3 steps to prep patio for summer

Must-do's when washing and sealing

Getting your brick, concrete or stone patio ready for summer fun is as easy as 1-2-3. There are just three easy steps to follow, and you’ll be ready for barbecuing and entertaining before you know it!

Get things ready

Start by removing any furniture, planters or other objects that are sitting out on the patio. Next, give the patio a good sweeping with a push broom to clean it off. Avoid the temptation to use a pressure washer, as the hard spray can damage the bricks and break out loose mortar joints.

Now inspect the condition of the patio and see if anything needs to be repaired. You may have bricks that are loose, mortar that’s missing, or concrete that’s cracked. Depending on the nature and the extent of the damage, make whatever repairs are necessary. You can find replacement bricks, mortar mix, mortar patching compound, and other repair materials at home centers and other retailers that carry masonry and concrete supplies.

Wash the patio

Your next step is going to be a thorough washing of the patio, which will remove dirt, mildew and other grime that’s keeping the surface from looking its best. For that, you’ll want to use an oxygen-based bleach.