How to Clean a Concrete Patio

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom

  • Hose or pressure washer

  • Liquid dish soap

  • (Optional) Bleach or vinegar, baking soda, bucket, bristle brush and spray bottle

Tip

If you don't like the smell of bleach or cannot work with it, try a safe, nontoxic concrete cleaner. Most home improvement stores offer a selection.

Warning

Cover plants with a tarp to protect them if you're using bleach or a more toxic cleaner.

You may not think of it as a no-maintenance wonder, but your concrete patio probably comes close. Easier to clean and maintain than a deck, a concrete patio looks smart and defines an outdoor area with distinction. But like anything else, a concrete patio gets dirty, especially after stormy weather or a long winter. Fortunately, it cleans up well, making it a low-maintenance wonder.

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Step 1

Remove furniture and all other objects from the patio, especially planters. Dirt often wedges underneath planters.

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Step 2

Sweep the patio thoroughly, working side to side and then going over the area again in the perpendicular direction. Work in small sections and apply a vigorous hand to remove as much dirt as you can.

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Step 3

Rinse the patio with a hose or a pressure washer. While the patio is still wet, squirt some liquid dish soap directly onto the surface.

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Step 4

Scrub the patio with the broom, working the suds into the concrete. Rinse the patio again with the hose -- and use strong water pressure -- or a pressure washer.

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Step 5

Remove stubborn stains from the patio by pouring a small amount of bleach onto the concrete. For better control over how much comes out of the bottle, pour some bleach into a plastic spray bottle and spray the concrete instead. Alternatively, mix 2 cups of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water and apply this solution to the concrete.

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Step 6

Scrub the solution into the concrete with a bristle brush. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse it away with a hose or pressure washer.

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