The decorative look of the stamped concrete can be retained easily with routine sweeping of it and removing the leaves, natural debris. Bird poop and dirt from the surface. However, you will need to prepare the surface first if you need to do some deep cleaning.
Cleaning and maintaining your stamped concrete patio will help in different ways, such as:
- It will retain the look
- It will extend the life of it
- It will add value to your property
- It will prevent staining of the concrete surface due to decaying leaves and wood and
- It will eliminate the chances of slipping and injuring due to moss and other deposits.
Most importantly, regular maintenance will allow you to keep a watchful eye on the cracks and crevices that may develop over time and get these mend right on time before it turns out to be a significant expense.
The cleaning tips
You should start your cleaning process by preparing the surface.
First, check that the surface is sealed correctly and then follow these useful and practical tips for cleaning and maintaining Stamped concrete. Remember, the cleaning processes may vary according to the exposure level, the conditions as well as the amount and traffic it is exposed to.
To clean the exterior surface, the process to follow includes:
- Sweeping and cleaning it with a leaf blower such as the Toro 51619
- Washing the surface using a broom and a mild detergent
- Pressure washing it using a pressure washer or even your garden hose
- Rinsing the surface well to remove residue of soap
- Drying it thoroughly using a leaf blower.
Remember, if you have to seal the surface, never seal it when the surface is wet. Ideally, you should allow 24 hours before applying the seal.
If you have to clean the interior surface, dry dust mopping or wet mopping, it regularly will be enough. However, if the surface is exposed to a lot of foot traffic, you will also need to seal it so that you can prevent the wear patterns.
You may also apply sacrificial floor wax and polish it to give the surface an extra layer of protection. It will also absorb scratches, scuffs, and grime.
General maintenance tips
Once you are done with the cleaning process, there are also a few other general tips to follow for maintaining the stamped concrete surface.
First, make sure that you do not allow any debris to sit on it for a long time, especially in a particular area or in the corners.
Next, you should look for leaf stains, tire marks, or grease spots on the surface. If you find these, then be advised that using water only may not be enough. To remove these stains, you will need to use:
- Stronger cleaning solutions
- Power washing and
- A scrubber at times.
However, make sure that the cleaning solutions contain approved chemicals that are not abrasive to the surface or pose any health risks due to harmful chemical fumes.
Lastly, you will need to seal the surface periodically, preferably after every two years to prevent it from moisture penetration and freeze-thaw conditions.