Concrete is a versatile and durable material that can be used in multiple ways around your home, whether it's for a driveway, patio, sidewalk, foundation, floor or even countertop, concrete can make your home look beautiful. Concrete can even be stamped or stained to mimic anything from wood to stone.
If you have concrete around your home, it's important to care for it properly to keep it in good shape. This post discusses three care tips for your concrete.
1. Clean and Sweep Your Concrete
Clean and sweep exterior concrete surfaces such as driveways, patios and walkways using either a leaf blower or a broom, you can also spray these areas down with a garden hose from time to time.
These areas can accumulate with debris such as dirt, seedlings, leaves and grass clippings. All of this debris can get stuck in the crevices of these surfaces.
If something is spilled on your exterior concrete, you should clean it up quickly to prevent a breakdown of your concrete as well. If you have an oil or grease spill, use Kitty Litter or oil dry to soak up these spills. Then, use a mild dish detergent, water and a soft bristle scrub brush to help remove stains.
If you have concrete in the interior of your home, these surfaces also need to be cleaned to prevent spills from staining your concrete. Concrete is porous, so spills can soak into the concrete causing a stain, which may look unsightly on your concrete floor or countertop. With interior concrete, you should also remember to never place hot pots or pans on a concrete countertop, and use coasters to prevent water rings.
2. Make Repairs
Exterior concrete that has begun to crack should be filled with a concrete caulk. The same goes for concrete foundations. If you have spotted any cracks, even fine cracks, they can turn into larger cracks if not taken care of. You can use concrete caulk to fill cracks in foundations as well.
For larger cracks, use a concrete patch kit. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to use the patch, and use a putty knife to smooth and level the patch with the rest of your concrete.
When making any repairs, be sure to clean out the cracks using a chisel, hammer and stiff-bristle brush. The caulk and patch need something to adhere to, so clean these areas out first before attempting to fill them in.
3. Apply Sealer
Apply sealer to both the exterior and interior concrete around your home. The sealer helps to protect your concrete and helps keeps it looking like new, while also giving it a beautiful shine.
Sealer should be applied to countertops, floors, stamped concrete, patios and driveways, however, there is no need to seal foundation walls. The sealer is easy to apply and can be found at your local hardware store.
To apply the sealer, you should clean and repair your concrete first, then apply the sealer using either a roller or spray it on. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the sealer, and be sure to allow it to cure for usually around 24 hours. If using the sealer inside the home for floors or countertops, be sure to ventilate the area.
Use care with your concrete, whether it's interior or exterior. Remember these basic care techniques:
- Don't use salt on your concrete. This is especially true for stamped or stained concrete. Use sand instead to prevent damage.
- Be careful when shoveling your concrete. Shoveling can scratch your concrete and you can prevent these scratches being careful.
Concrete is durable and versatile, but it is not indestructible. Use care with your concrete by maintaining it properly to keep it looking like new and to lengthen the life of your concrete, no matter where it is used around your home. Contact B M H Concrete for all of your concrete needs and for other concrete maintenance tips.