Stamped concrete can be used in many different ways. It is a popular option for outdoor paving that will enhance your home’s curb appeal and can be used to improve it. Stamped concrete has another advantage: it is durable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting. To maintain your stamped concrete, all you have to do is sweep it once in a while, clean it as necessary, and seal it every two years. Here are some tips for cleaning stamped concrete.
How to Clean Stamped Concrete
1. Begin by cleaning your stamped concrete
Even if your stamped concrete has been swept regularly, it’s still important to begin your cleaning session with a sweeping. A broom can remove dirt and debris from concrete, and give you a clean surface to work with. A leaf blower can be used to remove any debris from outdoor stamped concrete.
2. Use a wet mop to clean the surface
Once you have removed all loose debris, you can use either a foam or rope mop to clean stamped concrete. You can rinse the mop frequently and change the water as needed. This thorough mopping is sufficient to clean stamped concrete.
3. If necessary, use a non-abrasive mild cleanser
You can mix a mild cleaner into the water you use to clean stamped concrete. You can use mild laundry detergent, dish soap or another mild detergent to clean your stamped concrete.
You can even use concrete cleaners. Avoid harsh chemical-based cleaners. These cleaners can cause concrete to crack and become duller over time.
How to remove tough stains from stamped concrete
Although the above steps are sufficient to clean stamped concrete, there are times when tough stains may remain. These are some common questions and answers to help you remove tough stains from stamped concrete.
Can You Pressure Wash Stamped Concrete?
Yes. Yes. A pressure washer can be used to remove stains from grease spots, leaves, and tire marks.
How do you remove oil from stamped concrete?
Oil stains can be prevented by using a sealant that has a silicone base. However, you have a few options if they do occur.
Oil Stain Still Liquid
It’s possible to remove the oil stain with mild grease-cutting dish detergent if you catch it before it becomes liquid. Apply the detergent to the oil stain. Next, soak the oil stain in warm water. To absorb the solution, keep paper towels, cat litter or sawdust close by. Finally, use a nylon bristle brush to scrub the stain’s center.
Although you may feel tempted to use wire brushes, a wirebrush could damage concrete’s surface and make it more vulnerable. After everything has been cleaned up, you can dispose of any oily papers, sawdust or litter at a secure landfill. For assistance in finding your nearest one, contact your municipal public works department.
Oil Stain that has dried
You can use a grease-cutting detergent with hot water to remove oil stains. It may be enough to remove the stain. If it isn’t, you can clean it with an alkaline cleaner.
Every degreaser has its own instructions and best practices. It’s important that you follow these instructions. This will allow you to remove any oil stains and prevent damage to concrete.