Maintaining your exterior concrete is simple: keep it clean and sealed. Decorative or stamped concrete should be sealed after about a week, depending on the type of sealer and the type concrete. Sealer is especially important on stained concrete to maintain color. The sealer also protects the concrete from staining from traffic. Sealer should be reapplied every two years or whenever the finish starts to dull.
It is good to keep the concrete free of debris–sweep it with a soft broom, or use a leaf blower. You can clean your concrete with your garden hose or a pressure washer too. First rinse the concrete, then you can apply a detergent, like liquid dish soap, and work it with a wide broom or scrub brush. Then rinse the concrete again until there are no more suds. It will take 24 hours to dry in mild weather, or you can blow dry it with a leaf blower. If there are stubborn stains, use a stain remover specifically designed for that kind of stain. It is best to remove stains immediately, if you can.
Heavy vehicles, high traffic, and extreme temperatures and weather can make your concrete show wear faster. Regular resealing can help protect your concrete. Deicing chemicals should be avoided for decorative concrete, and heavy salt should be avoided for at least the first year. Use plastic snow shovels to avoid scratching the finish coat when removing snow from the concrete.
With a little maintenance, the beautiful look and design of your concrete patio or drive from Lowell Russell Concrete will last for many years.
If you want to investigate the many possibilities of exterior concrete for your home or business, consider contacting Lowell Russell Concrete, Inc. in Minnesota, at 952-461-3710 or Request a Quote online. We offer a variety of decorative concrete services, including interior and exterior applications, staining, stenciling and imprinting of concrete.