Recently, there has been a growing trend in using concrete when thinking about resurfacing your driveway or deck. Concrete has always been a good material to use for a variety of reasons such as its affordability, ease of use, and strength. However, with new technologies, another reason to consider using concrete for your home has emerged. Stamping concrete is a new trend that has emerged that you should be aware of. Here is some more information on stamped concrete maintenance.
Stamped concrete is a method of stamping a pattern or texture onto wet concrete. The finished result is a surface that resembles brick, stone, tile, slate, flagstone and even wood. With the amount of variety that comes with stamped concrete, it makes it an affordable option for patios, driveways, pool decks, and even indoor flooring. If you have stamped concrete outside of your home, here are easy cleaning techniques that you can routinely use to keep your floor looking brand new. The first thing that you will want to do is to simply sweep your patio every so often to ensure that no decayed leaves or wood do not permanently stain your floor. Keeping wet leaves on concrete is also a safety risk as it becomes slippery and may lead to dangerous falls. During sweeps, keep an eye out for any cracks in the floor. Large cracks allow water to penetrate underneath the concrete, which can lead to structural problems down the road.
To give your patio or driveway a thorough cleaning, it is best to use a pressure washer. In order to refrain from causing damage to the stamping, simply make sure that your pressure washer is set to medium or lower. Maintain sweeping motions when using the pressure washer as keeping the stream of water in one place may cause damage. For stubborn stains, you may need to use a scrubbing brush and detergent to wash the stains away. After a thorough cleaning, it is a good idea to seal and waterproof your stamped concrete. When your concrete is sealed and waterproofed, it will keep the floor safe from extreme temperatures, weather, UV rays, and other elements.