Cleaning Tips for Your Concrete Patio

July 29, 2019 10:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s finally summer, and that means that it’s time to start spending more time outside on your back patio soaking up the sun and enjoying quality time with your friends and family. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about patios, however, it’s that the more time you spend on them, the dirtier they tend to get.

Before your patio gets too filthy, you’ll need to take some time to do some concrete patio cleaning in Crivitz, WI. Continue reading to learn tips and tricks to remove some common concrete patio stains!

Removing red rust stains

Rust stains left on the patio from chair legs and old grills are quite unsightly, and can really detract from the overall appearance of your patio. Luckily, they’re typically not that hard to remove if you have the right materials. First, sweep away any debris from your patio with a broom. Next, apply oxalic acid or a cleaner containing oxalic acid to the rusty-red area. Scrub the cleaner into the concrete using a nylon-bristled scrub brush, and then rinse the solution off with a hose. Repeat this as many times as needed for the stain to disappear.

A word to the wise: Using chlorine bleach to treat a rust stain can actually make the stain set in permanently. Be sure that you always use an oxalic acid-based cleaner when you’re trying to remove rust.

Removing mildew stains

Unlike red rust stains, which can be worsened by chlorine bleach, mildew stains have to be treated with chlorine to effectively remove the stain and kill all of the spores. Mix a solution of one part chlorine bleach to two parts water in a bucket or spray bottle. Pour your solution on top of the mildew stains and let it sit for five to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the stain. Next, scrub the stain using a nylon-bristled brush and rinse it off with a garden hose. For really bad mildew stains, you may need to buy or rent a power washer, as a garden hose may not be able to handle the stain on its own.

Removing grease stains

If you plan on grilling on your patio this summer, there’s a good chance that you’ll get some grease on the concrete. Treat any grease stains right away, as concrete is porous, and the longer grease sits on the surface, the harder it’ll be to get out. To clean a grease stain, pour a thick layer of kitty litter or corn starch on the stain and let it sit for one to three days. After that, sweep up the kitty litter, spray the area with a cleaner that contains a degreaser and wash it off with a hose.

If you wait too long for concrete patio cleaning in Crivitz, WI, you might not be able to get your patio completely spotless. In that scenario, give Kwiatkowski Construction Co., Inc. a call to install a new patio at your home. We can even pour stamped and decorative concrete to achieve the perfect-looking backyard space. Give us a call today to find out what we can do for you and your home!

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