Concrete can be durable, rugged, useful, and beautiful. However, concrete can become stained, especially if the concrete has never been treated with an epoxy coating or another sealant. Concrete is very porous which means it can absorb liquids and stains. ProForce Cleaners in Utah are expert cleaners of all surfaces including concrete. There are some household substances you can use to clean your concrete before calling ProForce. The first rule to remember though is to clean your concrete before stains have a chance to set in and absorb. Here are a few unlikely (some more unlikely than others) items you can use to clean and protect your cement.
- Ammonia: Ammonia is especially effective at cleaning discoloration from your concrete. Mix 1 cup of ammonia with 1 gallon of water and scrub the discolored concrete. Hose the cement down when you’re done.
- Baking Soda: Look, I know it’s summer but when winter comes around, salt and ice-melt products can stain or, even worse, eat away your concrete walkways, sidewalks, porches, and other areas. Use baking soda to safely melt ice around your house. For better traction to avoid slipping mix the baking soda with a little bit of sand.
- Kool-Aid: Probably the biggest surprise of the group, kool-aid is actually really great at removing rust stains from cement. Use unsweetened lemonade kool-aid with hot water and scrub the rust stained areas.
- Oven-cleaner: Your daughter’s punk boyfriend keeps parking in your driveway with his rust bucket of a car that leaks all sorts of fluids. He comes and you hate it. He leaves and your driveway is a mess, and you hate it. Spray those spots of oil, grease, and transmission fluid with oven cleaner and let stand for 10 minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush and then hose of. Since the punk boyfriend is over so often the stains might be extra tough. Just try a second application or contact ProForce.
- Soda: Oils stains can be vanquished from cement with some cola. Here’s what you’ll need. Cat litter, cola, stiff bristled broom, a bucket, laundry detergent, bleach, and protection for your hands and eyes.
Here is the process:
- coat the stain with the cat litter and brush it in with the broom.
- Let it
soak in the stain, then sweep it up.
- Pour the cola on the area.
- Brush it in with the broom. Let soak for 20 minutes.
- Mix ¼ cup detergent with ¼ bleach and 1-gallon water (warm).
- Use the mixture to mop the area. Risne.
- BOOM CLEAN!
- WD-40: this house hold item is great for removing oil stains from concrete. Simply spray the area with the stuff and hose it down with water.
There you have it. You may find that these are great for more recent stains, however, if you have older stains, contact ProForce and we’ll get your cement looking like new!