caring for concrete patiosIf you have a stamped concrete patio in your home, yard, patio, or driveway, there are a few things you can do to keep it in optimum condition. Consult a reputable company offering concrete polishing for assistance with maintenance. You may need to have your concrete resealed on a regular basis. To keep it looking pristine and appealing, your stamped concrete patio may also need to be cleaned, patched, or recolored.

How to Clean Your Patio

You can clean your concrete patio using a standard issue garden hose, a household cleaning product, and a scrubbing brush. There is no need to blast the surface with jets of water from a power washer. Wash the patio with warm, soapy water, using either a brush or a walk-behind scrubber. After washing, rinse the area clean of soapsuds and allow the surface to dry completely. The concrete on your patio may become stained over time, due to the accumulation of fallen leaves, plant sap, twigs, or blossoms. Oil from your vehicle may drip onto the concrete or the concrete may become soiled by animal droppings. In the case of stains, you may need to clean more thoroughly. In some cases, it may be beneficial to strip the sealant. There are a range of products you can use to effectively clean stubborn stains on concrete. These include rust removers, chemical strippers, organic spot cleaners, and xylene and other solvents.

How to Reseal Your Patio

If you need to reseal the patio, try to use the sealer that was employed for the original sealing work. If this is not possible, use a similar sealing product, whether water-based or solvent-based. Test a small area for compatibility. You should aim to coat at least 400 square feet per gallon. Lightly sand or scrub the area first, if you are planning to use a water-based sealant. This will improve adhesion.

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