Concrete is a fundamental construction material. It has incredible compression strength, but it cracks easily under shearing forces. It can last for decades with minimal maintenance, but concrete sidewalks and other surfaces can get filthy, slippery and crumble too. Weather, surface imperfections, plants, algae, chemicals and ice can cause serious concrete damage. Concrete cleaning and sealing protects it to last even longer as well as making it a brighter, safer surface to walk on.
Proper Concrete Cleaning
Many companies offer high-pressure concrete cleaning services to blast away dirt and grime. However, the pressure needed to get deep down results can also damage concrete. A better way to clean involves the use of a proven foaming solvent that gets into all the nooks and crannies of the surface of the concrete where dirt and grime are holding on. The solvent dissolves the bond that the foreign particles have on the concrete. This allows for low-pressure rinsing away of the particles, which results in a surface that is much cleaner.
Prevent Weather and Dirt Intrusion With Concrete Sealing
Cleaning without sealing the concrete surface just invites the dirt and grime to begin to build up again. Sealing prevents dirt from attaching to the concrete. It keeps it on top of the sealant film instead. An enormous benefit of sealing concrete is keeping water from migrating into the surface and deeper structures of the concrete. Tiny amounts of water that get into micro cracks weakens the concrete. If the water freezes, it hastens surface cracking and deep cracking of concrete. A good sealant keeps the water out. Also, it is important to use a concrete sealant that does not make surfaces slippery.
Cleaning and Sealing Concrete Saves Money
Properly cleaned concrete is at less risk for further surface damage. High-pressure cleaning can actually damage the surface, making it more susceptible to further damage. Concrete cleaning and sealing go hand in hand in saving clients money. Sealing protects the surface and increases the amount of time needed before the next cleaning is necessary. Sealing concrete also protects its vulnerable surface from water damage. This increases the lifespan of the concrete surface, saving money on the need to patch or replace it early.
Even if your concrete surfaces have a few cracks now or are in need of a few patches, cleaning and sealing them afterwards can protect them from further damage. Plus, cleaning the old concrete helps the new patches to blend in nicely for visual appeal. Sealing gives the overall surface a similar appearance. Sealed sidewalks, driveways, steps and other surfaces look better than unsealed concrete as well. Remember, avoid high-pressure concrete cleaning and get it sealed for the best look and the best protection.