Wouldn’t that be amazing? Concrete driveways should always look as beautiful as they did when they were first installed. Concrete surfaces can be stained or damaged by spillages and stains, regardless of how careful you are. There are several ways to clean stains from concrete and keep it looking good. Many concrete cleaning chores can be done with items most property owners already own.
Below are some common items you can use to clean up spillages and staining, along with recommendations on what to do after cleaning.
Cleaning Concrete Preparation
Before beginning concrete cleaning, ensure you have the following items.
- Not metallic Scrubbing Brush
- A spray bottle
- Cat litter
This list may not contain everything you need depending on the size and extent of the stain or concrete surface that needs to be cleaned. If there is no excess liquid on a concrete surface, you can sweep it to remove all loose debris.
Concrete that is still a liquid such as oil, grease, or wine can be poured over cat litter and allowed to soak for up to 30 minutes. Baking soda will absorb excess moisture if there isn’t any cat litter.
Your concrete can be cleaned once the liquid is absorbed.
A scrub brush is required for all the above-mentioned procedures to remove stains. You should use a nonmetallic scrub brush to prevent leaving behind metal fragments that can corrode and discolor concrete.
Useful Concrete Cleaning Products
Baking soda may be used to get rid of grease stains. This may sound unbelievable but it’s true! This is due to three crucial components of soda.
- Carbonated water is also known as carbonic Acid
- Acid phosphoric
- Citrus acid
These three acids combine to dissolve grease and concrete. This method works with any drink that contains these chemicals. However, Coke is a popular choice. Place the soda on the concrete and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes. Depending on how deep the stain is, you may clean it with Terminator HSD concrete cleaner and water. You can also use towels, scrub brushes, or a mop to clean the rest.
2. Concrete Cleaner And Degreaser
Concentrated alkaline soap can be used to create concrete cleansers and degreasers. They can be used to remove oil and make cleaning much easier. They won’t, however, remove the oil. Therefore, they will not work well on concrete with a lot of discoloration. This is best for porous concrete.
3. Laundry Detergent
This works well for minor grease spillages. This method works well for minor grease spillages.
4. Vinegar And Baking Soda
A natural cleaner is a vinegar or baking soda. Concrete can be cleaned with bleach or detergent, but it can be harmful to plants. This is an option if you want to clean your concrete sidewalk or patio and care about the health of nearby plants.
Then, fill a spray can halfway with water, vinegar (or water-and-baking soda), and then add a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Allow the mixture to settle on your concrete surface for 30 minutes. After this, you can scrape and rinse the concrete.
5. Use Bleach
Are there large sections of concrete that need to be cleaned? Use a 34-cup liquid bleach and warm water to start mopping. After letting the bleach solution sit for a few moments, you can wipe it clean with a pail full of water.
You mustn’t mix bleach with any other household cleaners. To protect your hands, use gloves when cleaning bleach.