Cleaning Concrete

Written by Adam Blau
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As concrete is increasingly being used as a decorative surface material in the home, people must learn the proper way to clean and care for concrete. The first and most important thing to know is that concrete can, in fact, stain. While it is a durable and strong material, it is susceptible to damage from a number of everyday conditions.

Decorative Concrete and Cleaning

Concrete itself is actually quite hardy, though it will stain if left unprotected. Decorative concrete is usually encased in a sealer, often of epoxy or another similar substance. This sealer can become discolored or damaged if subjected to extreme heat, for example.

That said, a regular routine of cleaning your concrete with conventional non-abrasive cleansers will keep its surface in top shape. Concrete is not harder to clean than other materials. Concrete will require the same attention and care as any other substance you will find around your house.

Abrasives and scouring pads should not be used on the surface of concrete. While such materials will likely not affect the concrete itself, the outer coat of sealant can be severed or damaged. By using safe, diluted cleaning agents, you can ensure that your concrete will age perfectly.

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