For over a year now our blog has been telling you about the many types of stamped concrete that can make your property look as good as it possibly can. After all, we can pour you a concrete driveway, install a stamped concrete patio, or get you a stained concrete garage floor that impresses everyone who steps inside.
But as many awesome stamped and acid stained concrete projects as we’ve told you about, we haven’t spent enough time telling you about the cleaning and upkeep that might be needed. That’s what we’re going to go over today.
You might not think that sweeping would help keep your stamped concrete patio in good shape, but it will. Dead leaves that stay for too long can stain stamped concrete. That’s because leaves that are organically breaking down create chemical reactions that can stain concrete, much like a rotting pumpkin left too long on a concrete porch. These stains are generally permanent, so it’s a good idea to keep your stamped concrete patio cleared off. If it’s going to be intentionally stained concrete, it’s best to leave that chemical reaction to the experts at Marrocco’s!
Pressure washing, also known as power washing, is the process of using a machine of compressed water to dislodge built-up dirt on a surface. Pressure washers can be gasoline powered or electric powered and can be rented from a typical home improvement store. While you’re there, you can also pick up a detergent that’s specifically meant for concrete.
Make sure that the pressure washer isn’t on too high a setting. While concrete is strong, putting it under a nozzle with too much pressure is the same as having it weather years out in the elements. Always remember to move the hose back and forth, not leaving it in one place for too long. Also remember to wear glove and safety goggles, in case any detergent or rocks are kicked up while you’re washing your stamped concrete patio.
Sealing Your Stamped Concrete
After a harsh winter or too many years outside, every stamped concrete patio or driveway is going to show some signs of cracking. You’ll want to catch these cracks as quickly as you can, because once the cracking starts it’s going to get exponentially worse if not treated right away. That’s because water gets down in the cracks, freezes and expands, and causes even larger cracks.
When this happens, it’s important to call a professional or take matters into your own hands and seal it. While we won’t go into too much detail, most stamped concrete can be sealed with a commercial concrete sealer when the days are warm. It’s certainly not something you want to do when rain is on the horizon.
What About My Concrete Garage Floor?
If there’s one place that’s going to get oil stains, it’s your garage floor. Even a healthy car can leak a bit of oil after an oil change, and that means the oil is going to end up on your garage floor or concrete driveway. In that case, you’ll want to get a degreaser made for concrete. Simply pick up one of these when you’re at the hardware store picking up your pressure washer detergent.
As you can see, upkeep on a stamped concrete driveway or patio isn’t too difficult to stay on top of. At the same time, it’s critical that you take preventive measures and address any problems as quickly as possible in order to keep it looking its best while staying safe. If you need any help with your stamped or stained concrete, give Marrocco’s a call!