concrete patio with knocked down finishThe concrete patio is part of your living space. Although you don’t get to spend most of your day outdoors, it still needs to be cleaned, as much as you would the rest of the house. Here are some tips in cleaning a concrete patio:

1. Clear the Concrete Patio

First and foremost, make sure that you work in a clear space. Remove all outdoor furniture, potted plants, and other patio accessories you may have. For plants and furniture that can’t be moved, cover them up temporarily with some plastic sheets.

2. Use the Right Cleaning Tools

There are times when you need to scrub away at stubborn dirt. However, make sure that you use the right tool. Never ever use a wire brush. This could leave rust stains and scratch marks on the surface. If you must use a brush, use a natural or synthetic brush with bristles just stiff enough to remove tough dirt.

3. Opt for Natural, Eco-friendly Cleaners

There are quite a lot of commercial products out there claiming to be very effective in cleaning concrete surfaces. Although they prove to be effective, it would be ideal to use something more natural and eco-friendly especially if your patio is surrounded by plants. The most popular eco-friendly cleaners are vinegar and baking soda. However, it is still best to consult a pro to check if any of these would harm the type of sealer or finish that your concrete patio has.

4. Wear Protective Gear

Whether you are using a chemical-based or organic cleaner, it is important to wear protective gloves, clothing, and even glasses. This will ensure that you are kept safe from any dirt or debris that could cause harm. If you need to kneel down to do some scrubbing, wear knee pads or shin guards. You may also lay out a rubber mat to kneel on so you can scrub safely and comfortably.

5. Seal the Concrete Patio

Once you are done cleaning and the concrete patio is dry, have a contractor apply a sealer. This will seal off the pores of concrete, making it impossible for dirt to penetrate past the surface. Also, the sealer makes it easier to clean and maintain the patio. An added bonus is that sealers come in various finishes, from flat to high-gloss, so you can choose the level of shine that would make your concrete patio look even more stunning.