Best concrete cleaner: the best deck cleaner for your patio or yard

The best concrete cleaner and deck wash for getting rid of algae, mold and mildew fast; transform your backyard quickly and easily with the best patio cleaners

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A contemporary black outdoor dining set on a patio with concrete paving
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Looking for the best concrete cleaner or deck wash? If your backyard is paved or you have a wooden porch then you'll know that little can brighten your outside space in the same way that a good cleaning can offer. 

Although a leaf blower can remove larger dirt and debris, sometimes you need something stronger to really get rid of mildew, mold and algae quickly and easily, so to help you get your backyard looking its best, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor cleaners out there. 

Whether you need the best deck cleaner for wooden outdoor flooring, or the best concrete cleaner for driveways and patio paving, these options are designed to transform your outside space, and the good news is that some are as simple to use as spraying and then walking away. 

For optimum results other patio cleaners may recommend using alongside a pressure washer, if so our guide to the best pressure washer will help you find the right tools for the job. And of course, once your decking is spotless you might well want to treat it to some of the best outdoor furniture in order to show off your efforts!

So, no matter if you're looking for a cleaning product for use on concrete, wood, bricks, or composite, read on to find the best patio cleaner for you, and get set to transform your outside living space quickly and easily.

Best concrete cleaner, deck cleaner and pressure wash

A blue bottle of Wet & Forget concrete cleaner

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1. Wet & Forget No Scrub Outdoor Cleaner

Best concrete cleaner: suitable for cement, bricks, asphalt and stone

Specifications
Size: 64 oz
Coverage: 60-180 square feet
Surface type best for: Cement, bricks, asphalt, and stone (can be use on wood and composite too)
Reasons to buy
+Bottle has a built-in sprayer+Ready-mixed formula doesn't need dilution+Doesn’t require scrubbing or a pressure washer+Keeps your patio clean for weeks, possibly even months +Bleach-free
Reasons to avoid
-May not the best product for wood decking -Ready-mixed formula means only enough for a small surface area

There's no messing about with the hassle of a pressure washer or expending your energy on scrubbing your patio clean with the Wet & Forget No Scrub Outdoor Cleaner. 

The formula comes ready-mixed, so there's no need to dilute before use, simply use the attached sprayer to spray the cleaner onto your paving, concrete or driveway and let it sit. Most importantly, don’t rinse it off! The product will begin working to break down moss, mold, mildew, and algae, and, because you don't rinse it off, its nature-depleting powers will keep your patio clean for weeks, if not months. 

One bottle covers 60-180 square feet depending on the porosity of your outside flooring. And although we found it worked best on concrete, stone and other hard landscaping, it can be used on a wooden deck or porch too.

A bottle of DeckMAX decking cleaner fluid with a bristled scrubbing brush

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2. DeckMAX Concentrated Composite & Wood Deck Cleaner Kit

Best decking cleaner: clean wood and composite decking fast

Specifications
Size: 64 oz
Coverage: 1500 square feet
Surface type best for: Wood and composite
Reasons to buy
+Great for wood and composite patios +Kit includes a brush with natural bristles+Covers a large area 
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t be used on cement or brick patios-Needs diluting before use

Remove black and green stains as well as dirt and grease from your wooden or composite porch and decking with the DeckMAX Concentrated Composite & Wood Deck Cleaner Kit. 

The concentrated formula needs diluting before use, but this makes for a generous 1,500 square feet of coverage that's suitable for use on Timbertech, Trex, Fiberon, or any other type of composite or wood decking. 

After wetting the wood or composite deck, spray the area with the diluted deck cleaning solution (a portable sprayer is a good tool to help with this). Then either use the natural bristle brush that comes included with the kit (and a little elbow grease),  or let the solution sit for two minutes before power washing your porch clean. 

If your deck is painted just make sure to test the DeckMAX Concentrated Cleaner on a small area first to make sure that scrubbing or power washing with the solution won’t remove the paint. 

A white and teal green bottle of Oxy Solve Total Outdoor Pressure Washer Cleaner

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3. Oxy Solve Total Outdoor Pressure Washer Cleaner

Best pressure wash cleaner: pair with a jet washer for optimum results

Specifications
Size: 1 gallon
Coverage: Up to 6,300 square feet
Surface type best for: Wood, metal, concrete, plastic, vinyl
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for nearly all types of surfaces including plastic or vinyl+Good value+Covers a very large area
Reasons to avoid
- Requires a pressure washer to use

Maximize your pressure washer’s cleaning capability by using Oxy Solve Total Outdoor Pressure Washer Cleaner. This solution can help wash away dirt, grime, mold, mildew, moss, and algae from a wide range of outdoor surfaces making it a great all-rounder for backyard cleaning. 

Safe to use on concrete, brick, wood, composite, plastic, wicker, vinyl, metal, or asphalt it can give your patio furniture or boat a makeover as well as your hard landscaping. 

To use, start by completely saturating your porch with plain water on a low-pressure washer setting. Depending on your pressure washer, you can then pour the Oxy Solve cleaner directly into the jet washers' soap reservoir or hook it up to the pressure washer with a siphon tube. Use the low setting once more to cover the patio or porch with the cleaning fluid, wait three to five minutes to let the Oxy’s peroxide fighting power attack the grime, mold, and mildew and then wash away with water on a high-pressure setting.  

