Patio Maintenance Tips and Equipment

Whether you are enjoying family gatherings or just taking time to relax and appreciate your yard, the patio is often a go-to space during the warmer months. However, years of cookouts and outdoor entertaining can give your patio a dull, worn look that calls for a revamp.

Restore and keep your outdoor living space in its best shape with these patio maintenance tops and techniques.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is an easy but effective way to freshen up your outdoor spaces for the summer. This seasonal maintenance task not only removes dirt and debris buildup, it also helps preserve the overall condition of the surfaces you are cleaning.

When using or purchasing a pressure washer for the first time, be sure to familiarize yourself with your machine's PSI (pounds per square inch) capabilities. A common mistake first-time buyers make is buying more power than they can handle, which can damage some surfaces that aren't equipped to handle the intense force. For household uses like washing house siding or cleaning the patio, you want a pressure washer with at least 3,000 PSI, like the FLEX' Pressure Washer. Make sure to maintain a consistent, steady stroke when cleaning surfaces to avoid discoloration or uneven line marks during use.

Resealing

After clearing the residue from your patio, you may find that your colored brick or stone still looks dull. In this case, it's best to reseal the pavement on your patio to give it a clean, fresh appearance. Once you have thoroughly cleaned your patio, wait for it to completely dry and then use a thick nap roller to apply the sealant to the patio. Two coats are typically needed; however, make sure the sealant has dried between coats. Also, as a general rule of thumb, your patio should be resealed every two to three years.

Jointing

Another common issue you may find when touching up your patio is gaps between stones or bricks. Such gaps make room for insects, weeds and, in some cases, mold buildup. Use a pressure washer with a zero-degree nozzle to remove any buildup in the joints, as it delivers a forceful stream of water that can lift such debris from gaps and tight spaces. Once the area is cleaned and dry, sweep loose jointing material into the pavement gaps. After the material sets, you can blow away any extra material with a leaf blower.