Despite its durability, concrete floors can be used indoors and outdoors. As well as being durable, easy to clean, and stain-resistant, it is also easy to maintain. Due to its porous nature, it will absorb dirt, spills, and mildew. It is necessary to scrub concrete periodically, despite its toughness. Check out these tips for cleaning concrete floors.
Outdoor concrete has a tendency to fade in sunlight, becoming discolored and uneven. In addition, dirt and debris can settle into the pores of the material, making it much harder to clean. Even when power washing does remove some of these stains from outdoor concrete, they will return quickly due to rain or sprinklers.
Taking care of concrete
Fortunately for all things swept under the rug outdoor carpeting, patio furniture and children’s toys concrete is a forgiving flooring choice because it is easy to clean and maintain. Varying levels of hardness in either direction from too soft for driveways but hard enough for garage floors to excessively hard for patios but soft enough for swimming pool tiles offer something for everyone’s taste. But keeping this kind of flooring clean can be a difficult task.
Though concrete is non-porous, allowing water to flow through it easily, it isn’t impervious to dirt or staining, especially if treated with harsh chemicals or left out in the sun. Any outdoor surface that has been stained by oil or grease will need special attention. Concrete cleaners are available at your local hardware store and can be used on both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
How to clean the concrete floor?
To clean the concrete on floor there are some tips which we can use. Some of them are given below:
1. Test the cleaner
As always, test any cleaner in an inconspicuous spot before applying it over the entire floor so you know how well it works for your particular surface type. Always follow manufacturer instructions for recommended application methods and safety precautions when using cleaning agents outdoors concrete cleaners included. Oil stains always require solvent to clean them up, so it’s important to use the appropriate chemical or risk requiring more than one application.
2. Properly sealed
When properly sealed, concrete floors are highly resistant to moisture and will not absorb liquids unless they are already present in dirt or debris. This non-porous surface makes outdoor concrete exceptionally easy to clean and maintain. Dirt, grime and oil stains can be washed away with soap and water or combined with household cleaners like vinegar or baking soda for added cleaning power. Use a pressure washer if necessary but keep in mind that high-powered jets of water can damage porous areas of your flooring by eroding them over time if you have cracks in your concrete patio flooring it is best not to use harsh chemicals on the surface.
3. Use of chemical
For surfaces that are too soft or have had their sealant compromised by harsh chemicals, oils, grease or road salt, use a concrete resurface on them to restore the original finish. Removing stains is easy with cloudy ammonia mixed with water (1 part ammonia 3 parts water), which can be used directly on your outdoor surface without fear of damage. For tougher stains like oil and grease see if an all purpose cleaner will do the job first, otherwise use a commercial degrease.
4. Removing rust
To remove rust from outdoor concrete, try vinegar and cream of tartar for an overnight treatment. The reaction between the two substances will dissolve iron deposits in your patio flooring underneath. You can also use commercial rust cleaner or paint thinner on any stains containing iron.
5. Use of rubber gloves
Always remember to use rubber gloves when working with chemicals of any kind and follow manufacturer instructions for safety precautions. Wearing a mask while applying concrete cleaners is a good idea, especially if you will be applying them in an enclosed area like a garage or patio.
6. Rinse with water
Once the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, rinse it down with water and let dry completely before adding new sealant of your choice either through reapplication of the original product or through the purchase of something else entirely. In most cases, outdoor concrete will get dirty again sooner rather than later but maintaining its beauty only takes minutes between regular cleanings.
General instructions for using the product
- It is recommended for use on unsealed wood, tile, vinyl composition tile (VCT) and other resilient floors including finished concrete, terrazzo and masonry.
- Keep pets and children away from wet surface.
- Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing.
- Do not mix cleaners together when used near other products. For best results use within one hour of mixing.
Always read label for specific instructions, precautions and directions before using the product to ensure safe application. In case of emergency call Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-876-4766 (1-800-TOXIC-21). If swallowed do an initial rinse of mouth with water if possible, then drink 2-4 glasses of water or milk; do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to by Physicians or Poison Control Center, get medical attention if irritation persists, continue to observe individual until they are asymptotic or as instructed by a physician.
Be sure to let the concrete floor dry completely before walking on it. This may take up to 24 hours. Be careful when moving objects that weight over 35 pounds since the concrete may still be damp underneath and cause them to slip. If necessary, use felt pads under heavy objects while they are still drying.
Precautions after cleaning
- It is always a good idea to do a test in an inconspicuous area such as near the floor under cabinets or behind appliances.
- Spray on surface, agitate with a clean damp sponge, let set for up to 10 minutes and then wipe off. Do not allow product to dry on surface. Rinsing is required after use on mineral surfaces. If spotting occurs, damp mop and re-wipe finish and rinse again.
- Keep all food and feed away from cleaned surface until material is completely dry (at least 2 hours). For best results use Simple Green Multi-Surface Floor Care at least once per week. Rinse thoroughly before children’s play time or pet’s eating areas.
- Follow the directions on the label inside your container recommended for use on unsealed wood, tile, vinyl composition tile (VCT) and other resilient floors including finished concrete, terrazzo and masonry.