Decorative concrete maintenance- Effective and Simple Ways

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http://www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au Although, decorative concrete maintenance is minimal there are a few measures that need to be taken periodically to ensure that your concrete patio, walkway, driveway or pool deck will last a lifetime.

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Decorative concrete maintenance- Effective and Simple Ways

  1. 1. Decorative Concrete Maintenance<br />Effective Ways To Make <br />Your Concrete Last!<br />By: Elite Crete Australia<br />www.EliteCreteAustralia.com.au/<br />
  2. 2. Although decorative concrete maintenance is minimal there are a few measures that need to be taken periodically to ensure that your concrete patio, walkway, driveway or pool deck will last a lifetime.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  3. 3. Also, using a stiff bristled broom can often be enough to dislodge any foreign particles from the surface.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  4. 4. In more extreme cases, a thorough pressure washing may be necessary to give the concrete surface a good deep clean, removing any debris that may have worked their way deep down into the pores of the concrete slab.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  5. 5. 1200 psi is enough pressure to remove any foreign matter that has been locked into the surface, anymore then this amount could cause potential issues with delamination of the surface.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  6. 6. Do not place potted plants directly on the surface, instead they should be placed on either a plant stand or on a plate. If this step is ignored, the potential for plant fertilizers to discolour the concrete surface is high.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  7. 7. Take note of any cleaning solutions that you use on the surface. Any product that has a high acidic content should be diluted down or not use at all and immediately rinsed off the surface after use. Ammonia based products should be avoided all together.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  8. 8. If tree sap and other sticky material is a problem and leaving frequent deposits on your concrete overlays and a pressure washer will not remove them, you may have some success with the use of Goo Gone or Dissolve It.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  9. 9. Tire skid marks can be removed with carburetor cleaner as well as left over asphalt stains.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  10. 10. Finally, all decorative concrete surfaces should be sealed to prevent foreign matter build up. One must keep in mind that concrete is a porous material filled with millions of tiny channels that have the potential to be filled with foreign matter. <br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  11. 11. Therefore all exterior concrete surfaces should be sealed prior to being opened up to traffic. At some point in the future you will need to schedule a reseal of your custom concrete.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  12. 12. These sealers not only protect your surface from build-up of grime, they also help to shield from the harmful UV rays.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  13. 13. Increasing slip resistance is also a common concern and can easily be accomplished by adding an aggregate to the concrete sealer.<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />
  14. 14. To learn more about decorative concrete, epoxy floors, industrial floor coatings and other concrete systems call 0402 223 793 or<br />visit www. EliteCreteAustralia.com.au<br />Decorative Concrete @ www.elitecreteaustralia.com.au<br />

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