It is finally starting to seem like winter is almost over! With winter coming to an end, many homeowners are getting ready for spring cleaning. While cleaning routines differ from person to person, spring cleaning usually involves sweeping, washing, and scrubbing the inside of a home. However, it is essential to add cleaning up your backyard and outdoor area too. Spring and warm weather means you’ll likely be spending more time outside, especially if you have a patio. Patios and warm weather are a great combination — perfect for barbecuing, having backyard parties, and other outdoor fun. After a chilly winter, many homeowners may notice that their patio is not looking its best, and if they want to enjoy it during the spring and summer, it is essential to spruce it up as a part of spring cleaning.
With a little work, you can turn your patio into a fabulous outdoor living area! To help homeowners speed up the process of spring cleaning, we put together a few tips that will help homeowners ensure that their patio is spick, span, and ready for spring!
Clean The Patio Surface
Many homeowners add de-icer to their concrete patio surfaces in the winter months to help prevent people from slipping. De-icers can cause a patio surface to corrode over time, leading to unattractive or damaged concrete. In addition, the winter weather likely left behind some dirt and debris, so it is best to start the cleaning process by removing it. By getting a hose, bucket, and a concrete detergent, you can bring life back to your patio. Scrubbing and rinsing the surface will help pull out dirt, grease, and grime, leaving you with a cleaner outdoor space.
Clean and Add Patio Furniture
If you left any patio furniture out during the winter, it is likely that is in need of some TLC. It won’t be long before people are sitting in those filthy chairs, so it is important to give them a good deep cleaning. Be sure to wash any cushions that go with patio furniture for a fresh and clean feel. If you don’t have any furniture for your patio it is a great investment, especially if you plan on having guests over during the spring and summer. If you have patio furniture that is looking lifeless, breathe new life into your weather-battered chairs and benches by adding a fresh coat of paint.
Add Some Flowers
An easy way to turn your patio into a relaxing atmosphere is by adding some flora. Whether you plant flowers around the patio area or add potted flowers, it will certainly add some natural beauty to the area. They also add an indulgent fragrance, too. If you live in a drier climate, such as here in Utah, adding cactus will add a nice touch to your patio area.
Add Some Accessories
Accessories can really make a patio comforting. Apart from the essence of outdoor patio furniture, such as garden chairs or a sofa, adding some textiles like mats, rugs, and even curtains can really improve the look and feel of the area. While adding these accessories is not absolutely necessary, guests will be sure to notice them at a barbeque or outdoor party.
Prepare The Grill
One of the worst things about winter is not being able to fire up the grill as much. Grilling is great during warm weather—there is just something satisfying about it. However, after a long winter break, your grill is likely a little crusty and gross. If you plan on having guests over for a barbeque or a cookout, you’ll want to give your grill a thorough and deep cleaning. With just a little bit of scrubbing, your grill will be ready for some burgers in no time.
Add Some Lighting
Fun on the patio can be enjoyed all night long, as long as you have the proper lighting. Whether you want to create mood lighting with tiki torches or want to integrate other lighting fixtures, every occasion on the patio deserves picture perfect lighting. String lights can add a pleasant touch to your patio once the sun goes down, creating the perfect environment to entertain guests. For a brighter, cleaner look consider adding landscape lighting around your patio area. What about the daytime hours? Create shade with solar shades, umbrellas, or awnings.
Add Sealer to the Concrete Surface
Adding concrete sealer is a great way to protect your patio surface as well as add some life to it. Adding concrete sealant will extend the life of your patio, protecting it from staining, cracking, and other forms of abrasion and wear. Concrete sealing comes with numerous benefits and it is a great investment for homeowners who use their patio regularly. Plus, certain sealers add a sheen to your patio, giving it a classy and sleek look all year round. If you do not feel comfortable doing this job yourself, consider hiring a professional who specializes in concrete sealing and staining!
Consider Concrete Resurfacing
Many homeowners believe that their concrete is durable. For the most part, this is true. However, that does not mean that concrete is immune to harsh outdoor elements. If your concrete patio has more cracks, stains, and noticeable flaws than you can count, concrete resurfacing, or concrete restoration, may be for you. This is a more affordable option than concrete replacement, but it will still make your patio appear as if the surface was just poured.
Mix Things Up
Spring gives homeowners a fresh start to customize their patio in an aesthetically pleasing way. There are plenty of ways to enhance the look of your patio — however, if you really want to try something different and optimize your outdoor patio area, using stamped concrete is a great way to do so. Wood and stone patios look great—however, labor and materials required for them can quickly add up. Stamped concrete is a great solution for enhancing your patio surface. Stamped concrete can replicate expensive stone, tile, brick, and even wood surfaces. Stamped concrete can really add to the aesthetics of a patio. Some of the most popular stamped concrete patterns that homeowners choose for their patio are brick, stone, and hexagonal tiles.
We sure hope that these tips help you get a head start on your spring cleaning! By following them, you can add life to your patio after a chilly winter. Here’s to many days spent outdoors this spring and summer!
If you want to enhance the surface of your patio to prepare for spring through concrete staining, sealing, or resurfacing it is best to contact your local concrete contractor. When it comes to concrete contractors in Utah, there is not a better option than Drake Custom Coatings. We specialize in the repair and protection of concrete surfaces. If you want to have a fresh, new patio ready in time for spring, our concrete coating, sealing, or restoration services are just what you need. Interested in a free concrete resurfacing quote? Contact us today!