Your patio is the ultimate entertainment destination. Whether you’re throwing the perfect birthday celebration, a game day get together, or a sophisticated evening with friends, your patio is a valuable asset to your outdoor setting. As you use your patio, however, it can begin to get beat up and grungy, which is a look that no one likes. There are a few things you can do to not only make sure your patio is ready to entertain but is kept looking great all season long.
Invest in Polymeric Sand
Polymeric sand is perfect for those with stonework on their patio. The cracks between stones can often accumulate dirt and moss, and you can use polymeric sand to seal the stonework to make it easier to clean and make it safe for pressure washing. It also prevents the growth of weeds and prevents bug infestation. You can obtain the sand at any home improvement store which will also give a detailed guide on how to use the product for your particular patio stonework.
Clean More Often
In between professional cleanings, you should aim to clean your patio on a regular basis. Every few weeks you should take a soft scrub brush with warm soapy water and scrub your patio surface. You also want to ensure you’re doing weed removal on a regular basis and always treat grease and food spots immediately.
Kill Weeds a More Natural Way
One of the best DIY ways to maintain your patio is with a homemade weed killer made with white vinegar and dish soap. Put your vinegar in a bottle and add just a squirt of dish soap. The vinegar is highly acidic, and when it adheres to the weeds, it breaks them down so they are easier to pull. This is an easy and effective way to take care of small weed problems, and when paired with the polymeric sand, is highly successful. This is also safer than traditional weed killer as vinegar is not toxic to pets.
The worst thing you can do for your patio is to clean only at the beginning and end of the season. To keep your patio looking fresh all season long, tackle basic maintenance every month. This includes sweeping the patio to clean off sticks and leaves, filling cracks and rinsing the surface. Try to do this at least one weekend a month. It will help ensure your patio is entertainment ready and also protected from damage.
While it is possible to DIY most things for your patio, it is important to get professional cleaning and maintenance done regularly. At Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning, we are dedicated to ensuring your patio is a beautiful and personal part of your property. To learn more about our services and what we can do for your home, visit our website or call today to schedule an appointment.