Sloppy and dirty concrete driveways and patios can ruin a home’s curb appeal. Not taking proper care of these areas can also lead to damage. The best way to keep up your investment in a driveway or patio is to routinely care for it by cleaning and sealing the surface. There should be a clear explanation and determination between sealing and polishing a concrete floor surface. Many people get the two confused, or think that it is the same thing, however this is not the case, and knowing the difference can be crucial. Let’s explore the differences.
A polish will “sand down” a clear coat to make it more transparent so you get more of the color coat to shine through. By polishing the concrete floor, the scratches out you have a smoother more transparent finish to see the paint better. A polish will not offer protection to concrete; it just preps the surface and removes imperfections.
A sealant is usually a synthetic coat of protection which lasts a lot longer than a wax however typically does not give the “wet/deep” look of a quality carnauba wax. The carnauba wax only offers on average about a month of protection but is a last step procedure in order to make the car look its best.
How Often Too Clean and Seal? Many people almost never clean or seal their concrete, while others overdo it and are regularly sealing their driveways. Neither one is good. Skipping on the cleaning ruins the look of concrete. Many things should be cleaned immediately such as oil spills, rust stains, or graffiti. Sweeping should be weekly, and a good scrubbing yearly.
Sealing can be done once every two to three years, doing it too often can be damaging. Signs of wear are a major indicator of when to seal. This will vary with the amount of traffic, as well as the weather.
Driveways and Patios Water and laundry detergent will remove much of the surface dirt from a driveway or patio. Use special cleaners for the harder to remove stains like oil, rust, or graffiti. Common commercial cleaners include Gunk, Castrol Super Clean, and Purple Stuff. These can be found at the auto parts store, and they are excellent for removing oil stains. Oil spills should be cared for immediately by covering with kitty litter. Allow it 30 minutes to soak up the oil, and then sweep it up and dispose of properly. Wear rubber gloves and goggles when working with these products.
Works wonderfully to remove mildew, while brake cleaner will break up tire marks. Alkaline degreasers may be needed for tougher stains. Sealing Your Concrete, the average driveway can be sealed in one day. Homeowners find it an easy project, and no costly equipment is needed. When choosing a sealer look for one that lists waterproofing, non-yellowing, breathable, dust proofing, and resistance to grease oil, and acids on the label. Make sure the concrete is freshly cleaned. Wait 24 hours after cleaning or 30 days for newly laid concrete. The sealer can be applied with a sprayer, brush, or roller.
By routinely cleaning and sealing your concrete driveway and patio you’ll be protecting them and extending their life. It’s easy to do, and it does not require a lot of costly equipment. By doing so, you’ll be keeping these areas looking fresh and adding nicely to the home’s curb appeal.