Caring for Decorative Concrete
Decorative concrete adds visual interest and stunning appeal in a variety of ways. Interior uses include durable flooring and counter tops. Drive ways, patios, and landscape design are a few of the exterior possibilities. With an array of options, such as color and design, it is becoming a popular addition to many homes and businesses.
Decorative concrete is also easy to clean and maintain. It requires minimal upkeep which fits well with the busy lives that most of us have today. Unlike carpet, which stains easily, concrete stands up to spills and is effortlessly wiped clean. With little care, your surface can be enjoyed for decades to come. Follow these steps to keep it looking beautiful.
1. Outdoor surfaces should be swept regularly to remove dirt build-up. A mild detergent may be used to scrub more stubborn areas or where spills of food and drink have occurred. Rinse the concrete clean to remove any soap residue.
2. Avoid using deicing salts. These salts are harsh on any surface and may break down the seal on the concrete.
3. If your surface begins to lose its shine over time, contact your concrete specialist for options to restore its luster. It may need to be sealed every three to five years or more often for heavily used areas.
1. Interior surfaces need to bedust mopped regularly. Microfiber cleaning pads work extremely well. They seem to attract dust and small particles like a magnet.
2. Wet mop as needed to clean up spills and light scuffs. Mild cleaners may also be used. Neutral cleaners are better for your floor and often require no rinsing. Contact your concrete specialist if you have questions regarding the best cleaners to use on your specific surface.
3. Like most flooring, heavy foot traffic can cause noticeable wear. Some floor waxes and polishes can provide an extra layer of protection over theconcrete sealer and help prevent scuff marks and scratches.
4. Avoid dragging anything, especially furniture or appliances, across the floor. Depending on what type of finish is on your concrete, dragging could cause unwanted scratches.
No surface is completely damage proof. Unexpected things happen. In the case of natural disasters or major accidents, or if you notice damage of any kind, contact a professional before attempting to make repairs on your own.