The Sun Joe 24-Volt iON+ Cordless Patio Cleaner Kit with Battery + Charger in a green and black casing

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4. Sun Joe 24-Volt iON+ Cordless Patio Cleaner Kit with Battery + Charger

Best chemical-free patio cleaner: a rechargeable outdoor cleaner that eliminates scrubbing

Specifications
Weight: 18.5 lbs
Power source: 24V iON+ Batteries 2.0 Ah
Coverage: The world is your oyster
Reasons to buy
+Avoids the use of chemicals+Power-assisted cleaning means no need to scrub+Cordless+Rechargeable batteries+500-watt motor reduces power usage+40 minutes run-time+High and low scrubbing speed +Mudflap to prevent splashback
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive initial outlay-Requires charging-Can be awkward to get into corners

If you'd rather avoid using chemicals in your backyard then Sun Joe's 24-Volt iON+ Cordless Patio Cleaner Kit offers an alternative way to get your hard landscaping clean.

This motorized cleaning tool is designed to take the elbow grease out of patio cleaning, simply hook your water hose to the patio cleaner and water is sprayed through two adjustable nozzles on the front of the tool whilst two rotating nylon-bristled brushes scrub away at stubborn dirt as you move the kit across your patio.

Cordless for easy maneuvering and powered by an energy-saving 500-watt motor, the rechargeable battery allows up to 40 minutes of running time. A mud flap is also fitted to prevent splashback and there are two different cleaning speeds on offer for tougher dirt.

The intial outlay of this patio cleaner is definitely more expensive than buying a bottle of patio cleaning fluid, but, if you want an option that avoids the chemicals which are harmful to wildlife, plants and pets (and want to avoid manual scrubbing), then this option could be worth the investment.

The bristled Cleanovation Deck Detailer Deck Brush

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5. Cleanovation Deck Detailer Deck Brush

Best deck cleaning brush: get a workout and a chemical-free clean in one

Specifications
Weight:: 1.9 lbs
Coverage:: The world is your oyster (or until your arms get tired)
Reasons to buy
+Good value+Chemical-free eco-friendly cleaning+Can be used alongside cleaning fluid too+Enables you to clean without kneeling+Telescopic handle for height adjustment+Bristles designed to get into hard to clean gaps 
Reasons to avoid
-Requires some elbow grease

If you want an affordable and chemical-free solution to cleaning your porch or decking, then the Deck Detailer Deck Brush makes doing things the 'old-fashioned' way as hassle-free as possible. 

It also makes a great accompaniment to an outdoor cleaning fluid, with the bristles designed specifically to get into those tough-to-reach gaps between wooden planks or cement expansion joints to allow you to tackle built-up dirt.

And although elbow grease is required with this option, the rust-resistant stainless steel telescopic handle makes things as easy as possible, with the height adjustable pole allowing you to stand and clean your patio or deck surface instead of getting on your knees.

Plus, as well as being kinder to wildlife and plants, with this option you get a clean backyard and a 'home gym workout' in one - what's not to love?!

Top tips for using the best outdoor cleaners

Twice a year  

Although some people will suggest cleaning your patio once a year, twice yearly cleanings can be much better as it prevents so much grime from building up and makes dirt removal easier. There's plenty of tips on how to clean a patio in our expert guide too. 

Consider giving your backyard a once-over at the start of spring to remove winter debris and ensure your patio looks top notch for when the summer season rolls around, and then do another clean at the end of fall when most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. 

Removing leaf debris and using it to mulch your flowerbeds is a bonus for your planting, as well as ensuring mildew and algae doesn't build up on damp decking.

Always test a solution first

Before use always make sure to test a patio cleaning solution in a small hidden section of your porch or backyard. This is especially important for painted or wooden porches, though it’s a smart thing to do with patios made of other materials too. After all, you wouldn’t want to stain your porch because you didn’t take the time to test a small area. 

Be careful with painted porches 

Painted porches can be more fragile than non-painted porches. Some cleaning solutions could remove certain types of paint, while others could make the paint crack and peel. Be careful of the brushes and pressure washers you use on painted porches as they could have the same disastrous results. 

Think about the runoff 

When cleaning a patio or porch with a cleaning solution, there will inevitably be water runoff. Some cleaning solutions can have toxic chemicals that can harm the ecosystem of nearby soil and water sources, kill wildlife, or bleach your yard, as well as potentially being harmful to children and pets. Always read the product label to see which cleaning solution is most suitable for the environment, wear protective clothing if advised, and take care to use harmful chemicals responsibly. 

Make the most of your yard once it's cleaned

Once you've done the cleaning it's time to enjoy. To maximize your outdoor living space make sure to check out our backyard ideas page for plenty of stylish patio solutions.

Alex Temblador
Alex Temblador

Alex Temblador is a Dallas-based award-winning author and freelance writer that has covered home, design, architecture, and art in publications like Real Homes, Gardeningetc, Home & Gardens, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Artsy, Neighborhoods.com, Culture Trip, among many others. She recently bought her first home, a green Sears & Roebuck house that's over 100 years old, sits on half an acre of land, and features a stunning wraparound porch, original hardwood floors, pocket doors, and a butler pantry. Alex loves to test products for Gardeningetc, Real Homes, and Homes & Gardens buying guides and reviews which has helped to expand the richness of her first-time homeowner life – she has tested everything from hedge trimmers to hot tubs. The Mixed Latinx writer can usually be found working or relaxing in her outdoor spaces.