Proper and regular concrete cleaning not only extends its service life, but it also enhances its beauty and attractiveness. Telling whether a concrete floor is dirty and requiring cleaning is sometimes difficult due to slow dirt build-up. However, once a floor is properly cleaned, the results are very conspicuous. Endeavors to maintain sparkling concrete floor are greatly aided by various methods, ranging from manual cleaning to use of chemicals. The type of dirt present on the surface significantly determines the method of cleaning employed.
Dirt like dust and debris that has accumulated on concrete can quickly be eliminated by regular sweeping and cleaning. Dusting should regularly be done especially during dry seasons when there is plenty of dust which accumulates rapidly on concrete surfaces. Stubborn dirt should be scrubbed off concrete surfaces using a stiff brush while taking care to avoid leaving scratches on the concrete. Washing is best done using two gallons of hot water and a cup of detergent.
Grease or gasoline spills on concrete are unsightly. Though sticky, they can easily be cleaned using powdered dishwater detergent. The stains are covered with the detergent for approximately ten minutes. It takes such short time for the detergent to soak into the stain, after which it is easily scrubbed off using a stiff brush. The soap breaks up the grease and soaks it out of the concrete.
Antifreeze spills on concrete are dangerous substances to animals and little kids. If the concrete contains antifreeze that has dried into it, it should be re-hydrated with a small amount of water before sprinkling a powder laundry agent over it. Several sheets of paper, preferably newspaper are used to cover the stain and water sprayed over it. After a period of about three hours, the stained area should be scrubbed using a nylon brush. Afterward, rinsing the area with clean water and allowing it to dry renders the concrete sparkling clean.
Simple maintenance programs also go a long way in ensuring cleanliness of concrete. Using neutral cleaners enhances a characteristic shine. Special cleaners and conditioners produced by manufacturers are mostly used on polished concrete surfaces on which they clean and as well leave a dirt-resistant film. These cleaners and conditioners are applied using auto scrubbers or mops, and they require no buffing. Buffing the surface with using commercial compounds for polishing is necessary especially when the surfaces begin to lose their shine.
Cleaning of concrete surfaces becomes much easier if a pressure washer is available. The machine throws water at four gallons per minute and with force enough to dislodge much dirt present on the surface. Adjusting the washer’s nozzle to a fan and spraying back and forth over the surface while maintaining a distance to avoid damaging the floor ensures a uniform sparkle on the surface. For better results, it is advisable to use hot water in the pressure washer.
Once constructed, concrete surfaces are seldom given the attention they require. Regular cleaning is one sure way to enhance that much-envied glitter and durability. Such are just but simple procedures on how best to clean concrete.