With the variety of colors, textures, and designs, stamped concrete is a great option for many outdoors projects. Gorgeous walkways, patios, pool decks, other outdoor entertainment areas, and more can be created from stamped concrete. Once you have it installed, you’ll not only love its beauty, but you’ll also appreciate its durability.
Read more for suggestions on how to clean and maintain your stamped concrete.
Clear Debris from the Stamped Concrete
Cleaning stamped concrete begins with sweeping on a regular basis. You want to brush any dirt and debris from the concrete. Accumulated dirt or piles of leaves that become wet can end up staining your concrete, which will require additional steps in the cleaning process.
If you will be performing a more thorough cleaning, you can use a leaf blower to ensure that all remnants of grass clippings, leaves, and other debris have been removed. For that next step of cleaning, use a wet mop. After you have mopped the stamped concrete, you can use your garden hose to rinse the area.
Use a Cleaner on the Stamped Concrete
With usage of your stamped concrete areas and environmental factors, the material can become stained. Then you will need a mild cleaner, non-abrasive cleaner that you can add to your cleaning water. Depending on how stubborn the spots are, you might need to use a medium-bristle brush after you mop the space. You can purchase cleaners that are created just for concrete if these steps are not successful.
Wipe up Spills
Spills happen; they’re a part of life and enjoying the great living space created by your stamped concrete. As with any spills, you want to wipe them up as soon as possible. If there is oil in the spill, use mild detergent to wipe up the area. Put some detergent on a sponge and begin cleaning. Rinse the sponge. Then immerse the sponge in warm water and thoroughly clean the affected area. Dry the space with paper towels.
If you did not notice the spill occurring, then it may have had a chance to set in the stamped concrete. If the sponge cleaning process is not effective, you may need to use a soft to medium bristle nylon brush on the spot. Stains may need a mild degreaser to remove it from the concrete. Check the label before using it. If you are concerned about decolorization of the stamped concrete, try the degreaser on a spot that will not be noticed.
Resealing Stamped Concrete
Maintaining concrete may require you to reseal it. Before you do, check on the longevity of the initial sealant. Toward the end of the lifespan of concrete sealers, you may start noticing a grayish-whitish tinge to the color of your stamped concrete. This is often a sign that it is time to reseal.
Some concrete installers offer plans that include periodic resealing. You can check with them to see if they have that service. If you would prefer to apply the sealant yourself, ask your contractor for the brand that they recommend. A professional company will be happy to assist you.