A patio is a great place to entertain guests, relax after a long day of work, or enjoy the outdoors. 

Our patio was a mess! The grime and dirt accumulated on the surface made it look like we hadn’t had any guests since last year. 

It seemed like there was no way to make this space look like it did the day our contractor left with his crew of laborers. 

That is until I found out how easy it would be to keep my patio looking shiny and new again.

When you first install your patio, it looks gorgeous and new, but as time goes on, dirt can accumulate on the surface, which will make it look dull and old. 

In this article, we’ll talk about some simple steps you can take to maintain your patio so that it always looks its best!

Read more for different tips and tricks to maintain a beautiful, welcoming yard space!

Sweep Your Patio Every Day Before It Gets Too Hot 

Brush the floor thoroughly with a broom. Make sure to get in the corners, cracks, and crevices.

Listen for furniture that’s squeaking or rocking when you use it. Check patio chairs and tables to see if they’re loose or need oiling. 

It’s essential to keep your patio clean so passersby can enjoy looking at it as much as you do! 

Just grab your broom and sweep everything off daily.

If you like, hire someone to come by with a pressure washer every couple of months to give it that shine!

Clean Your Patio Regularly

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Clean Your Patio Regularly!

You should clean like once a week, and make sure it does not get wet. That will ensure your patio stays free from mold and mildew and last for years to come. 

You must always sweep or vacuum off any dirt or debris from patio surfaces before going about with cleaning projects. 

Removing loose particles will help prevent staining as well as minimize scratches when using a patio cleaning product.

Never use too many harsh chemicals or acidic substances when cleaning. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions first before applying cleaning products for the best results. 

Before buying one, you can also check out cleaning product reviews online to find the best cleaner.

For tough stains, try using a superheated patio steam cleaner to help break down tough dirt and grime fast without causing damage to your surface.

Clean tiles by mixing some ammonia (1/4 cup) into two gallons of water; mop this mixture onto floors, then rinse them clean afterward. 

Clean stains from patio stones by applying liquid hand soap and using hot water and a scrub brush. Later wipe the deck dry with paper towels.

Patios should always dry entirely after washing – do not let your patio stay wet as this may cause problems like discoloration and mildew.

For cleaning walls, mix warm water with one tablespoon of dishwasher liquid soap or baking soda in a bucket.

Scrub patio walls with a sponge mop and rinse them clean with a hose built for walls. 

Clean off bricks by brushing them with a damp cloth followed by a dry one to remove all dirt and grime.

Clean Up Any Spills as Soon as Possible to Avoid Stains

You can use a mop to clean, but you may need more cleaning products if the patio is filthy.

If stains are stubborn or do not come out with warm water and vinegar, use a cleaner like Soft Scrub® Spray Cleaner. 

For really tough jobs, use Soft Scrub® Maximum Strength Gel. 

Apply the cleaner to the surface with a cleaning brush; scrub until the stain starts to fade.

Let it sit for 10 minutes, and finally, rinse off with warm water. Allow your patio to dry completely before using it again.

For particularly delicate surfaces, such as stone or concrete, consult your local home improvement store about products that are safe for cleaning.

Make Sure Your Patio Is Free from any Stagnant Water

That can cause algae build-up and staining. 

Look for visible signs of algae build-up, including a green or black substance on surfaces and the patio being slippery in certain areas. 

Algae is not easy to remove after it has formed, so you should try to prevent it from forming at all by keeping surfaces clean and dry.

If algae have already begun to form, wet a patio surface and scrub the affected area with a stiff brush and freshwater.

That will remove any loose debris and algae. Be gentle with surfaces as you remove algae, as this can still cause damage even if you are careful not to scrub too hard or too quickly.

A patio cleaner might work for removing heavy or stubborn stains, though you can also use a power washer to remove these more effectively.

If a patio cleaner does not entirely remove the stain, the patio likely needs more than just surface cleaning, and repairs will be necessary if you want to get rid of the marks. 

You may need to replace pavers with chipped corners and worn surfaces, which can harbor water and allow algae to form on surfaces. 

Repairing such issues is best done by professionals; however, if you know how to handle problems like this yourself, then feel free to go ahead and do so instead of hiring someone else.

Protect Your Patio from Excessive Sunlight

It would be best if you protect your patio from excessive sunlight, especially pavers that are naturally darker in color. 

Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause pavers to fade or crack faster. 

Patios that are in direct sunlight for too long without much airflow can get hot inside. 

If the patio isn’t getting proper airflow to cool it down, add air vents around the patio’s perimeter. 

These will allow fresh air to enter while allowing warm air to escape. Keep doors fully open on windy days to give extra ventilation.

