You know that feeling when you have a brand new item of clothing and you spill something on it? Well, the same disconcerting feeling occurs when you damage your concrete surface. Concrete is porous in nature, and if not properly protected, can quickly absorb unwanted stains. The good news is that there are many ways to clean concrete, and some very effective cleaning agents to fight stains. Grease and oil stains normally require strong chemical treatments, but many others can be easier to treat.
Whenever using chemicals in our daily lives, we should be cognizant of the harmful effects they can have on our health and the environment. Many concrete surfaces are outdoors; and when treated with cleansers, the water run-off can wash those chemicals back into the earth. Before you apply one of the more toxic options, try something milder, such as dishwashing detergent.
Treating the Stain
To treat the soiled area, mix a bucket of dishwashing detergent and hot water. Be sure to have a heavy concentration of detergent. Mix into the stain with a scrub brush and allow to soak for thirty minutes. After the time has elapsed, rinse thoroughly with a warm stream of water. A pressure washer can also be very effective. Dry laundry detergent can also be used. Sprinkle the dry powder over the stain and allow to sit for 15 minutes. After the time is up, rinse with hot water.
Alternatives to Detergent
Detergent is very effective on many stains, and is a better alternative to the harsher, more toxic options. If those fail, however, there are many other more natural techniques you can employ, such as pressure washing or abrasive blasting. Sealing your concrete with a stain or paint can help to prevent unwanted stains from taking hold, and can make your concrete more attractive and decorative at the same time. Request free estimates from certified concrete contractors in your area to help you remove that eyesore of a stain.
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