Concrete surfaces are very durable and provide clean, reliable surfaces for our floors, patios, walkways, and driveways. Although normally very reliable, concrete is a porous surface and can be prone to absorbing unwanted stains and becoming discolored. There are many ways to remove these stains, and one of them is the use of bleach.
What is Bleach?
Bleach is a chemical agent that we use for many purposes around our homes. It works to clean and remove unwanted stains and works to kill germs and biological growth. If you have mold and mildew growth, bleach can kill the spores while helping to clean the stain. Bleach is an easy product for homeowners to access, and is very inexpensive.
Using Bleach to Remove Stains
Although bleach is a strong cleaning agent, it won't be effective on oil or grease-based stains. It can remove some unwanted colors and kill dangerous spores, but can't remove oily stains. A special degreaser or oil-remover will need to be used. Sometimes, concrete requires more aggressive cleaning such as with the use of pressure washers, abrasive cleaning, or chemical treatments.
How to Use Bleach
Care should be taken when using bleach. As you know with washing your clothes, it can have adverse effects on some materials. You might begin with a non-chlorinated bleach, which will be more gentle. To clean the soiled surface, first apply the bleach with a scrub-brush and allow to soak for a few minutes. Rinse several times with hot water to remove the bleach. Applying a pressure washer can also be advantageous.
If you have a concrete surface that you want to clean up before spring arrives, then request free estimates from prescreened concrete contractors in your area.
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