Concrete adds to the overall look and value of your property. And while it’s a very durable material, proper care is required to ensure its longevity.
Concrete is an investment and is one of the first things people see. Make it a priority to take good care of your concrete and it will retain its beauty and value for many years to come!
Sand is the preferred surface treatment to apply to concrete in icy conditions. Sand will provide both traction and protection for your concrete surface. De-icing chemicals that contain ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate or magnesium chloride should never be applied to any concrete surface – this includes the use of any salt product. These products are extremely hazardous to concrete and can cause deterioration to your concrete surface.
A mild detergent and warm water applied with a brush will remove most stains. For tougher stains, be sure the product is safe for use on concrete. DO NOT use harsh chemicals for stain removal.
Concrete patios and porches are often in close proximity to flower beds or potted and hanging plants. Common garden fertilizers that contain ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate or urea may cause a chemical reaction resulting in the disintegration of the concrete surface. Fertilizers that contain iron should be swept off any concrete surface immediately to avoid rust spots.
Add a “like new” look to your concrete. Always apply a fresh coat of sealer to your cleaned concrete annually to add a protective finish.