Thank you for choosing Kent Home Services. The following is a summary of useful tips to keep in mind to maintain your new decorative concrete.
- Decorative surfaces are stain resistant but NOT stain proof. Reapplying a quality sealer regularly will help to keep stains from penetrating the surface. Stains will set over time if they are not taken care of quickly and properly.
- Most debris can be removed with a mild detergent and stiff bristle broom. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or a low pressure power washer. Maximum pressure should not exceed 1500 psi. Tougher stains can be spot cleaned with recommended cleaners from the manufacturer. Rinse well.
- Efflorescence salts may appear on the surface of concrete and leave a whitishresidue. Often, the deposits will disappear on their own. If they do not, see manufacturer’s recommendations for a trisodium phosphate and water mixture that can be used to scrub the area with a stiff broom, then rinsed.
- All cleaning solutions must be rinsed thoroughly so they do not leave any residue, which can result in discoloration and surface etching.
- Refrain from using any deicer that contains ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate. These will result in a deterioration of the sealer. Sand is recommended to provide traction during winter months.
- Refrain from using any harsh chemicals including: Acetone, Ether, Mineral Spirits, Xylene, or any other solvent material.
Other usage recommendations:
- Use protective caps for the feet on all furniture. Do not drag furniture or any items over your decorative surface.
- Place a tray under plants so chemicals do not leak through.
- Do no use plastic or carpet over the decorative surface as they will hold in moisture and leave a residue that is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
- Resealing frequency will depend on weather conditions and usage patterns. High traffic areas will need more frequent sealing.
- Use caution when removing snow or ice from the decorative surface so as notto leave scratches.