Maintenance Tips for Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is durable and can last for a long, long time when properly cared for. In some instances, it is even more durable than regular, plain concrete surfaces, especially if a dry-shake color hardener has been used. Here are some general guidelines for cleaning and maintaining stamped concrete
- Keep the surface free of debris by using a broom, leaf blower, or rinsing with water. Don't allow debris to sit for long periods of time on an area of the surface.
- There are a variety of ways to remove stubborn stains such as dirt, tire marks, leaf stains, and grease spots. In these cases, water may not be enough and stronger cleaning chemicals or a power washing and scrubbing may be required. Read more about power washing, using chemicals to clean stains, removing oil on concrete.
- Periodic sealing is the best way to protect your concrete from moisture penetration, freeze-thaw conditions, de-icing chemicals, and abrasion.
- To protect color and sheen of the stamped concrete surface, a sealer should be used to help prevent any color fading, etc. Ask your contractor to recommend the best sealer to use. Often you can apply it every 2-3 years or so. Some contractors offer maintenance programs to keep the look of your concrete in tip-top shape. Read this primer on types of sealers and what is best for various surface types.