Entrance stairs and walkways to your home need a lot of cleaning because the outside can get very dirty. Having a clean front porch and walkways up to the porch is very important in the image of your home.
In this article, we’ll cover the best way to clean your front entrance stairs and walkways so that your house looks great from the street.
Entrance Stairs and Walkways Cleaning
There is a wide variety of different ways to keep your concrete steps sparkling and inviting. We compiled several methods to help you achieve sparkling entrance stairs and walkways.
When it comes to having a welcoming path to your house, keeping your stone front stairs and walkway clean is a mandatory effort.
We put together the most useful ways of cleaning the walkways and stairs in your home so that you wrap-up the job a lot faster.
Method 1: Using Hot Water and Dish Soap
Although there are many exterior front stairs designs, this method has been proven to work. So, let’s cover the basic steps that you have to take to keep your front entrance stairs clean with soap and water:
Sweep the steps. Take a broom from your shed and sweep away all the debris and dirt that are on the front stairs. Make sure you remove all the dirt as it is an important condition for continuing the cleaning process. A better tool than a broom will be a leaf blower if you own one.
Mix the dish soap with hot water. Take one part hot water (make sure it’s at least 40.5 degrees Celsius) and mix it with two parts liquid dish soap in a plastic bucket. Then make sure they are well-combined. Or, to make the solution even stronger, feel free to mix one part vinegar as well
Pour the mix over the stain spots. Make sure that you completely cover each stain from the front stairs with the solution and let it sit for about 10 – 15 minutes. Obligatory disclaimer: if you encounter stubborn stains, it might take for up to 30 minutes.
Use a bristle brush to scrub the stains. Avoid using a metal scrub, as you risk scratching the concrete of your front yard stairs. Don’t stop scrubbing until all the stains are removed completely. If the front stairs are not completely removed after scrubbing. Then sprinkle some laundry detergent over them and let it sit for around 10 – 15 minutes. Then pour hot water over them afterward and scrub with the bristle brush again.
Rinse with hot water. The final step of cleaning your front entrance stairs is to rinse them using hot water until you notice that all the soap is gone.
Method 2: Using a Concrete Cleaner
This is an effective method, even if you have front stairs designs with landings. So let’s exactly what are the necessary steps that you need to follow:
Remove all the dirt and debris. Start by sweeping the stairs to make sure all the dirt or any other debris is off your front stairs. A piece of extra advice here would be to cover all the plants that are nearby with a trash bag or any other plastic covering you can find around.
Mix one part oxygenated bleach with one part hot water. Use a plastic bucket to mix the ingredients until they have completely combined. Or, if you have a nearby hardware store, you can use concrete cleaner formulas for your front stairs instead of oxygenated bleach.
Spray your front stairs with the solution. Find a tank sprayer and fill it with the combined solution. Spray the front stairs, but be careful to go from top to bottom, and not the other way around. Let the solution sit for approx. 20 – 30 minutes. In the end, the front stairs should be soaked in the solution.
Use a long-handled brush to scrub the steps. Again, start from top to bottom and scrub them until you see all the grime and dirt gone. If you need to clean around the front porch stairs railing, feel free to use a smaller brush.
Use hot water to rinse the steps. Get a gallon bucket and fill it with hot, clean water. Pour it down the stone front stairs and rinse them clean as best as possible to avoid patches. If the front stairs are still dirty, then repeat the process or try using a different method to keep your front porch looking new.
Method 3: Use a Pressure Washer
If you don’t feel like scrubbing, a pressure washer can help you achieve the same level of spark and cleanliness. Follow the next steps, and you should be golden, no matter what front stairs ideas you might have had about cleaning them.
Rent one pressure washer. Because not everyone owns a pressure washer, you can visit your local hardware store and rent a pressure washer. Make sure the one that you rent has at least 4 gallons per minute (GPM), and the PSI is at least 3000.
Sweep away all the debris. You have to make sure there aren’t any leaves, dirt, twigs, or other forms of debris. Feel free to use an electric blower or just a regular broom. A good idea would be to also remove the toys, decorations, or plants that are nearby.
Apply pre-treatment to the front stairs. Take any plastic bucket that you have around and mix two parts of liquid dish soap with one part hot water. Mix them and scrub the solution on the concrete with a bristle brush or a push broom. Let it sit for around 15 – 20 minutes.
Wash the steps. Connect the pressure washer as per instructions. Install the high-pressure nozzle and select rinse mode on it. The nozzle must face the concrete front stairs before you press the start button. Start from the top stairs and use a back and forth motion to clean them.
Let the stairs air dry. Once all the stairs leading to the front door are clean, let them air dry thoroughly before applying any sealant. This process might take a day or two.
Clean Stairs Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Front Yard’s Image
A clean front porch can make a huge difference in the image of your front yard, so make sure you keep them sparkling all the time.
We hope to have inspired you with the ideas proposed above. What other tips and tricks do you use when cleaning your front stairs? We would love to hear your ideas and experiences.
Author’s Bio: Kay Burton is an interior designer and passionate writer who covers a wide variety of topics in his articles. Kay has his own blog where he shares his tips on choosing the best cleaner for granite and other useful tools for the home with his audience.