Concrete is one of the most durable and low maintenance building materials. It’s also less expensive than certain other flooring materials. Traditionally, concrete has been used to make garage floors, basement floors and certain outdoor floors such as patios. But in recent times homeowners have started using concrete to make living or dining room floors and kitchen floors, among others.
Concrete is an excellent flooring material because it has high resistance to stains and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Concrete floors can also be given a glossy or shiny finish, a textured or stamped finish and it can be painted, which makes it a versatile material. If it’s installed properly and nothing excessively heavy falls on it, concrete floors will last a long time.
While concrete is a durable material, it still requires upkeep and care. Cleaning concrete floors on a regular basis increases its life. You should also seal your concrete floors, but that’s a separate discussion.
The location of the floor and the type of finish it has been given dictates how to clean concrete floor. The process of cleaning outdoor concrete floors is different from that for indoor concrete floors. Similarly, there’s a difference in the cleaning process for unsealed versus sealed concrete floors. Polished, stamped and painted concrete floors require a little more attention and careful cleaning.
Before you can begin cleaning a concrete floor, there are a couple of preparatory steps you need to take.
If there are stains on the concrete floor, then first these need to be removed. It’s important to be systematic to learn how to clean concrete floor. There’s a solution for each type of stain.
Now let’s take a look at how to clean concrete floor, but first, let’s see what equipment and cleaning products you will need for it. You can include the garage floor under the outdoor floors umbrella. Ideally, you should use a power washer. You can easily rent it for a day and return it after you’re done cleaning.
It’s fairly simple to operate so you won’t have to hire a professional. You can use the regular garden hose with a high-powered nozzle if you can’t get a power washer. You will also need a nylon-bristled brush or any other stiff-bristled brush, but not too hard. You can use trisodium phosphate or a commercial concrete cleaning powder, whichever is more convenient.
If the outdoor concrete floor you’re cleaning has moss or weed growth, remove these by pulling them with your hands. Sweep the floor and then power wash it to remove any remaining soil or debris. Wash the floor with sweeping strokes for best results. Start from one end and make your way through the entire floor, including any corners and crevices, which are dirt magnets.
While the floor is still wet, sprinkle the concrete cleaner powder or trisodium phosphate all over the floor. Use the nylon brush to properly scrub the floor in a circular motion. This will loosen any remaining dirt and grime on the surface. Finally, hose down the entire floor once again to rinse it.
Indoor floors are more likely to be sealed and polished. You need to be gentler while cleaning indoor concrete floors. Use a non-acidic or pH neutral cleaning agent. Never use bleach, ammonia or any other harsh cleaning agents. It will damage the floor.
Fill up a large bucket with lukewarm water and add one-fourth cup of the cleaner, which could be liquid dishwashing soap or a concrete specific cleaning product. Soak a mop in this solution, wring it and then begin cleaning the floor. The mop shouldn’t be dripping. You want the solution to dry up fast and not sit for long on the floor.
Begin from one corner and cover the entire floor. Divide the floor into small squares in your mind and after cleaning one square, dip the mop back in the solution, wring it and clean the next small square. Keep the doors and windows open for ventilation while you’re cleaning. If the room doesn’t have decent ventilation, switch on the fan at a low speed.
Once you’re done with the entire floor and the floor has dried up, mop it once again with clean water.
Now that you know how to clean concrete floors, you should also know how to keep it clean.
Concrete flooring is no longer frowned upon. The benefits of concrete flooring have become well known and resulted in greater acceptance. As more people start having concrete flooring at home, it’s important to know to clean and maintain concrete flooring. Just make sure that you clean outdoor concrete floors and indoor ones in the proper way for best results.