How to Clean Cement Steps


Cement stairs are often seen at the front, back or sides of homes. Because cement is very porous, water seeps in and causes mildew stains. Constant usage causes the steps to get dirty. Cement is already relatively dull due to its often neutral, gray shade. Do not let it get ugly as well by leaving stains and mildew.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete cleaner and de-greaser
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Hose
  • Apply concrete cleaner and de-greaser to the entire area according to the manufacturer's directions. Let the cleaner sit for 10 to 15 minutes to work itself into the concrete.

  • Scrub the area with a stiff-bristle brush to remove stubborn stains.

  • Rinse off the area completely with a hose.

Tips & Warnings

  • For areas with heavy staining, use a pressure washer. Pressure washers use high water rate and cleaning solution to clean large surfaces. Hot water pressure washers are typically more effective in cleaning cement.
  • Concrete becomes very slippery when wet. Only apply water in mild weather to ensure quick drying. Never apply in weather below freezing.

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