Concrete is one of the most durable and attractive materials you can use to define spaces in your landscape. But, organic substances such as leaves can stain those surfaces. Even though these stains aren’t permanent, they can be difficult to remove if left to sit for an extended period. With fall in full swing, it’s time to take action to keep your patios and walkways looking great.
Allowing leaves to sit on concrete is asking for problems. As they degrade, they discolor the concrete. Mold, mildew and other agents creep in and cause aesthetic damage to your walkways, driveways, and paths. Nip that in the bud by raking and removing leaves and other debris regularly.
Blast Leaf Debris Away
After you’ve raked and removed the leaves, the next step is to remove the leftover debris. Use a garden hose to remove leaf debris from the concrete and use a powdered dishwasher detergent to deal with stubborn stains while the concrete is still damp. Scrub the stain with a stiff non-metal brush. Repeat as many times as needed to remove the stains.
Bleach the Stain
Stubborn stains often respond to commercial bleaching agents. Wear long sleeves and pants when using bleach to protect your skin, and don’t forget to protect the surrounding plants too! You can easily cover them with a tarp. Make sure you are using products specifically formulated for yard use and test a discrete area of your concrete before bleaching the entire surface.
Cut Back on Foliage
Overgrown shrubs and trees can cause havoc on your paved areas, so make sure to cut them back every season. Keeping them in check can eliminate many concrete stains.
Pressure Washing & Sealing
If these DIY solutions don’t remove the stains from your concrete, hope is not lost. Pressure washing is an excellent option to remove these pesky stains. Pressure washing can get deep down into the material to bring the stains to the surface to remove them. After the stains have been removed, you can have the surface professionally sealed to avoid this problem in the future.
At Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning, we have several different sealing options for various outdoor materials. Whether you want to seal your concrete, limestone or marble, we are your go-to source. Give us a call today to learn how we can help protect your driveway, patio, and pool areas.