Spring and summer are great times to sit out in the garden while enjoying the good weather and relaxing with family and friends. Pre-cleaning your patio is important and can take a long time depending on the size and dirt of the patio. This article offers tips on how to make cleaning much easier and faster.
Method 1 of 3: Preparation
Step 1. Disassemble the trash
Remove any items that are out of place or that are broken.
Step 2. Sweep or rinse the entire patio with water to remove all dirt, leaves, and debris
Step 3. Get rid of the weeds
Weeds don't add to the look of your patio, so pick out large weeds with your hands and pick out small ones between the tiles with a large knife. You can spray herbicides or sprinkle salt between the tiles to kill the weeds.
Method 2 of 3: Concrete Coating
Step 1. Make a solution of 1 cup bleach and a bucket of water
If your patio is very dirty, use undiluted bleach. If you clean it regularly, use laundry soap.
Step 2. Scrub the entire patio vigorously with a stiff brush
If you are using chlorine bleach, be careful when cleaning near plants or grass, as the bleach can kill them. If you are using undiluted bleach, pour it over your patio for a few minutes or hours, depending on how dirty it is. If you're using laundry soap, just pour some solution into your patio, add water, and start cleaning.
Step 3. Gently rinse your patio if you have used undiluted bleach
Leave it on overnight and rinse again in the morning.
Method 3 of 3: Stone Coating
Step 1. Mix a glass of laundry soap or baking soda with a bucket of water and pour the solution over the stone floor
Before using soap, make sure it can be used on tiles, as some tiles require special care.
Step 2. Scrub the patio vigorously with a stiff brush
Step 3. Leave it on for a few minutes
You can spray vinegar between the tiles to kill weeds.
Step 4. Rinse your patio thoroughly
Be careful in areas near vegetation, as the soap solution can kill the plants.
- If your patio is very dirty, you can use a pressure cleaner.
- Wear gloves when handling bleach.
- Use a hose when cleaning the patio. It will be faster and you won't have to carry buckets of water.
- Never mix different cleaning products.
- Wear old clothing when handling bleach as it can become stained or severely damaged.
- Bleach is dangerous and poisonous.
- Be careful when handling bleach. Keep children and pets at a safe distance while cleaning.