Concrete patios offer many advantages over wood or synthetic look-alike products. They offer more design flexibility—in shape, color, surface treatments. Concrete can be stamped, stenciled, or etched to resemble other materials or to have a unique look of its own. It’s more durable, longer-lasting, and less expensive. Plus, it’s easier to clean and requires less maintenance.
But low-maintenance isn’t no-maintenance. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a concrete patio for years of beauty and enjoyment.
Clean on a Regular Basis
A patio is like any other room in the house. Keeping it free of debris prevents wear and discoloration from leaves, berries, seeds and spills that fall on it.
- Brush away debris, deicing or fertilizer chemicals and follow-up with a thorough washing
- Spot-clean spills to prevent staining. Dissolve and wash away greasy spots with a dishwashing detergent
- Wash and scrub the patio with dishwashing soap at the start and end of the season; more often if needed
Reseal Every 2-3 Years
Just like the protective wax on a car, concrete sealer wears away with weather and wear. Keep colors vibrant and surfaces fresh by resealing the concrete periodically.
I. Rinse away dirt and debris with a hose-end sprayer or power washer
II. Apply liquid dish detergent and scrub the surface with a push broom
III. Rinse thoroughly until all the soap suds are gone
IV. Dry the surface completely. Use a leaf blower or simply wait 24 hours for it to air dry
V. Apply the sealer
Making your customer aware of these easy maintenance practices will ensure that your work will stay beautiful and keep your customer happy for years of enthusiastic referrals.
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