Concrete Cleaning

Cleaning concrete is particularly easy when it has been well maintained and devoid of heavy stains and grime accumulation. As we all know, concrete is everywhere: in buildings, houses, hospitals, public areas, and major establishments. It is thus a common task to maintain concrete everywhere that numerous tips on cleaning have been piled up.

Here are some of them:

Concrete has different types of surfaces which means that there are different ways of cleaning concrete. Concrete on floors require a different treatment than those found in wedges or countertops.  Make sure you buy the right product suitable for the type of concrete surface you are going to refurbish.

General concrete cleaning is fairly simple. You only need a water and mild detergent solution and use a soft scrub to brush your concrete with. When the dirt is too thick, add more detergent to the water solution or switch to the soap-water-ammonia solution for more cleaning strength.

For floors that are covered with sealer, it is good to call the concrete supplier for a retouch on areas that are constantly under high traffic or frequent heavy exposure. Maintenance is less rigorous for sealed concrete floors.

Polished concrete floors are attractive and surprisingly easy to maintain. So long as there is no regular heavy traffic and regular cleaning, the polished concrete will stay gleaming for long. To maintain the shine, use any fine-grit abrasive product or commercial polishing product.

Concrete countertops are another matter. Since concrete countertops have a different and more sensitive surface than concrete floors, it is forbidden to use any chemically abrasive products because you do not want a scratched and burned outcome. Avoid cleaning products containing ammonia as well.

When cleaning or maintaining any concrete surface, it is best to consult the installer or supplier about the specific requirements of the product you purchased. Suppliers will be able to tell you what type of chemicals to avoid and what products to use when maintaining concrete floors or countertops.

Cleaning concrete regularly will help you keep your concrete’s health and function at its optimal level for a long time. It is recommended to do general cleaning regularly and maintenance cleaning every 3-6 months, depending on the type of concrete surface and the amount of dirt accumulation present.

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How to clean Concrete

The following contents are specifically for cleaning concrete. To prevent abrading and damaging the concrete, cleaning procedures are implemented to those more than seven days old. Before one will undertake such procedures, provision is also necessary to remove any contaminants together with any loose articles such as leaves and soil particles.

Water washing, pressure washing and steam cleaning are three of the methods, arranged in a crescendo in accordance to their intensity level.  It will always be helpful to use the power of cleaning products such as chemicals and detergents to dramatically lessen the effort and energy required in cleaning.

Initially, one can take the advantage of using laundry detergents or bleach. If the outcome has turned out to be otherwise, then there are a number of retail outlets where you can purchase more powerful dirt and stain removal products. These products are made from highly alkaline, caustic solutions to break the chemical bonds. Be mindful though that because it is highly alkaline in nature, these products should be pre-trialed on areas so as to ensure that there are no damages in the concrete’s colors. Only then should one apply after the pre-trial. Read the manufacturer’s suggestions and recommendations. After the initial wash, the surface should be rinsed thoroughly with water to abolish any kinds of traces from the cleaning solutions and detergent soap.

Water Washing. This refers to the usage of a water jet outsourced from a hose connected through a water pump or tank. The low pressure exerted, which is only 100-200 kPa (15 to 30 psi) will brush off articles and dirt over the surfaces. Water washing can also be pertained to the use a pail of water and a stiff-bristled scrub.

Pressure washing. This method involves the use of water with a higher pressure exerted compared to the latter procedure through an electric or petrol driven water pumps. The person does not need to scrub off the surface. The pressure is approximately 10,000 kPa (1,450 psi) up to 14,000 to 18,000 kPa (2,000 to 2,600 psi).

Steam cleaning. This has a higher degree of advantage since greater temperatures are utilized compared to that of pressure washing. Greater temperatures can effectively remove stubborn dirt and can dissolve articles such as chewing gums; however, the procedure is slower than pressure washing. After all has been accomplished, rinse the concrete thoroughly with clean water to finish it off.