We’re sharing a DIY from our friends at Two Feet First about repairing concrete steps that have chipped around the edges. It’s a problem for many homes built before 1990. It can be a tripping hazard and a definite eye sore. So, let’s get to work to add a little curb appeal to your front entryway.
You’ll Need The Following Supplies:
A bucket for mixing cement
Cheap paint brush
Spray bottle full of water
Flat wooden board
Before you can repair the damaged steps, you’ll have to prep them. This is pretty easy. Using your wire brush and putty knife, scrape off any loose concrete.
Clean the surface with dish soap and your scrub brush. Then rinse to remove all dirt and soap with clean water. Let the entire area dry.
PRO TIP: a power washer would be a great way to remove loose debris and dirt. It would also be a great way to blast of soap after step two. But keep in mind you’ll have to allow the concrete to dry before making repairs.
Now you’ll mix the cement. Follow the instructions on the bag for mixing ratios of water to product. A good rule of thumb for mixing cement is to only mix as much as you can use in 5 minutes or else your mixture will dry out and crumble.
Spray the damaged area with water from your spray bottle – only enough to dampen the area. You don’t want water to pool anywhere. Using your trowel, apply your wet cement to the broken parts of the cement steps. Make sure you’re really working it into all of the nooks and crannies.
Build up the wet cement to repair the step. Your flat board can be used to help make the shape or the step flat and level.
Once you’ve perfected the shape of your step’s edge, spray again with water from your spray bottle. Just to make the surface of the wet cement a little more damp. Then use your paintbrush to go over the surface of the new cement for a brushed texture.