When it comes to homeowner construction, nothing beats the attraction of concrete. Whether you’ve built your entire house with the versatile stuff or it’s just used for your driveway, it is probably one of the most practical building materials out there. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is also relatively easy to maintain, and few things are more durable.
That said, there are a few drawbacks to having concrete. Because it is so versatile and durable, concrete is usually exposed to all sorts of harmful substances that can leave it looking pretty bad. Whether you need to spruce up the look of your concrete or you need to deal with an unsightly stain, here are a few proven ways to get your concrete looking top-notch again.
- Remove any loose dirt or debris with a vacuum cleaner, broom, or leaf blower
- Use a solution of liquid laundry detergent and water to treat any stains
- Use a nylon brush to scrub the area (avoid wire as this can scratch your concrete)
- Repeat these steps as needed
These steps are simple enough and can work very well in cleaning most stains that adhere to concrete surfaces.
What to do About Grease or Oil Stains
If your concrete is in the garage or a driveway, you will inevitably have to deal with grease and oil stains. These can be very stubborn to get out but not impossible.
- Cover the stain with sawdust, cornmeal, or baking soda
- Wait until the material has absorbed as much of the stain as possible
- Sweep the area with a stiff broom
- Repeat until the stain is completely removed
- If after several attempts the stain remains, try applying a degreaser
Sometimes if stains have been allowed to sit for a long time, they may have penetrated the surface of the concrete, and you may need a professional cleaner to get your concrete back to its former glory. These experts will likely use a power wash to get the job done. Remember, keep your concrete looking as fresh as the day it was born; it should have a thorough cleaning at least once a year. By following these simple steps, you will not only keep it looking new for longer, but you can also extend its life, saving you loads of money over the years.