Concrete can get dirty and grimy very quickly. From gutter run off mossy slime to dirt build up from flower containers. Cleaning the concrete is easy with these simple steps!
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I feel that I need to preface this blog post with a “please forgive real life here!”. If you know me or my husband personally, you know that we don’t like dirt and grime where it shouldn’t be. In fact, some may even call us a bit anal because we are particular about a lot of things…I call it respect/being responsible and don’t want stuff ruined. Our parents taught us to take care of the stuff we own, so we do…it’s not always fun, but I can honestly say, it’s always worth it! (and heck, we suck at doing a lot of the things we should, but we do try most of the time! lol)
Before we listed our house for sale we had a lot of outside clean up to do…clean up work that we just neglected in the last year while finishing all of the final touches on the inside, particularly the kitchen!
We had a concrete driveway and front stoop that we power washed yearly, however, this particular year, the build up was pretty extreme in some areas due to a realllllly rainy fall. We would have again power washed it, however, the motor on our power washer went out so when we got to cleaning, we had a bit of elbow grease and improvising to do!
Water Drainage Grime
Under my $12 DIY Planter Boxes, we had a lot of mossy grime growing from the water drainage from the plants. We also had similar spots due to drain water run-off where certain areas hit the driveway.
We also had a Little Tikes Basketball Hoop that had collected a lot of dirt under it as well.
Spilled Messes On Concrete
I really hate to admit this one, but one day I had placed a garbage bag full of watermelon rhine outside on the porch (I was apparently either too busy or lazy to take it to the outdoor garbage can) and low and behold the bag leaked at the watermelon juice soaked all into the concrete stoop. It would not wash off with water 🙁 and left an awful stain.
So as you can see, we had a lot of cleaning to do!
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How To Clean Concrete
- Begin by saturating the concrete with water.
- Using the push broom or wire scrub brush, scrub away any loose dirt or debris
- Following the directions on the Grease Lightening bottle, add the cleaner either directly to the concrete or to a large bucket filled with water (I just poured the cleaner straight on the concrete)
- Using the push broom or wire scrub brush, scrub the concrete clean until all of the grime, dirt, moss, etc has been removed
- Spray with the hose to rinse completely
- Let dry and repeat cleaning process over any stubborn stains or dirty areas
Good as new! Under this chair is where the really bad watermelon juice stain was…goodbye stains and grime!
With just a little bit of effort and elbow grease we were able to clean up our super grimey (and ever-so embarrassing) driveway and stoop.
We listed the house for sale and had 4 offers in 24 hours! ….in November! Everyone likes clean! Curb appeal baby!