Asked on Jun 28, 2019

How can I make over my porch so it doesn't show footprints?

by Lynn

I stain my porch looks terrible every Time the dogs walk on it they leave feet prints I try to mop up and it leave dirt marks it always looks dirty

tbe Rest of the yard looks nice but this eye sore any help would be appreciated thank you in advance

  7 answers
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jun 28, 2019

    Have you considered painting a pattern that might help you hide the paw prints? Here is one of my favorite:

  • Hi, Lynn!

    There are also stencils that can be used with paint to create a pattern similar to tile. It’s a lot of work but most have reported great results. Hope this helps!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 28, 2019

    Then the floor needs to be prepped so that then stain will adhere. Etching the floor with a solution of acid works but inside you home this may me messy, as it need to be cleaned with water. I would go to a pro paint store for details on how to apply , usually you stain at least once depending on the effect/color you want. Then seal the floor with a clear sealer. With any floor coating you will always have maintenance issues.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jun 28, 2019

    My HOA requires that we paint/stain our driveways. I hate it! Once you put something on concrete you have to keep doing it or it gets awful.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jun 28, 2019

    needs sealer over stain

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Jun 29, 2019

    You need to make a decision with yourself and whoever else may be involved with the dog to not have it there in that space. Then you'll be able to keep it nice once you've gotten it cleaned up. I don't know if this is front or back of the house, but you should be able to use a pressure washer on it once you've decided about the dog, and decided what you're going to do with the porch. Make all of your plans first and then go to town on it. It will be lovely.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jun 29, 2019

    Well, Lynn, I'm thinking the surface of your porch isn't sealed, creating that dirty-mopped issue. There are a number of products out there that will do the trick (of sealing the surface) but you need to follow the directions exactly. You can also do a seal after any decorative work as suggested above. If your dogs are bringing in dirt and debris, you can also cover the porch (or an area where they walk) with a mat or carpet made for outdoor use. It will catch the dirt on their paws and you will only have to shake it or hose it periodically while the rest of the porch stays clean. I have three dogs and this works well for me.