Useful Tips For Preparing And Cleaning Stamped Concrete
The decorative look of the stamped concrete can be retained easily with routine sweeping and removing the leaves, natural debris, bird poop, and dirt from the surface. However, if you need to do some deep cleaning, you will need to prepare the surface first.
Cleaning and maintaining your stamped concrete patio will help in different ways, such as:
- Retaining the look
- Extending its life
- Adding value to your property
- Preventing staining of the concrete surface due to decaying leaves and wood
- Eliminating the chances of slipping and injury due to moss and other deposits
Most importantly, regular maintenance will allow you to keep a watchful eye on the cracks and crevices that may develop over time and get the surface repaired right on time before it turns out to be a significant expense.
The cleaning tips
You should start your cleaning process by preparing the surface, interior, or exterior. First, check that the surface is sealed correctly and then follow these useful and practical tips for cleaning and maintaining stamped concrete. Remember, the cleaning process may vary according to the exposure level, the weather conditions as well as the amount of traffic it is exposed to.
The process to clean the exterior surface includes:
- Sweeping and washing the surface using a broom and a mild detergent
- Pressure washing it using a pressure washer or even your garden hose
- Rinsing the surface well to remove residue of soap
- Drying it thoroughly using a leaf blower
Remember, if you have to seal the surface, never do it when the surface is wet. Ideally, you should allow it to rest for 24 hours before applying the seal.
Dry dust mopping or wet mopping regularly will be enough if you have to clean the interior surface. However, if the surface is exposed to a lot of foot traffic, you will also need to seal it so that you can prevent the wear in patterns.
You may also apply sacrificial floor wax and polish it to give the surface an extra layer of protection. It will also absorb scratches, scuffs, and grime.
General maintenance tips
Once you are done with the cleaning process, there are a few other general tips to follow for maintaining the stamped concrete surface.
First, make sure that you do not allow any debris to sit on it for a long time, especially in a particular area or in the corners.
Next, you should look for leaf stains, tire marks, or grease spots on the surface. If you find these, then using only water may not be enough. To remove these stains, you will need to use:
- Stronger cleaning solutions
- Power washing
- Scrubber to brush off the stains
However, make sure that the cleaning solutions contain approved chemicals that are not abrasive to the surface or pose any health risks due to harmful chemical fumes.
Lastly, you will need to seal the surface periodically, preferably after every two years to prevent it from moisture penetration and freeze-thaw conditions.