What is the Best Way to Clean Your Florida Concrete?
The Elite Power Washing team is addressing how to clean the concrete at your Florida home or business. Concrete is all around us. Outside we find it on our driveways, sidewalks, steps, patios. Inside, concrete is being used for floors and walls. Let’s talk about how to get all that concrete clean.
Our Floridian humidity encourages the growth of mildew and molds on everything. Our concrete is no exception. And you can add to those problems, human-made problems. Concrete takes the brunt of oil spills, leaks, food spills and chewed gum.
Concrete is a hard, sturdy material. The downside is that it is also porous and can have lots of pits and holes in it. It makes it easy for mold and mildew to find a home. After awhile the concrete loses its clean, gray look and takes on a dark cast from the growth. So how do you get rid of that dark cast and bring back its new look?
Prepare the Area
Sweep the concrete area to remove any debris and dirt that has accumulated. Remove any weeds that have grown in cracks. Move any cars, toys, or furniture that may be in the area. Cover any shrubbery or plants.
Basic Cleaning Outside
A power washing is the best way to clean the concrete outside of your home or business. Use a biodegradable detergent that will not harm the grass or plants nearby. Clean a section at a time until the job is done.
Basic Cleaning Inside
If you have concrete inside your home or business that needs cleaning its a little harder. You’re going to need a bucket, scrub brush, and detergent. Work a section at a time, applying detergent, scrubbing until clean with a nylon-bristled brush. Then rinse.
Old oil spills or stains on the concrete can be difficult. If the biodegradable detergent did not remove the stain, gradually ramp up the cleaner’s strength until you find what works.
Here are the possible cleaning solutions:
- Vinegar – mixed 50/50 with water or apply full strength
- Baking Soda – ½ cup in a gallon of water. Apply to the area, scrub, then hose off.
- Dawn dishwashing liquid. Add 1/8 cup to the vinegar solution and put it in a spray bottle. Let it sit for 30 minutes then scrub with a nylon-bristled brush.
- Oxygen bleach (OxiClean) dilute and spray the area, scrub, then rinse with a hose.
- Oxygen bleach (OxiClean) mix with water to make a thick paste. Let it sit for a good hour, then scrub. Rinse with a hose.
- TSP – Follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. Scrub the area. Then wash it clean with a hose.
- Muriatic acid, as an absolute last resort. Be very, very careful with it. Muriatic acid will etch the surface of the floor so make this your absolute last resort. Dilute and use the muriatic acid according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use full safety gear when working with it. That means safety glasses, protective clothing, gloves, and shoes.
Keep Concrete Sealed
Once your concrete is looking clean and has dried apply a sealer to it to maintain it. Using a paint roller or sprayer applies a clear silane or siloxane-based water-repellent sealer. Start at one corner then work your way across the area. The sealer will not be visible, and it will not create a slipping hazard.
Give Us A Call
If you would like help getting your concrete clean the team at Elite Power Wash is always available to help. Call us to schedule an appointment and we’ll have your concrete sparkling clean with none of the hassles.