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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If you're tired of looking at your lackluster landscaping but aren't sure where to begin when it comes to improvement, you may want to give some thought to installing concrete landscape curbing.
Landscape curbing, or the solid borders that surround gardens, water features, and other landscaping elements, can create a brand-new look for your lawn. You may be surprised at how much more sophisticated and streamlined your lawn looks after you've invested in some new curbing. Here are some benefits:
1: Better Curb Appeal
Real estate agents consistently promote the importance of "curb appeal" when trying to list or sell a home. Homes with high curb appeal (that is, homes that have simple, attractive, and streamlined exteriors, including landscaping) are far more likely to find a buyer quickly than homes that are obviously "fixer uppers" or that will require a bit of work to get in show-ready condition.
By installing stone or concrete curbing instead, you'll be able to create a seamless appearance that's aesthetically pleasing. This streamlined and low-maintenance landscaping can catch buyers' eyes, enticing them to come in for a closer look, even if some of your property's features might otherwise have been disqualifying factors.
2: Improvement in Value
Not only can the curb appeal generated by your new curbs make your home easier to sell when the time comes, it can improve the "paper" value of your home. This can improve your ability to qualify for favorable refinancing and home equity terms, providing you with the cash you need to perform other home maintenance or improvement projects without dipping into your savings or taking out a higher-interest personal loan.
3: Reduction of Lawn Maintenance
One of the chief benefits of landscape curbing is its subsequent reduction in weeds. Not only can having a solid border between grass and garden prevent grass seeds and other unwanted intruders from putting down roots where they shouldn't be, it can make it much easier to trim any weeds or tall grass that does make it through this initial barricade.
Because concrete curbing is designed to stand up to the elements, it is also well-equipped to any abuse a lawnmower (even a riding or zero-turn mower) or weed eater can dish out, remaining stable and strong even when in direct contact with the blades. This can allow you to mow or weed eat directly against the edges of your curbing, enhancing the neat and trim appearance of your lawn and garden.
Installing new landscape curbing is almost certain to improve the appearance of your home while improving (and retaining) home value and saving you time on lawn and garden work. Want to know about our landscape curbing services? Call us today at 760.772.6849 or receive a FREE ESTIMATE here.
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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