- Concrete Maitenance Home
- Cleaning and Sealing Exterior Concrete: A Guide to Maintaining and Caring for Exterior Decorative Concrete of All Types
- Sealing Plain Concrete
- Sealing Colored Concrete
- Sealing Exposed Aggregate Concrete
- Sealing Joints
- Tips for Cleaning Exterior Concrete
- How to Maintain Concrete Floors
- Six Common Questions about Concrete Floor Sealers
- Protecting Acid-Stained Floors
- Watch Videos on Maintaining and Sealing Concrete Floors, with Bob Harris
- How to Maintain Concrete Countertops
- Countertop Sealer Overview: Which Sealer is Best For Your Countertop?
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- Advice on Choosing and Applying Concrete Sealers, from Technical Expert Chris Sullivan
- Buyer's Guide to Concrete Sealers
Maintaining ConcreteHow-to tips for maintaining your concrete slabs, floors, and countertops
Why Maintain Concrete?
In most cases concrete is a durable, long lasting product without maintenance. So it often raises eyebrows when the subject of maintaining concrete is brought up.
Properly maintaining concrete, however, can greatly extend the life of the concrete and the beauty of the concrete: plain concrete can look clean and bright-instead of oil stained and grimy. Decorative Concrete can look the same after years of enjoyment as it did when it was brand new-instead of faded, oil stained, and dirty.
Properly maintaining the concrete protects your investment in concrete, particularly if you've taken the initiative and incurred the expense of pouring decorative concrete.
Keeping it Looking Like New Consists of Four Steps
Cleaning Concrete on a Regular Basis (at least once per year) To remove normal dirt and grime build up To remove rust or other stains
Repairing Cracks in Concrete
To maintain a structurally sound surface and minimize water intrusion through cracks-which can cause problems with the sub grade.
Sealing Joints in the Concrete To minimize water intrusion through the joints Eliminate dirt collecting in the joints Eliminate weeds sprouting up through the joints
Sealing the Concrete Surface
Dust proofs the surface Provides resistance to abrasion Makes the concrete resistance to UV sunlight
For Decorative Concrete
The same steps as above will apply, but we strongly suggest you visit the web site or contact the technical department of the decorative product manufacturer you have chosen.
For instance, if you used a concrete topping or dressing, or a certain brand of colored concrete, or a spray on decorative finish, the technical departments of these companies will have real world experience with what works best for their products.