If you want commercial concrete to last, a regular concrete maintenance plan is fundamental. A solid commercial concrete maintenance plan includes concrete sealant, concrete cleaning, and making appropriate repairs as needed.
Concrete is made from various materials, typically a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate like stone, sand, or gravel. A bonding agent, such as polyester or epoxy, may be added to the mix. Concrete needs to properly cure to reach its peak strength. Curing involves moisture evaporating out of the mixture. During this process, concrete should not get wet or uphold any traffic. After concrete is poured and cured, it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance so that concrete looks great for many years to come.
#1. Apply Concrete Sealant
Concrete needs some type of sealant to help protect it and reduce its large pore size. If a sealant is not applied, it’ll be more difficult to clean surfaces in the future. Concrete is porous, which means it readily absorbs stains. Sealant helps prevent stains by providing a top protective layer.
Sealant should only be applied after the curing process is complete. If you apply sealant too soon, it’ll lock moisture inside and prevent the curing process from properly taking place. It’s equally important to apply the right type of sealant.
How often does your concrete need to be resealed? The answer to this question varies based upon wear and tear, local weather conditions and other exposures. A driveway that gets moderate wear needs to be resealed about once every other year. Most commercial driveways and concrete surfaces get more wear and tear and therefore require more frequent sealant applications.
#2. Clean Concrete Regularly
Dirty and stained concrete hides signs of wear and tear and allows concrete to break down faster. There are several ways to clean concrete, including using a hose to spray off surfaces, or a mop covered in soap and water to scrub at stubborn stains. There are a variety of concrete cleaners on the market, ranging to include pH-neutral cleaners, acidic cleaners, alkaline cleaners, and enzymatic/bacterial cleaners.
#3. Remove Concrete Stains as Soon as They Appear
The longer stains sit on concrete, the harder it is to remove them. The moment you notice a stain it’s important to clean it. Stains from oil, gasoline or grease can be the worst of all to remove if they sit for any length of time. Plus, they start to break down surfaces almost immediately. If commercial concrete is discolored, it might require pressure washing and/or certain cleaning chemicals specially designed to remove stains.
#4. Keep Deicing Chemicals Away from Concrete
Deicing chemicals are popular in certain parts of the country in the winter. But, they can cause serious surface damage to concrete, such as scaling or spalling, due to the fact it forces moisture to thaw and refreeze.
Some deicers pose a greater threat than others. Deicers that contain the chemicals ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates attack the chemical makeup of concrete. Rock salt, or deicers that contain sodium chloride or calcium chloride, are less damaging, but are known to damage other things like vegetation and metal.
The newer your concrete, the more susceptible it is to damages from deicers. It’s highly recommended to avoid all contact with deicers the first year after concrete is poured. Sand can be used as a safer alternative.
#5. Don’t Overload or Abuse Commercial Concrete
Taking good care of your concrete includes showing it some respect. Make sure that the concrete you install is made to withstand the loads it’s tasked to carry. If heavy industrial trucks drive over concrete every day, it needs to be engineered to handle consistently heavy loads or else there’s risk for failure and premature concrete cracks and damages.
Use special precautions when plowing or shoveling concrete, the use of metal blades can damage concrete surfaces.
#6. Call Kleenco Construction for Superior Commercial Concrete Maintenance, Repairs & Installation
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