How to Clean Concrete Yard Ornaments

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How to Clean Concrete Yard Ornaments
Concrete lawn ornaments suffer from dirt and stains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Concrete, while long-lasting and attractive material for lawn ornaments, can become dirty and stained over time, reducing the appeal of the ornament and your yard as a whole. Fortunately, you can clean concrete with common tools and household supplies. A power washer is also helpful for this process. Once the ornament is clean, consider applying a concrete sealer that forms a protective coating on your yard ornament.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Soapy water
  • Scrub brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Commercial cleansing products
  • Power washer
  • Concrete sealer (optional)

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  1. 1

    Sweep any loose debris off the yard ornament, using the broom. You want to remove dry debris before washing to prevent it from becoming mud.

  2. 2

    Scrub the concrete with soapy water, using the soft scrub brush. Use a toothbrush to get into any nooks and crannies.

  3. 3

    Treat grease, paint and rust stains with a commercial cleansing product. Allow the product to soak into the stain for 15 to 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Use a power washer to give the ornament a final wash, removing any residual cleaning products. The high-powered jet of water will not be enough to damage the concrete but will blast away any stubborn debris.

  5. 5

    Allow the concrete to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider adding a protective concrete sealer to your lawn ornament to make future cleanups easier. These can easily be brushed or sprayed onto clean concrete. Lawn ornaments typically require film-forming sealers such as acrylics, polyurethanes and epoxies, which are available from home improvement centres. Apply according to the manufacturer's directions.

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