Neglecting annual maintenance and cleaning of hardscapes can result in hard stains that can decrease the value of your property over time. Not only is it important to clean these hardscapes thoroughly, but many hardscapes should be sealed to protect them from harsh weather conditions throughout the year that cause staining and fading. Hardscapes made of pavers, stones or concrete can absorb salt, dirt, weeds, mold, mildew, oil, and grease which all can be damaging if not properly maintained. Fortunately, there are tips and guidelines to follow so you can keep your hardscapes looking beautiful all year long.
A popular choice when it comes to hardscapes – however, with a high volume of cooking, you’re looking at spills and potential staining. When considering a material for an outdoor countertop, granite is overall your best bet regarding maintenance factors. Granite will hold up to use, abuse, and weather conditions better than other surfaces. Granite is the material of choice both for beauty as well as care. To clean the surface of stainless steel appliances, rinse with warm, soapy water. For heavier cleanups, use a safe, non-abrasive sponge. Avoid exposing your appliances to strong or caustic chemicals, such as paint removers, oven cleaners, etc. Remove excess moisture and towel-dry after each use. This will prevent mineral deposits from building up on the surface of your grill, access doors or other outdoor kitchen appliances. For optimum results when cleaning the exterior surfaces, be sure to rub in the direction of finish lines of the grain in the stainless steel.
Paver driveways can have their own types of stains. If you find that motor lubricant and grease has penetrated a driveway surface, mop up the excess oil with rags. Cover the area with oil absorbent kitty litter, talc, fuller’s earth, or diatomaceous earth. Leave it on the stain for a day and then sweep up. For tire skid marks, scrub the black area with water, detergent and scouring powder. Fresh paint on concrete pavers should be mopped up immediately with rags or paper towels by blotting. Do not wipe as this will spread the paint and extend the job of removal. If the paint is latex, soak and then scrub the area with hot water, scouring powder and a stiff brush until no more improvement is seen. Scrape away any excess. Apply a commercial paint remover on the remaining spots and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Gently scrub the area and blot it up without rubbing.
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