By now you know all about patios: why they’re important, what furniture works best with them and how to decorate them. But one question remains: how do you go about maintaining one?
If you’ve been wondering about this exact question, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether your patio is made from flagstone, concrete, brick, porcelain or even recycled plastic—we’ve got the tips to make maintenance a breeze.
1. Keep it Clean
While this first patio maintenance tip is fairly obvious, it’s one of the most important. It’s also one of the most overlooked tips. When patios aren’t regularly cleaned dirt accumulates, stains appear and mildew or algae growth occurs—all of which decrease your patio’s durability and aesthetic appearance.
If you frequently barbeque or entertain out on your patio area, wipe up any spills or messes that occur as soon as possible to prevent staining. Sweep your patio on a daily basis, mop it with soap and water weekly, and pressure wash it at least once per year.
2. But Don’t Keep it Green
Weeds, moss, lichen, and algae are common problems that those with a patio on their property will come across. This is especially true for patios that are installed in wet climates. Thankfully there are a few ways you can get rid of the unwanted greenery that’s found a home on your patio.
A mixture of equal amounts of water and bleach in a spray bottle works, but this could damage the surrounding plants you DON’T want to kill. Rather try this: white vinegar with a splash of dishwashing soap is known to work wonders when it comes to getting rid of weeds—and preventing them from coming back.
3. Seal it
If your patio is brick, concrete or flagstone you should consider sealing it. Sealants will protect the surface of the patio from stains and spills as well as prevent any weeds from growing between the cracks. On top of this, sealing a patio will also protect its colors from fading due to sun exposure.
While sealing is a fantastic way to maintain a patio, this method comes with a maintenance requirement of its own. Water-based sealants need to be reapplied every 3 to 5 years, while acrylic sealants require resealing on a biennial basis.
4. Install a Patio Cover
We’ve covered the importance of patio covers in the past and are still firm believers in how they have the power to transform your practical patio into an outdoor oasis. Patio covers do a great job at protecting the surface of patios and wooden decks from the harsh effects of the sun.
The beauty of patio covers is that they’re exceptionally easy to maintain, especially when you install top of the range products like the ones you can view on sites like cityseamless.com.
And there you have it: the four patio maintenance tips every patio owner needs to know about. The best part about these four tips is that they’re easy to implement and won’t bankrupt you in the process.
Do you have any of your own tips for maintaining your patio in an effortless manner? Please share them with us in the comments section below!
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