Exterior and decorative concrete requires care and periodic maintenance. The following care and maintenance plan should be performed on a regular basis.
- Scrub or pressure wash dirt, oil, abrasives such as sand or gravel
- Remove leaves and fertilizers that may stain concrete
- Never use an acid based cleaner. Apply a neutral cleaner to the surface with a scrub brush and rinse.
A cement sealer should always be applied to new exterior cement surfaces. Preparation for a sealer application requires performing the basic routine maintenance. Depending on the intensity of sunlight, automobile traffic and climate conditions, resealing may be necessary on a yearly basis. Chemicals and solvents can severely damage the protective coating of a sealed cement surface and it may require resealing.
Try to avoid chemical deicers and never use rock salt or any agent that contains ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate, as irreparable damage can occur.
Oil stains are some of the most difficult stains to remove from concrete. However, recently, there has been a scientific breakthrough in oil stain removal. A single celled microorganism has been developed that feeds on oil. After they eat all the oil, they die and the concrete surface is clean and free of oil.
Following these few simple tips will help keep your exterior or decorative concrete looking great and keep it lasting for many seasons to come.
If you want to explore the many possibilities of exterior concrete in Minnesota 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.