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can often rent them by the hour from a local home improvement store. Make sure to follow all manufacturers’ directions for using the pressure washer, including wearing protective gear. Use a steady back-and-forth motion to clean the concrete until it sparkles.
When it’s time for you to get that concrete patio ready for a party, we recommend starting with the least toxic cleaner and working up from there. Once you’re done, it’s time to bust out the barbecue, invite some friends and family over to celebrate, and enjoy the great Roseville weather!
Brought to you by your Roseville Real Estate Agent – Chuck Klein. For more information on the Roseville housing market, real estate and homes for sale in Roseville and The Greater Sacramento area, please contact Chuck at (916) 996-6222 or email.
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