Remove Stains On Polished Cement And Concrete
Even after pressure washing, some stains may remain. Here are some tips that can help. Below and in the following article, you will find more specific solutions for some types of stains.
What are you going to need?
- Roll paper.
- Broom or hard brush.
- Concrete Cleaner.
- Protection Gloves.
- A hose.
- A cube.
- A mop.
- Home Cleaner.
- Sand for cats.
- Pressure washer.
General Tips For Cleaning Cement And Concrete
Act as soon as possible. Stains on cement and concrete are common because concrete is a porous material. Fluid spills are much easier to remove if we do so before they have had a chance to seep out.
Select the right product. Concrete and cement stains in the garage are usually caused by dirt, oil or grease, or a combination of the three. Most cement cleaners are suitable for these stains and can be found in paint shops or hardware stores. If you are going to remove paint, rust, mold or some other type of particular stain, you will have to look for a more appropriate product. Be sure to read the labels carefully and ask the seller for advice.
Try the cleaner. Some stain removers in cement may generate new strains of their own, especially if the surface has been treated with special cement paints or specific stains.
Before tackling the larger work, try a small area, which is little traveled. If this test causes more problems than solutions, you better try another product.
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Prepare the surface. If the stain is still wet, pick up a cloth or paper as soon as possible. Sweep the area, and then remove everything near the stain so that it does not get wet when you start to wash the floor.
Prepare the cleaner. Mix the cleaner as indicated on the product label, or use it undiluted for those old or difficult stains. Make sure to wear defensive gloves, long sleeves, and eyes. Read product instructions carefully because some products recommend the use of chemical resistant gloves.
Apply the cleaner. Pour the cleaner onto the stain on the cement or concrete. Rub the area with a hard broom or brush, this way we help the product do its job. Let the cleaner operate as long as the manufacturer indicates. Usually 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse the floor. Clean the floor thoroughly with a pressure washer, or a hose, if possible, or with buckets of water if there is no other option. Use a rubber squeegee for floor spatula or a sweeping brush to push as much water as possible off the floor. Finally, dry the floor with a well-drained mop.
Repeat if necessary. It is not unusual, especially with old cement stains, to have to wipe the surface several times. If you are not gratified with the results, repeat the process But this time, think about the option of using less water in the mix with the cleaner, and let the product act on the stain a little longer.
Keep The Ground Clear.
Regular sweeping and rapid removal of spilled liquids reduce the need for cement cleaners and also the effort required to remove stains
Fluid spills should be removed as soon as they occur. Use paper on the spill to prevent it from being absorbed.
Do not rub the surface, as this will only push some of the spilled liquid into the concrete.
Use cat litter to absorb larger spills. Simply cover the spill with cat litter, leave it to stand for 24 hours and sweep afterward. Leave a bag of cat litter in the garage so you can act more quickly in a liquid spill. If necessary, corn flour can also be used to absorb the spillage.
Stains that occur on fairly new concrete can often be removed without having to resort to special concrete cleaners. Instead, first rub the area with a common household cleaner and a brush.
Never let water spill even clean on a cement or concrete floor. Water will only allow stains to stick even more in cement or concrete.
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