Integrally Colored Concrete Maintenance
Routine MaintenanceWhen properly protected and cared for, integrally colored concrete will retain its color indefinitely. The color extends throughout the entire slab, so even if surface abrasion occurs, the color will not wear away. The pigments in integral coloring admixtures also are chemically stable and won't fade over time from exposure to the weather or ultraviolet light. To remove surface dirt or stains, follow the same general cleaning recommendations given for plain concrete.
Special Care RequirementsApplying a clear sealer to integrally colored concrete will provide additional protection from chemicals and oil and grease stains. A sealer will also provide aesthetic benefits by adding some sheen and intensifying the color effects. Here's advice on sealing colored concrete.
Efflorescence-a chalky white salt deposit that sometimes forms on the surface of concrete-can be particularly unsightly on colored concrete, especially darker tones. Here are some tips from Chris Sullivan for removing efflorescence on integrally colored concrete:
On colored concrete, protecting the pavement with a cure-and-seal product can help to prevent efflorescence from occurring. (Learn why you should seal decorative concrete.)