How To Apply Stain To A Concrete Patio

Concrete patios are great to have in your yard to enjoy in those summer months, entertaining your family and friends. Concrete is durable and can last quite a long time if taken care of properly. The downside to a cement patio is that it can look a little bland. To help give your patio a little more depth, interest, and beauty, you can stain it to give it a whole new look. See below for instructions on how to apply stain to your concrete patio.

Tools And Materials For The Job:

  • Push broom
  • Concrete cleaner
  • Shop vacuum
  • Concrete stain
  • Painter's tape (or duct tape)
  • Plastic
  • Paint sprayer
  • Garden hose


  1. To begin with, you need to clean your concrete thoroughly to remove all stains and debris. Use a push broom to get rid of initial debris and leaves. Also, pull out weeds or grass that may have grown through cracks in your patio. 
  2. Next, use a concrete cleaner to give your patio a deeper clean. Spray (or pour) the concrete cleaner onto your patio following the manufacturer's directions, then scrub it clean using a push broom (to help save your back and knees). Hose down your concrete with a garden hose to rinse the concrete cleaner from your patio. If the water pools anywhere on your patio, use a shop vacuum to soak up the water to prevent any of the dirty water from leaving dirt or residue on your patio. 
  3. Once your patio is clean and dry, you can begin applying the stain to your patio. Watch the weather to be sure you have a few warm, dry days. Add plastic attached with tape along your house to prevent the stain from getting onto the foundation or siding. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the paint and add it to a paint sprayer, or a garden sprayer for a simpler application. You can also use a paintbrush or roller if desired. The look will change depending on the method of application. A sprayer can help make it look a little less uniform, and therefore more natural looking, as opposed to using a paintbrush or roller (which will look more uniform).
  4. Allow the first coat to dry, then apply a second coating if desired. Extra coats will give the patio a darker, deeper stain. Be sure to allow at least an hour in between coats for dry time.
  5. Finally, use a sealer to help protect your patio and the stain. This step is optional, but it's a good idea. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the sealer you use.

Applying a stain to your concrete patio can make a somewhat bland or boring patio look more interesting and beautiful. For more information on how to care for your concrete patio, check out a website like