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How to maintain concrete

Last Updated: 02/10/2023

Decorative concrete is a popular choice for construction projects due to its durability and low-maintenance properties. However, even with its robust nature, it's important to properly care for and maintain your concrete surfaces to ensure they look beautiful and remain functional for years to come. Neglecting concrete can lead to the buildup of algae and moss, making the surface slippery, and can also result in damage over time.

To prevent damage to concrete, it's important to take precautions against exposing it to heavy machinery and vehicles. Shoveling or plowing concrete surfaces, especially during the winter months, should be done with care to prevent harm from metal tools. Cleaning concrete is relatively straightforward and requires minimal effort. It's important to remember that debris is more likely to accumulate at certain times of the year, such as the fall when leaves are dropping.

Algae and moss buildup can be prevented by ensuring that your concrete surfaces receive adequate sunlight. Trimming back trees or other plants that shade your patio or driveway can help with this. Resealing your concrete periodically is another effective way to maintain its clean, safe, and attractive appearance. Pressure washing by a professional is the best method to remove built-up debris and keep your concrete surfaces looking new.

Sealing and resealing your concrete is not required, but it can go a long way in preserving its appearance and durability and preventing damage. Resealing also makes cleaning easier and more efficient. In the event of stains, it's important to remove them as quickly as possible. Alkaline degreasers or detergents can be used to remove oil and grease stains.

When it comes to hazardous chemicals, it's important to avoid exposing your concrete surfaces to materials such as deicers, which contain ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate and can cause surface damage by causing moisture and refreeze. Other chemicals found in deicers, such as calcium chloride, sodium chloride (rock salt), magnesium chloride, magnesium acetate, and magnesium nitrate, can also be harmful to concrete. Freshly poured concrete is more susceptible to damage from sodium, so it's best to avoid all potentially harmful chemicals for the first year after the concrete has been poured. Sand is a safer alternative to salt.

In the event that your concrete has been damaged by chemicals, professional repair services can help restore it to its original state. At Seattle Concrete, we offer a variety of repair and restoration options to protect your concrete surfaces against damage.

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