The patio is a great place to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home. Because it is exposed to all outdoor elements, it is important that it is well-maintained to extend its lifespan. However, not all homeowners have the luxury of time to clean it and not everyone can afford to hire someone to do it for them. Here are cleaning and maintenance tips for concrete patio owners with very limited free time.
Inspect the Patio First
When you have free time, do a thorough inspection of the patio. Bring a pen and notepad with you and list down what you think needs to be addressed, for example:
- Weed growing between cracks
- Mold growth in some areas
Do not perform any cleaning yet. Just make the list and sort it starting with the one that needs to be addressed immediately to those that can wait. Also, try to estimate how much time each task would need just to give you an idea which can fit into your schedule.
Prepare Everything You Need
Since you already have a list of tasks, write down what you need and make them available in your home.
This way, if you find time to clean, everything you need will already be within reach.
Ask for Help
If you can’t afford to hire someone to do it, asking for help won’t hurt anyone. Ask family or friends to help you out. It could be a reunion-like event except that it involves cleaning and maintaining. Even in your short time, you and the rest of your family and friends would be able to accomplish a lot. Then you can reward them with a heartful dinner afterward.
Invest in Concrete Patio Resurfacing
Patio resurfacing seem expensive but it actually is not. Also, it only takes a day or two to fully complete a resurfacing project. The overlay or coating can renew the surface of your patio into something more appealing and more durable. The great thing about this is that it is very easy to clean and maintain. It is perfect for busy homeowners who don’t have the time to do tedious work.
There is no such thing as maintenance-free when it comes to concrete patios. But there are options that can minimize the need to clean and maintain. With a bit of patience and determination, your concrete patio can become clean and beautiful again, no matter how busy life can get.