Concrete is a very durable material that can last quite a long time if maintained and cared for properly. Concrete can be stamped to mimic a number of different materials such as wood, tile and even stone. It can also be stained any color to make your porch, patio or floor all your own design. See below for instructions on how to care for your decorative concrete patio.
Sweep your concrete patio daily to remove things such as grass clippings, dirt and other debris. Grass clippings left on concrete can get into even the smallest cracks and crevices, eventually rooting itself and growing up through your concrete causing it to eventually break apart and crumble. If you have a large patio, use a leaf blower to blow the debris away.
Spray To Clean
Spray your concrete with a garden hose to give it a deeper clean. Start on one end (closest to your house) and spray the debris off to the other side (away from your home).
Remove Stains And Spills Immediately
Be sure to remove stains and clean up spills immediately. Things like grease, oil and paint can all stain your concrete and eventually break it down, causing damage. Clean up stains using a soft scrub brush and a concrete cleaner. You can find concrete cleaner at your local hardware store. If your decorative concrete is stained, talk to the concrete installer to see what type of cleaner to use that won't damage the color of the concrete stain.
If you have some superficial cracks in your concrete, use a concrete caulk to fill it in before it gets any larger. Fill the gap with the caulk, then smooth it with your finger. For larger cracks, use a quick dry cement to fill in the crack. Smooth it level with the rest of your concrete using a putty knife. Allow it to dry and set - read the manufacturer's directions on the package for an accurate drying time.
Apply A Sealer
Apply a sealer to your patio every other year, or every year as needed. You can find concrete sealer at your local hardware store. Be sure to clean your patio thoroughly before applying the sealer to your concrete. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the sealer and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Concrete is a durable material, but it needs to be cared for and maintained properly. Protect your decorative concrete and lengthen the life of your patio by using the tips above.