Need an easy concrete cleaner? This diy patio cleaner will have your porch looking like new in no time...with items you probably already have on hand.
We've seriously had the worst patio for a while now. We have water "issues" in our backyard. Even having a French Drain installed hasn't done much to alleviate them. There is always mud. And it is constantly tracked onto the porch. I usually let it go over the winter and it ends up looking like this about this time of the year:
Can you see the dog's path? It's bad. I've even burnt up a motor in a power washer still unable to clean it. After researching some different methods online, I came up with one that resulted in the above spot looking like this:
I'll go ahead and preface this by saying, this is by no means a "green" cleaning solution. All I use is Bonnie's amazing Shaklee natural cleaners in my home, so this was definitely out of my comfort zone. But, I was desperate, y'all. The family was coming over for Easter and something HAD to be done!
You'll make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 2 parts bleach. It will be thick and soupy (is that a contradiction? Nah...like pea soup, no?). Grab some rubber gloves and a scrub brush. I made my paste in a shallow glass pie plate (I wasn't sure how bleach & baking soda would react with metal, so I opted for glass to be safe). I would just dip my brush and scrub the concrete. Then rinsed it all when I was done. I did line my patio with old sheets to catch the runoff. I didn't want to harm my grass or let too many chemicals just go into the big, wide world. You can see below a photo after I began the process (I sat on my little gardner's trolley like a lazy bones while working on this).
My husband and I were pretty amazed. And it goes fast. It didn't take me too long at all. Of course, the next day, the dog tracked on prints AGAIN. But, since I had just cleaned it, it easily hosed off. I'd say doing this a couple of times a year will keep the patio super clean. It also worked where my pot plants had leaked onto the patio and formed rings. Our patio now looks new!!
I guess sometimes, I really should be mopping the floor.