So you’ve gone to the trouble and expense of laying concrete. Now, the next step is finding the best way to keep your patio or driveway in prime condition. Follow this valuable maintenance schedule for indoor & outdoor concrete structures, and your concrete will remain sturdy for years to come.
Plain concrete – Driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks and resurfacing are some of the most popular exterior concrete surfaces. Clean these surfaces with a broom or leaf blower, and then hose it off with a regular nozzle or power scrubber. This will wash away the dirt and loose debris. For oil stains and tire marks on driveways, you may have to apply a chemical cleaner and then scrub by hand.
Stained patios – Colored concrete can be cleaned and maintained the same way you treat plain concrete. The only difference is the sealant that’s required. In order for the patio to keep its luster, apply a protective coating once every season.
Pool patios – Concrete pool patios are constantly being bombarded by water, pool chemicals and other corrosive elements. Make sure to protect tile, grout and concrete with a film forming sealant. This forms thicker barrier between the concrete and outside infiltrators. Seasonal application is appropriate, along with normal concrete cleaning procedures.
Concrete countertops – This item is gaining in popularity for residential and commercial use, particularly in the restaurant business. The best way to keep this countertop in good shape is to clean it with mild soap and warm water. Avoid harsh and abrasive cleaners or ammonia for daily clean-up.
Sinks and Vessels – Also creating a groundswell of popularity in the building world are concrete sinks and wash basins. These items can be cleaned just like countertops. Remember to use soaps that are low in PH levels, and don’t use cleaners that might leave a stain.
Basement floors – Remolding the basement has been a popular way to go these days. To clean up the naked concrete, start with a broom and dust pan or maybe even a wet/dry vacuum. Once the floor is spotless, you may want to reinvest with a slick new concrete floor. Always check for possible moisture damage or mildew stains before upgrading the basement.
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