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Keep Your Decorative Concrete Looking Good For Your Pool-side Barbecues

Decorative concrete is a great way to enhance your patio and pool deck so you can hold awesome pool barbecue parties. You can choose from a variety of styles and stamps that make your deck look like real brick pavement. However, you won't have to worry about weeds or the individual pieces coming loose. If you're planning on holding a lot of parties and activities on your decorative concrete, then you need to be able to maintain it. Here are some things you should do to keep your deck or patio looking fresh and like new.

Cleaning the Concrete:

Cleaning is something you should do on a regular basis, as dirt can build up and make your patio look dingy. Address stains as soon as you notice them. If you are using cleansers, make sure they are safe for decorative concrete so that you won't ruin your patio or deck's colors. Some people have had success using a small amount of baking powder with water and dish or laundry soap. Never use bleach on colored concrete. Also, don't use harsh brushes, like wire brushes, as they can leave marks. Whatever cleaning solution you use, test it out on an inconspicuous part of your patio, first.

Maintaining Its Color:

Decorative concrete can be stained in a variety of patterns and colors to match your tastes and your home's existing color scheme. If done professionally, these colors become permanent and generally require little maintenance. However, some colors may become dingy or fade in strong sunlight over a long period of time. If you're planning an important gathering, then you may want to consider refreshing or renewing your concrete's colors. There are various products on the market which can help, but hiring a professional will bring out the best results.

Keeping It Sealed:

Resealing your concrete is also something you should do regularly, about every two or three years. This is something you can do yourself, but it's better and less time consuming if you have a professional do it for you. That way, they can also point out any other problems and possible solutions before they can become bigger problems. If you do it yourself, make sure you clean the deck or patio and wait until it is thoroughly dry before applying sealer. Do not do this if rain is expected as many sealers need about one to two days to dry. Try to keep people from walking on the concrete during this time.

When all is said and done, keeping your decorative concrete in good shape will mean that you will have a patio or deck which will impress your friends and neighbors for years to come. If you are considering decorative concrete, want a new patio or deck or just want to have maintenance performed, then contact a paving contractor to help you choose what you need.