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:
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.
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