Concrete is one of the most durable and low maintenance building materials. It is also less expensive compared to other flooring materials. Traditionally, concrete has been used to make garage floors, basement floors, and outdoor floors such as patios. But in recent times, homeowners have started using concrete to make living or dining room floors and kitchen floors.
Concrete is an excellent flooring material because it has a high resistance to stains and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Concrete floors can also be given a glossy or shiny finish or a textured or stamped finish. Cement can be painted, which makes it a versatile material. If it is installed properly and nothing excessively heavy falls on it, concrete floors will last for a long time.
While concrete is a durable material, it still requires upkeep and care. Cleaning concrete flooring on a regular basis increases its life. You should also seal your concrete floors, but that is a separate discussion.
The location of the floor and the type of finish it has dictates how to clean concrete floors. The process of cleaning outdoor concrete floors is different from that of indoor concrete floors. Similarly, there is 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.
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If there are stains on the concrete floor, you need to remove them first. It is important to be efficient when it comes to learning how to clean concrete floors. Here are the instructions for each type of stain.
Before we discuss how to clean concrete floors, let us see what equipment and cleaning products you will need. You can include the garage floor under the outdoor umbrella. Ideally, you should use a power washer. You can easily rent it for a day and return it after you are done cleaning.
The instructions on how to clean using a power washer are simple and it is easy to operate so you do not have to hire a professional. You can use the regular garden hose with a high-powered nozzle if you cannot get a power washer. You will also need a nylon bristle brush or any other stiff bristle 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 are cleaning has moss or weed growth, remove these by pulling them with your hands. Sweep clean the floor and then power wash it to remove any remaining soil or debris. Wash the floor clean 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 flooring is still wet, sprinkle the concrete cleaner powder or trisodium phosphate all over it. Use a nylon brush to properly scrub clean the floor in a circular motion. This will loosen any remaining dirt and grime on the surface of your floors. Finally, hose down the entire floor once again to rinse it clean.
Indoor floors are more likely to be sealed and polished. You need to be gentler while you clean indoor concrete floors. Use a non-acidic or pH neutral cleaning agent and follow the instructions properly. Never use bleach, ammonia, or any other harsh cleaning agents on your indoor floors because they can damage the finish.
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 should not be dripping. You want the solution to dry up fast and not sit long on the floor.
Clean starting 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 are cleaning. If the room does not have a decent ventilation, switch on the fan at a low speed.
Once you are 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.
The benefits of concrete flooring have become well known and resulted in greater acceptance. As more people start having concrete flooring at home, it is important to know how to clean and maintain concrete flooring. Just make sure that you clean outdoor and indoor concrete floors properly for best results.