Ensure patio furniture is always covered when it’s not in use, and also make sure umbrellas are closed if you’re not around. 

Also, consider covers for uncovered patios so dust and debris will not collect on the patio surface. 

Covered patios should be cleaned regularly as well, just like uncovered ones!

Take Care of Your Patio Furniture Cushions

Remove cushions from furniture during the off-season to protect them from moisture damage caused by water infiltration.

That will prevent water from collecting at the bottom of the cushion during periods of dampness, sleet, heavy rains, or other forms of precipitation.

That can damage furniture fabric over time. 

Silica gel packs are another great furniture protector. 

After turning cushions over, place several silica gel packs underneath them to absorb any moisture collected on the underside of patio furniture fabric.

Please take out the cushions and spray them with a patio cleaner before putting them back in place, and check for rips and tears in the fabric pillows too!

Keep the Furniture on the Patio in Good Condition with Regular Maintenance

Cover furniture with protective covers every night if the patio is not in use. 

If your patio has overgrown with plants, you can cut them to promote better airflow and sunlight to penetrate the patio area, so it dries more quickly after rain or watering.

Hose down furniture at least once a month with warm water mixed with mild soap. 

For cleaning inside tables, vacuum out all dirt and grime. 

Keep patio furniture away from decks or patios that are prone to water damage like rain runoff. 

If you have furniture made from wrought iron, use patio cleaner and a hose to spray chairs and tables. 

Wrought patio furniture is susceptible to rust, and owners would be wise to invest in patio cleaner that contains rust remover. 

Use patio cleaner on chairs and tables at least twice a year–especially if you live near the ocean or another source of salty air.

Most owners prefer wooden furniture over plastic furniture because it will last longer than most other furniture materials.

Patio owners can easily roll furniture up for storage each winter before cold weather starts.

Do not store it out in inclement weather, for this causes damage or mildew to occur on furniture that’s left outdoors when temperatures are below freezing.

Keep Your Grill Clean

Before you grill, remove the grill rack and wipe it with a wire brush to dislodge any stuck-on food particles. 

When done grilling, scrub the rack again before putting it away. Store your grill safely away from children’s reach.

Simmering food particles may seem harmless, but they cause the patio to develop black spots. 

Taking the grills down after each cooking session will reduce the frequency of patio cleaning.

Take Care of Your Patio Fan to Lengthen Its Life

Please turn it off during winter months when patio use is at a minimum. 

If you live in an area where you cannot turn off the fan, clean your fan regularly to keep blades firmly fixed against the motor housing.

That also keeps dust out of motor bearings so it can work efficiently. 

Clean out the grill on top of the fan each week of birds’ nests which could clog your patio’s airflow. 

If you do not have patio cleaner handy for this task, soak cloths in water mixed with ammonia or bleach and attach them to your fan blades using a twine.

That will allow the fan to rotate freely and cleanly.

Apply Sealant on Your Patio’s Surface and Furniture

Apply sealant to prevent cracking and fading of patio furniture. 

It’s best to do this in spring and early summer before furniture use for the season.

Be sure to clean furniture and surfaces thoroughly before sealing them.

Depending on how much sun an area gets, applying sealant two or three times a year may be necessary. 

Make sure chairs and tables are dry, so you don’t trap dirt under the sealant. 

Apply the sealer evenly, using a paintbrush to get into small spaces between pieces of furniture.

Do not leave furniture unprotected from heavy rainwater. 

Sealants can prevent mildew from forming on floors, walls, and roofs but will have no effect if they cannot breathe through wet wood or furniture.

Check your patio for cracks and gaps that may allow water to seep in. 

Cover any gaps or cracks with sealant to prevent any water damage that may happen over time.

Replace any broken tiles, so you don’t trip over them.

If your tiles are old and some of them have already broken, this is the first thing you should do. 

Please dispose of the broken tiles so you won’t stumble upon them when walking around on your patio. 

It’s essential to maintain your patio so it can last as long as possible. 

A safer patio makes for a happier home!

Water the Patio Every Few Days to Keep It Beautiful

When summer rolls around, give your patio an occasional drink of water once or twice a week at most. 

Keeping the soil slightly damp will prevent cracks in concrete paving stones and give plants room to grow. 

Intense rainfall can handle most watering duties for you if needed, but make sure not to over-water. 

Turn on the faucet only when you are giving your patio some extra water or if you need to clean it. 

If you notice your patio is getting dry, pour a small amount of water directly onto the surface.

Keeping an Eye Out for Pests Can Prevent Them from Taking Up Residence on Your Patio

The more attentive you are about keeping pests like ants away, the less likely they will be able to ruin your patio faster than your home improvement project can renovate it! 

If ants find their way into cracks in paving stones, sprinkle some borax granules around these areas. 

