From your driveway and garage to the patio, you can install concrete flooring in different areas of your house. Concrete is an attractive and durable material. However, if not maintained, it can develop cracks or become damaged after a few years. Here are some simple concrete maintenance tips that will keep your concrete looking new for a long time.
Clean your concrete floor every week by sweeping off debris such as leaves, dirt, grass, and sand. Cleaning is essential if you want to stop plants from rooting in. Weeds and grass can begin to root in your concrete floor from fine cracks and then eventually cause bigger cracks and damage. Keeping concrete flooring clean will prevent it from developing holes and crumbling.
If the concrete floor has accumulated grime or dirt, you can opt for a power wash. Foot and car traffic can bring home a lot of dirt, half of which gets stuck on your concrete. A strong pressure wash can get rid of those dirt stains quickly. Concrete is porous and stains fast in case of any spills, such as oil or grease. When that happens, it is better to clean it off immediately. A trick is to use kitty litter to soak up the stain and then scrub the surface with a soft brush using dish soap and rinse with a garden hose.
Applying sealer to your concrete floor every two to three years can hold its color and give it a polished and glossy surface. It is a great way to keep concrete looking new for a long time. You can get professional services or apply the sealer yourself.
Deep clean the area and then let it dry. Apply the seal thoroughly and let it cure. Avoid doing this on rainy days or it can cause the seal to bubble and break. You may need to apply a second seal coat for better coverage.
Concrete flooring is susceptible to scratches and damage. The damage can be caused by moving furniture, which eventually scratches the sealant of the concrete. Try placing rugs under furniture to avoid scratching and any spills that may fall on the floor. You can also use floor protector tabs stuck under furniture such as chairs, tables, or desk legs so your floor can remain new and scratch-free. Avoid cleaning your concrete floor with heavy-duty chemicals containing ammonium nitrates and sulphates. They can break the sealant and cause damage and corrosion to your concrete. De-icing salts can also weaken the sealant on your concrete.
Manage the plants or shrubs growing around your concrete, or their roots may damage the concrete from beneath. Concrete cracked cannot be repaired and will need replacement. You can also provide an overhead cover to your concrete to protect it from elements that may cause damage. Following these maintenance tips can help you keep your concrete floors looking good for a long time.