Choosing to seal concrete is one of the best things consumers can do to maintain the look and durability of their investment. Sealed broom-finished concrete and stamped/decorative concrete will both benefit from a light cleaning.
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After concrete is sealed, regular maintenance will help keep the sealer coat doing its job. Experts recommend a simple cleaning in the spring and the fall.
If sealed properly, concrete doesn’t need an aggressive power washing, but rather a gentle hosing off. After hosing off the slab, it can be scrubbed with a brush on a pole and soapy water.
Different types of sealers are used for different types of concrete. Be sure to use the right type on your concrete. For more information read Types of Concrete Sealers
Spring Concrete Cleaning
Cleaning off concrete in the spring will get rid of any excess salt and debris that has built up over the winter. It also provides an opportunity to check for any areas of concrete where the sealer may have worn thin. Once the concrete is completely dry, a light application of sealer can be reapplied to these areas.
Fall Concrete Cleaning
Clean sealed concrete again in late fall, after all the patio furniture is put away and the plants are tucked in for the winter. Start by sweeping it thoroughly and noting any staining from leaves or other debris. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue if the concrete has been properly sealed.
Note any thin spots or any areas where the concrete itself may need to be repaired. The winter months could make it worse, so if it needs to be repaired, it’s best to take care of it as soon as possible.
The concrete can be scrubbed with soap and water if it needs it.
Create a Concrete Maintenance Plan
It is important to re-seal concrete regularly to maintain the integrity of the sealer and to keep the concrete looking good and lasting as long as possible.
Penetrating sealer – Penetrating sealer is used on broom-finished (non-decorative) concrete and should be reapplied every every 2-5 years.
Acrylic Sealer – Acrylic sealer is used on stamped and decorative concrete and should be reapplied every 2-3 years.
Related: Sealing Stamped Concrete
A concrete maintenance plan should include:
- Spring: Washing, checking for problem areas, repairs as needed
- Fall: Sweeping, cleaning if needed, checking for problem areas, repairs as needed
- Scheduling resealing every 2-3 years as needed.
Experts do not recommend going more than three years without resealing decorative concrete.
Precision Concrete can start a maintenance plan to provide peace of mind, knowing that your concrete will be sealed properly and last as long as possible.
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Precision Concrete is happy to take a look at the areas you need sealing and provide a free estimate. Our team can typically complete the work in one day.
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