The ant infestation should subside after time as they will carry this powder back to their nest, where it will destroy the colony.

Try not to put furniture outdoors when there are pests around, such as bats or wasps.

Pests can damage furniture and take away from the beauty of your patio. 

Bat droppings, for example, can cause wood furniture to deteriorate faster than usual.

Keep food and drinks off of your patio as much as possible. 

That will stop pets from using the patio as a litter box, and it will help keep other bugs from coming.

It’s essential to take care of any pest problems you have outside to prolong the life of your furniture.

By maintaining your patio, you will be able to enjoy it for years down the road.

Add Outdoor Lighting for Safety at Night 

A patio looks best when it functions properly and safely, too. 

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Add lighting for security

Nighttime safety is essential to enjoyment. Add outdoor lighting for safety at night. 

If you want the patio area lit up like a football field, that’s okay.

Just be sure to pick low-voltage landscape lights or solar lights for your patio so there won’t be any danger from electrical shock. 

The patio will look its best in soft evening lighting with luminarias and candles to set the mood.

Imagine furniture set out on the patio with a glass of wine or icy lemon sorbet to freshen up after work. 

That is not an occasional patio. It’s an oasis of pleasure that you can enjoy year after year. 

Take good care of your patio and spend lots of time enjoying it.

How to Take Care of Your Patio Plants

Keep plants on the patio away from walls with heaters, which give off a lot of warmth. 

That can quickly dry leaves and make them catch fire. It is best to keep plants on the opposite side of any heater.

Place plants like ferns, holly bushes, palms, ivy, etc., away from the wall and at least 2 feet apart. 

That will allow proper air circulation around plants, preventing mold or mildew build-up.

Alternatively, plant flowers like petunias near walls to provide color.

Propagate any plants that are getting too big for the patio. 

Any excess plants should be given away or donated to a local garden store or nursery. 

Prune woody or flowering plants to encourage new growth. Fertilize plants once every three to four months during spring and summer.

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Take care of your patio plants

Add general-purpose fertilizer by hand immediately after pruning. If your patio is heated, keep indoor plants there as they need higher humidity levels to thrive. 

Indoor potted plants will grow better if you place them near an east-facing window while keeping out of the direct sun, which could scorch leaves. 

Water plants deeply and infrequently to prevent root rot. 

Water early in the day or later in the evening so that plant roots have time to dry out before dark. 

Adjust planting depending on how much sun your patio gets throughout the year.

Add more shade-tolerant plants to areas with less sunlight.

Don’t Forget Your Patio Roof

As for roofs, it is best to replace cracked or broken tiles with matching tiles. 

That will help your roof last longer. 

If one tile were to crack or break, then the whole roof wouldn’t have the same waterproof integrity that it had before. 

Ideally, roofs should be waterproof as well as paved with materials such as terracotta or stone.

That will ensure that they can endure heavy rainfall without any wear and tear.

Clean roofs occasionally by sweeping away dirt and other matter using a broom made of natural bristles.

If you have plants or grass growing on top of your patio roof, be sure to cut it back on a more regular basis. 

You can get roof tiles from your local home improvement store and give the old ones a fresh coat of paint. 

That will not only make them look new again but also protect them from future rust and corrosion.

Would you please do whatever you can to keep your patio’s roof looking nice because it will be a prominent feature in your backyard? 

Maintain Your Patio Tools

Keep tools clean and organized by placing them in a container near doors that are easy to open and close. 

That makes it easier for you to find what you’re looking for when you need it and reduces the amount of time spent organizing tools after a project.

You need to Clean tools with soap, water, bleach, or vinegar after every use.

Store equipment away from walls where there won’t be mold/mildew growth. 

In addition, place garden appliances like lawnmowers outdoors well before winter starts.

That allows people access outside without tracking dirt inside during inclement weather conditions.

Improve storage by installing shelves or hooks to hang patio tools.

Organizing tools saves time and reduces the amount of effort needed for upkeep. 

toolboxes are great for storing cleaners, equipment, etc., near doors.

Bright colors make finding patio tools in your garage or shed easier. They also give your outdoor space a pop of color.

Keep patio toolboxes on shelving along the wall with hooks above them. You can easily reach them when needed.

Conclusion

When it comes to patio maintenance, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. 

Water seeps through cracks and gaps in the surface to mildew or mold build-up because plants don’t have adequate spacing.

You’re bound to run into some problems if you’re not careful. 

Here’s our list of 16 easy ways to keep your outdoor space looking pristine year-round. When was the last time you maintained your patio? 

Do you have any patio maintenance tips of your own? Let me know in the comments below!

You can also contact us at reasonatefuture01@gmail.com to get help with other home improvement projects.

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