Stamped concrete is a popular choice for driveways, sidewalks, and patios because of its durability and aesthetic appeal.
Like any other concrete, however, it can become stained and dirty over time–especially if you live in an area prone to adverse weather or that receives lots of traffic.
Here are some of the top tips for cleaning stamped concrete. These methods will help you keep your concrete looking its best for years to come.
Fortunately, stamped concrete is relatively easy to clean. It starts with a periodic sweep and spritz with water to prevent dirt and debris from building up.
A thorough clean will involve rinsing the concrete with a high pressure hose attachment, scrubbing it with water and dish soap, using a broom to get into the grooves, then rinsing the surface again with the hose to clear off the soap residue.
For deeper, harder-to-clean stains, you’ll need to use a pressure washer on a low setting. Turning the pressure up too high can damage the texture and sealant.
When to apply or reapply sealant on stamped concrete
Your stamped concrete should have been sealed upon first installation.
After that, we recommend resealing it every two or three years, depending on the environmental factors in your area and how quickly it loses its sheen or starts looking dull.
To apply sealant, you’ll first want to thoroughly clean the concrete. Once it’s dry, apply the sealer in sections of 2-4 square feet. After the sealer has set, apply a second coat.
Sealant will make your concrete easier to clean and most importantly, act as a barrier to staining agents like oil, grease, chemicals, and dirt.
Not to mention, adding a sealing coat will also protect your concrete from the sun’s UV rays, keeping its bright color and design lasting for years to come.
Applying sealant will be a key factor in keeping your concrete stain-resistant–but not the only one.
Do not rely on sealant alone to prevent stains.
Instead, clean your stamped concrete as soon as any grease, oil, or other staining agents come into contact with it and regularly sweep to remove dirt and debris. For more concrete tips and tricks, check out the Port Aggregates blog.