Steps to maintaining your decorative concrete surface so that it looks fantastic for years to come
Most people know that the key to preserving the appearance of your decorative concrete surface is a high-quality sealer. They’re right, but did you know that regular maintenance is also key? Nothing is maintenance-free, and that goes for decorative concrete, too. Learn how to care for your surface so it looks great, even after years of use.Contact us about your concrete
Here are the basic steps for taking care of your surface. Following these steps will help you keep it clean, preserving its beauty and durability.
Here are the steps to performing a basic clean on your decorative concrete surface. The details of what you need to do depend on whether you’re dealing with an indoor or outdoor surface.
Yes! With the right tools and information, you can clean your surface yourself. (See above for the basic steps.) Always follow instructions on any cleaning products you use.
Here’s what you’ll need to clean your own decorative concrete surface:
First, try power washing (for outdoor surfaces) and a diligent scrub with a mop and warm water (for indoor surfaces). If that doesn’t work, you may need to use a cleaning solution. Before putting anything on your surface, verify that it’s formulated for the type of surface you have. If you’re unsure, consult with the contractor who installed your decorative concrete surface.
There are times when water doesn’t just cut it and you’ll need to use a cleaner. Before putting any kind of cleaner on your decorative concrete, verify that it’s appropriate for your surface. If it’s not, you might etch or discolor your concrete.
Contact the contractor who installed your decorative concrete or another reputable contractor if you’re unsure about what product to use on your surface.
The type of cleaning product you use depends on what type of stain you have. For example, citrus-based cleaners are good for grease; muriatic acid is good for rust; trisodium phosphate (TSP) is good for algae, etc. Read our maintenance guide for more information on what product to use for various stains.
Due to a variety of reasons, your surface may be beyond the point where a good cleaning makes it look good again. If that’s the case, don’t worry—there are options for making it look great again without having to tear it all out and start from scratch.
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