Durable, low-maintenance and affordable. Concrete is a homeowner’s go-to choice for flooring, driveways, patios and more. Whether it’s in the form of stamped concrete, pavers or simply painted, this durable flooring choice isn’t immune to wear and tear.
While these rugged surfaces are bound to receive their share of errant oil, paint, rust, mud, foliage and more, regular maintenance will keep your concrete flooring looking great for years to come. Read on for tried and tested methods for removing stubborn dirt and stains from your concrete surfaces.
Concrete patios and driveways are renowned for their hard-wearing properties and their ability to withstand the test of time. But their appeal goes beyond resilience.
Concrete surfaces are also low-maintenance and affordable. They can be stamped to mimic fine stone or brickwork and they come in a range of colors, textures and patterns, too.
However, they are not impervious to staining and dirt. They are constantly exposed to traffic, elements and other sources of grime and debris. Over time, these can cause your concrete to lose its lustre.
Regular cleaning and maintenance are key to keeping your concrete surfaces looking their best. But even with the most diligent care, accidents happen and stains happen.
General Concrete Maintenance
It is recommended that concrete surfaces be cleaned at least once a year to keep them in top shape. Spot cleaning should be done more frequently as needed. This can be done with a broom and hose. For more stubborn stains, a pressure washer is the best option.
Removing Oil Stains
Oil stains leave unsightly blotches and when they dry up, they can be difficult to remove. As such, it is best to treat the stain as soon as possible. The best way to do so is to blot the oil and our clay or clotting cat litter on the residue. This will absorb the oil and make it easier to remove. After the oil has been absorbed, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away the residue.
Removing Paint Stains
Removing paint can prove to be challenging. Water-based paints can be removed with soapy water and a pressure washer. For oil-based paints, you will need to use a paint stripper. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and take precautions as some paint strippers are highly combustible.
For older paint stains, a stronger paint stripper may be required. This can be dangerous and requires the appropriate precautions and PPE – such as goggles, chemical-resistant gloves, a dust mask, or a respirator.
Due to these challenges, it is best to contact a professional to remove these stains. They have the appropriate knowledge and gear to do so safely.
Removing Rust Stains
Metal rusts and can quickly discolour your concrete if left untreated. Tools, plant pots, furniture and more can leave that unsightly orange tinge synonymous with rust.
Fresh rust stains are easier to clean than older stains. Vinegar is a great way to remove this blemish. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes and scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.
A pressure washer may also help in loosening the rust and scrubbing it away. If the stain is old, you may need to start by using a rust remover.
Removing Foliage and Mud Stains
While it is easy to sweep away loose, dust and debris, dried mud and foliage may be more difficult to remove. Fortunately, these can be removed with a power washer.
The Benefits Of Pressure Washing Concrete Surfaces
Pressure washing is a great way to clean concrete and it has several benefits. It can remove stubborn dirt, stains and debris. It can also restore the surface’s original colour. Pressure washing is also effective in removing mould, mildew and algae.
Regular pressure washing will keep your concrete surfaces looking their best for years to come. Benefits include:
- Improved curb appeal
- Extended lifespan
- Easier to clean
- Safer surfaces
- Healthier environment
Why You Should Seal Your Concrete
Concrete sealing is designed to preserve your surface, help bring out its natural beauty and make it easier to clean. Sealing your concrete will protect it from staining, weed growth and damage.
Getting the right sealant for your concrete surface is tricky! With hundreds of DIY products on the market, this can be a daunting process for the inexperienced.
At Water Attack Pressure Washing, we have the experience and expertise to help you choose the best sealant for your needs
Your Solution To Concrete Maintenance
Concrete is a great surface. However, it requires regular care and maintenance to keep it looking its best.
If you need help restoring your concrete or keeping it in top shape, Water Attack Pressure Washing can help!
We offer expert pressure washing services for homes and businesses across Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Our experienced professionals have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right!