Stamped Concrete Maintenance

Stamped Concrete Maintenance

Stamped Concrete Maintenance

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The beauty and functionality of stamped concrete has made it a popular interior and exterior flooring solution for a wide variety of locations. It starts with a fresh pour of concrete over a solid subfloor which is then imprinted with decorative images and outlines. This makes for a beautiful low maintenance option that can be consistently relied on. Maintenance is also relatively simple, but there are some basic facts that are important to understand.

Color Hardener: After the concrete is poured. color hardeners can be added to the mix. These are sprinkled over the top, and then raked in with a notched trowel to effect the surface layer. The coloration can add unique patterns to the concrete, while also bonding with the drying material to create a surface which is stronger, and more resistant to most staining and liquid factors.

Sealer: After any fresh pour of concrete it is necessary to apply a protective sealer. This will clog the natural invisible holes in the surface of the set material, while also creating an invisible layer of protection over the install. This is important to prevent water penetration as well as the stains that can be caused by grease, oil, dirt, and other substances. It will also give the material a slight shining luster.

After the initial application of seal, most concrete floors should be fine over time with moderate use. In exterior locations it should be reapplied annually to prevent cracks in the surface. With interior spaces the process can be repeated as desired to freshen up the luster of the floor and prevent the process of wear, staining, and decay.

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Protection Packages: Many installation companies will offer warranties and renewal packages. The warranties will cover damage to the flooring that may occur from various circumstances. These will be based on specific conditions that will be laid out in the agreement. Renewal contracts will consist of a set or renewing fee that will pay for the company to return to the location and apply the sealer to the surface of the install again to maintain its upkeep over time. The wisdom of such services is based on the particulars of the agreement.

Coatings: Thicker surface treatments such as wax can be applied to a stamped concrete installation to create a solid layer of protection over the floor. This will prevent water stains, dirt, debris, and most other contaminants from penetrating down into the material in an insidious fashion. However this is generally only done in commercial applications as the equipment to maintain this finish can be costly to own or rent.

Regular care for a stamped concrete installation will involve sweeping and or vacuuming the material regularly to remove grit that can wear down the protective sealant layer. This also helps to avoid the buildup of set in dirt and grime. With deeper engraving lines a vacuum with a soft nose attachment gives you the ability to pick up deep ground in particles.

Thaw Salts: One of the biggest threats to a stamped concrete installation is degradation to the protective sealant due to the prolonged presence of deicing salts. In exterior areas where winters get particularly cold it is important to keep these from the surface of the installation, or to sweep and clean them up as soon as possible.

PH Neutral: These cleansers are generally reserved for interior spaces, and mild to moderate blemishes. They are not harsh or particularly toxic, though they do work as basic disinfectants for stamped concrete surfaces.

Acidic Cleaners: These are intended for tough, set in dirt and stains, which are soluble in an acidic solution. However the concrete surface has to be neutralized after use to prevent damage. Caution should also be taken when making use of these cleansers, including keeping the environment circulated, and the use of hand, eye, and respiratory guards.


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