Properly cleaning and maintaining concrete not only brightens its appearance for years on end, but can also save you money down the line and stop the growth of algae and moss. To maintain your concrete, here are four tips you must follow in order to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your investment.
1. Reseal from time to time
The best way to keep your concrete safe, clean, and attractive is by having it professionally pressure washed and resealed every now and then. This is especially ideal for tougher debris that has built up over time.
While concrete sealing is optional, it can really help preserve its durability and appearance, protect against cracks and stains, and make it easier to clean.
2. Avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals
Unfortunately, concrete is not 100% invincible. There are specific substances and chemicals that can be very harmful to concrete, and you should keep them as far away as possible. These chemicals include any deicing agents and their individual ingredients, including magnesium chloride, magnesium nitrate, calcium chloride, magnesium acetate, and sodium chloride.
3. Routine cleanings
Cleaning your concrete regularly can help prevent the buildup of debris such as algae, moss, and dirt over time. Thankfully, this isn’t as hard as it sounds–it’s as simple as sweeping it or spraying it down with a hose. In fact, it can be relatively quick and easy so long as you do it regularly.
Another way to prevent the buildup of algae and moss is by trimming any plants or tree limbs that provide shade to your concrete. Direct sunlight on your concrete can be really beneficial when it comes to warding off these pesky greens.
4. Remove stains ASAP
While resealing is one of the best methods for maintaining concrete and protecting it from stains, removing spills like oil, gas, and grease as soon as they occur is still very important. To remove such stains without harming the concrete, alkaline degreasers are very helpful. Letting powdered dishwasher detergent sit on top of the stain for 10 minutes and then scrubbing it can also help prevent these stains from absorbing. If none of the above seem to be working, pressure washing should do the trick once the stain has been absorbed.
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