Patios are a great outdoor living space for your home. They provide a great place to relax and enjoy your yard year-round. As summer ends and fall approaches, it is a good idea to keep your paved or natural stone patio clean. Regularly cleaning off your patio helps prevent stains and keeps your outdoor living area looking great for years to come. Take some time this August or September to clean off your patio before the fall season. Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces provide some helpful tips for maintaining your patio.
Maintaining Your Patio
Keeping your patio clear of debris, such as leaves or sticks, will help prevent stains or other blemishes. Plan to sweep off or use a leaf blower any time dirt or other debris accumulates. Additionally, you can use a hose to wash off the patio every so often. This can keep the area clean in between thorough cleanings.
Natural Stone Patios
Natural stone patios have grown in popularity. Hardscaping has become a standard backyard element. Regular stone patio maintenance involves sweeping debris off the area and occasionally hosing it off. Keeping leaves, sticks, and other items prevents them from staining the patio stones. Check for weeds growing between gaps or through cracks. To prevent weeds from growing, apply polymeric sand to the patio. Polymeric sand prevents weed growth and discourages bugs from living in the stones. Remove anything growing through, as they will cause cracks and gaps in the stone to expand. Every few weeks, clean the stone off with a mild cleaning solution. Treat the patio for mold, mildew, and moss. Especially pay attention to areas in shady areas of your yard as it is easier for the area to develop mildew.
Paved Patio Maintenance
For a paved patio, start by sweeping it off and removing any weeds or vegetation. Small weeds and grass can eventually grow through cracks or gaps in the patio, so regularly remove those. Hose off the area to remove dirt and mud. Like other patios, use a mild and non-acidic cleaning solution to gently scrub the pavers. Use a stiff-bristled brush instead of a metal one. After cleaning the paved patio, rinse the entire area off with water.
If your patio is made from pavers, consider sealing the pavers for better protection. Purchase a sealant specifically designed for your pavers. Apply the paver sealant every two or three years according to the product’s directions. Sealing paver patios protects them from environmental factors and helps to prevent stains.
Patio Builder and Designer in Atlanta, GA
Patios do not require much maintenance, making them a great addition to your home. Maintaining your patio is as simple as sweeping them off and using some soap and water to scrub them every few weeks. They provide areas to enjoy your yard and spend time with friends and family. If you are looking to install a patio, contact Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces! We provide the best landscape design in Atlanta and have been in business since 2001. Schedule a design consultation to create the backyard living space of your dreams.