How to Maintain Concrete Patio

Published: 06th August 2010
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You cannot save your concrete patio from every day mess, spills and chemicals that get hold of the concrete over time. The best way to keep your concrete patio well maintained and clean is regular maintenance work. If you want your patio look good, wash it once in a week and daily cleaning is also necessary. If regular cleaning is ignored, these stains and messes become hard on the surface of the concrete and it makes things very difficult for you to remove them easily.



Required Items



Following items are required to keep your concrete patio well maintained and clean:



- Bio-Clean

- Bucket

- Cat litter

- Hose

- Laundry stain remover

- Oven cleaner

- Powdered laundry detergent

- Push broom

- Washing soda



Steps



These steps will help you to clean your concrete patio and make it look good and give it a newer look.



1. Take a bucket full of hot water and add a cup of washing soda in it. Washing soda is powerful non-toxic chemical, also known as salt of carbonic acid. It helps to remove stains and dirt easily. Washing soda is commonly used in making of soaps and detergents. Stir the mixture of hot water and washing soda. Saturate the push broom with mixture and rub it on the entire patio. After cleaning the patio, wash the patio with garden hose.



2. For hard stains or marks left over, use oven cleaner. Spray the over cleaner on the stains and other greasy matters properly. Leave the surface for 3-4 hours so that cleaner properly penetrate into the greasy matters and stains to make them loose. Later, wash with hose.



3. You can use laundry stain remover on hard stains. Apply laundry stain remover along with small amount of water on the stains and leave it for 5 minutes or so. Rub off the stains with brush and wash the area with hose.



4. For oil based marks and spots, cat litter is the best option. Scatter the cat litter on the oil based spots and grind the spot with hard blocks or hard boots. Leave it for time so that the litter absorbs all the oil. Wash it with hose afterwards.



5. Bio-clean is another powerful citrus- based agent to remove the stain, dirt, oil or any greasy spots. Bio-clean is considered as the heavy duty concrete cleaner and is biodegradable. Use it on the stain or oily spots and scrape with push broom. Later, wash the area with clean water.



Precautions



- Oven cleaner is highly toxic agent. Keep children and animals away from it. It is extremely dangerous if swallowed.



- It is better to clean and wash the patio as soon as you see any stains or messes with water. If you let them soaked into the concrete, they will become hard to remove. Bio-clean is a powerful agent to remove all sorts of stains and mess. You can purchase it from any departmental store.



You might also want to learn more about How to Adding Living Space With Using More Concrete and also How to Deciding Which Tile to Use.

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