How to Clean Stamped Concrete

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download (1)One of the biggest selling points of stamped concrete — apart from beautiful design — is the low maintenance. However, when it does come time to spruce up these surfaces, you may be confused about where to start. As experts in decorative and stamped concrete, we’re here to supply you with the best way to keep your concrete pristine.

Generally, you can keep your decorative concrete surfaces free of debris with the help of a leaf blower or a hose. However, there are certain stains that require a little more work.

Grease and Oil. Stamped concrete driveways may occasionally fall victim to the dreaded oil stain. Power washing is a popular way to combat oil and grease, but not every customer prefers this process. Hot water and alkaline degreaser are also effective ways to lift grease stains.

Mold or Mildew. Decorative concrete is a popular surface for pool decks, which can lead to the occasional mildew spot. This is no reason to worry, however. A diluted household bleach solution, a brush, and some hot water should do the trick. For aggressive stains, allow the bleach to set in.

Rust. Many people use a rust remover with no problems on stamped concrete, while others prefer a more natural method. Get a lemon nice and soft by rolling it against the concrete with the palm of your hand. Then, cut the lemon and allow the juices to soak into the rust spot. Scrub with a soft-bristled brush and rinse away with water. For tougher stains, vinegar can be used the same way.

It’s important to remove all furniture from the area before you begin cleaning. Additionally, be sure to let the concrete dry completely before putting the furniture back in place.