How to maintain a brick patio

If you have a brick patio in your backyard, you may be curious as how to maintain it’s appearance and usage.  Realistically, maintaining a brick patio is actually easier than one may think.  Here is all you need to get the job done:

  • A bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water

According to eHow are are some effective cleaning and maintenance methods that will keep your brick patio attractive and enjoyable:

  • Sweep away all debris such as dirt and leaves away from your brick patio.  Fill a bucket with 2 cups of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water.  Dip a broom in the mixture and scrub surfaces thoroughly especially to rid mold and mildew.  Rinse the surface and finish scrubbing.  This process can be done only once or twice a year.
  • Spread a thin layer of sand over the bricks to get it in the spaces.  This will prevent water buildup.
  • Inspect cracks for weeds.  You can use a weed killer to keep the weeds from spreading.  Round Up works wonders.

Source: eHow

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