Concrete stains are permanent and will never flake off like paint. However, it only penetrates the topmost layer of the concrete surface and eventually wears out due to heavy traffic and/or weather exposure. If you want to extend the life of your stained concrete surface, stain manufacturers usually recommend keeping the stains protected by applying clear sealers in multiple coats for outdoor stained concrete and floor wax for indoor surfaces. A good and quality sealer also provides considerable benefits, and among those is its ability to add shine to the surface and the way it enhance the concrete surface’s color intensity.
Although protecting your stained concrete with a sealer or clear finish repels dirt and wear, it doesn’t eliminate the need for scheduled maintenance. The amount of traffic that your surface experiences determines the need for ongoing maintenance. To protect your investment, you can ask the stain manufacturer to provide you with tips and tricks on how to care for your stained concrete. They can also provide you with guidelines and recommendations that will ensure the protection and maintenance of your stained concrete.
Here are some general tips that you could take:
- For interior floors (residential or commercial) that are experiencing light traffic, a simple maintenance method that involves dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner can be done.
- If you notice that your stained surfaces are beginning to lose their shine and luster, waxing it again can usually bring it back to its original appearance. In a typical residential area and setting, a year or so may pass before you’ll need to buff and re-wax the concrete surface. In commercial properties with high traffic, refinishing the concrete surface frequently is necessary.
- For exterior stained concrete surfaces, keep the floor clean by sweeping it with a broom, blowing with a leaf blower or rinsing with a garden hose. Remove stubborn dirt by scrubbing with a mop or medium-bristle brush and a mild cleaner.
- In protecting your exterior surfaces, an annual application of a new coat sealer or as necessary. When you notice that water doesn’t bead up on the surface anymore, it’s definitely time for resealing.
- For stained concrete countertops, a different way of protection and maintenance will be needed so make sure to contact the contractor for guidance and tips.
If the need arises for you to hire a contractor for resealing and resurfacing, call All Concrete Resurfacing and we’ll be happy to help you maximize the beauty of your stained concrete once again.