Concrete is revered far and wide for its durability. However, concrete is not guaranteed to look amazing and function without flaw forever. Invest a little bit of time and effort in maintaining your concrete, and it will serve you well across posterity. In particular, it will help to follow the concrete maintenance tips as detailed below.
Be Mindful of Your Concrete During the Winter
The brutally cold winter nights set the stage for ice to form. However, it is a mistake to use de-icing chemicals on your concrete. If you are worried about traction, put some sand down on the concrete. Above all, you should avoid adding a deicer that contains ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate to your concrete. These components have the potential to harm the concrete surface. Even dry ice and rock salt have the potential to compromise your concrete. These melting materials speed up the wear and tear process along with the sealer and the surface.
Do not attempt DIY (Do It Yourself) Stain Removal.
Sealing concrete helps prevent unsightly stains from setting in. However, staining still might show up on your concrete in due time. In particular, stains are likely to appear on concrete with smooth surfaces such as patio floors. Stained concrete should not be treated with harsh acid of any sort. Strictly used products meant to eliminate stains. Ideally, the product you choose to get rid of the stain will be approved for concrete use.
Concrete Sealing is a Job for the Professionals
Do not attempt to seal your own concrete. This surface should be cleaned and sealed regularly. However, if you attempt to perform the sealing on your own, you will likely make a costly mistake. The frequency of concrete sealing hinges on the amount of traffic the surface receives in foot traffic and vehicle traffic.
The sealing experts advise sealing concrete once every couple of years. If you were to wait longer than two years, there is a good chance the concrete’s colour would start to fade. Let the experts reseal your stamped concrete, and the surface will look similar to how it was first installed. Seal at the appropriate frequency, and you will have done your part to prevent the concrete’s colour from fading, ultimately ensuring this part of your property looks and functions without flaw.
Any old sealer will not suffice for your concrete. Sealer is the final layer of protection for this important surface. The top sealers enhance the concrete’s aesthetic while also guarding against threats ranging from excessive moisture to dirt, oil and beyond.
Do not use Petro-chemicals on Your Concrete.
Petro-chemicals such as WD40, oils and grease, as well as petroleum-based chemicals compromise concrete. Such liquids and sprays pass through the concrete sealer, leading to unsightly stains. So think twice before using any such chemical on your concrete. When in doubt, reach out to our concrete specialists for guidance about concrete care.
Re-coat the Concrete Every Couple Years
The finish is an important yet commonly overlooked aspect of concrete. A fresh coat should be added every two to three years. This fresh coat ensures the surface is adequately protected against the weather as well as traffic. However, there is no reason to spend your limited time and effort re-coating your concrete independently. Lean on the professionals, and you will rest easy knowing the job is done right on the first try.
Clean Your Concrete
It is a mistake to ignore your concrete’s cleanliness, assuming dirt, allergens, dust, and other gunk will slide right off this surface. If anything is spilled on the concrete, or if there is debris on it, clean it as soon as possible. Timely concrete cleaning minimizes the potential for staining and lasting damage. In fact, everything from dripping oil to weeds can alter the surface of the concrete. Stick to a regular cleaning schedule, and you will be more than happy with the aesthetic of your concrete.
Examine Your Concrete Once per Month for Cracks
Take a close look at your concrete to see if any cracks are present. Though cracking is not likely to occur immediately after the installation of concrete, the floors and foundation walls have the potential to crack, deteriorate and heave. Take a close look at your concrete for such problems at least once per month. If you pinpoint the locations of minor cracking as it is forming, there will be an opportunity to repair it. However, if you find that the crack in your concrete is as wide or wider than a penny, it is an indication that professional crack repair is necessary.
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