Before long it will patio season in the Coachella Valley. Patios are the perfect place for hosting an outdoor get-together with friends and family. When you are getting your outdoor party area ready by washing your patio furniture and outdoor cushions, don’t forget to clean your concrete walkways, patios and pool decks too. Here are some easy tips:
1. Natural Cleaning Solutions for exterior concrete flooring
There are natural, eco-friendly alternatives for cleaning your concrete patio floor. Vinegar is a fantastic cleaning agent. Mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water (add a few pinches of salt if you need to scrub away stains). Spray onto the surface, mop and rinse.
If you are adverse to the smell of vinegar, add drops of your favorite essential oil to mask the smell. Use vinegar (not diluted with water) on tough stains and scrub with a nylon brush. Again, if you don’t like that vinegar smell, clean stains first then mop with the diluted vinegar solution with added essential oils.
Baking soda is a good cleaning alternative as well. Its abrasive texture gives it natural scrubbing power to help remove dirt and grime. 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.
Hydrogen peroxide is another non-chemical option for cleaning your patio. Simply replace the screw on cap with a spray nozzle, spritz on the concrete patio floor, scrub with wet broom, and now you have a clean surface. If you have any highly soiled areas, spray vinegar over the hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a nylon brush or rag.
2. Power away stains with a pressure washer
One quick and easy way to get your concrete patio floor super clean is using a power washer. And it works great for removing mold and mildew too! When using a pressure washer, follow the instructions. Always wear protective gear, including eyewear, boots, and gloves. The water is very powerful and should never come into contact with your skin. Spray evenly and steadily along the patio until all dirt is gone. Choose a pressure washer that is strong enough to clean gaps and stuck-on grime and mold.
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Compared with other types of flooring, especially carpet, resurfaced concrete floors are a breeze to clean. When protected with a sealer, they resist stains and abrasion. However, concrete floors aren't completely maintenance free, and you'll need to clean the surface regularly to keep it looking its best.
How often you will need to clean and reseal depends on how much wear and tear your stained concrete is exposed to. For example, a floor in a residential setting (such as a living room) is likely to take less abuse than one in a busy retail store. Here are some other general guidelines:
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