How to Dress Up a Concrete Patio

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A concrete patio can become dull and worn looking over time and with use. The weather and countless barbecues can take their toll on the finish of a cement patio. The patio can be rejuvenated with a coat of concrete stain. Concrete stain is a specially formulated product that seals and beautifies cement surfaces. It comes in a variety of colors to satisfy the desire of the individual homeowner. The entire process is completed over several days, including drying time.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete stain
  • Push broom
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Long-handled stiff brush
  • Garden hose
  • Paint roller
  • Paint roller applicator
  • Roller pan
  • Sweep the patio with a push broom to remove large particles of dirt and debris.

  • Rinse the patio with a garden hose, making the patio very damp.

  • Sprinkle trisodium phosphate over the entire surface of the patio.

  • Scrub the patio with a long-handled stiff brush. Work the trisodium phosphate into the cement to clean and neutralize it.

  • Rinse all the trisodium phosphate off the surface of the cement with a garden hose. Let the patio dry for at least 24 hours in good weather.

  • Pour some concrete stain into a roller pan. Attach the same long handle that you used for the brush to the paint roller applicator. Roll the stain onto the cement patio evenly, covering the entire surface. Let the stain dry for 24 hours before using the patio normally.

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