Having the concrete of your driveway, garage or patio cleaned and sealed helps prevent future corrosion and grease or oil stains. It also improves the aesthetic appeal of your home. For those who spend a lot of time in their garage or want to improve their curbside appeal, you may want to have your concrete cleaned and resealed. Silver State Floor Restoration will share a DIY method on how you can clean and seal your concrete. Before you begin you will want to gather all of the tools and equipment you will need to make the task go quicker and smoother. To properly clean and reseal your concrete gather these essential tools.
Tools & Equipment to Clean & Seal Concrete Floors
• Concrete Cleaning Solution/Concrete Sealant
• Painting roller/Paint roller pan/Paint roller extension pole
• Scrub brush/Garden hose/Power washer
How to Clean & Seal Driveway & Patio Concrete Floors
Step 1. You will want to power wash the concrete. If you don’t own a power washer you can rent one at selected hardware stores. Make sure when you begin power washing you push the dirt and debris way form the areas you’re cleaning. For example if you’re cleaning and resealing your garage floor start on the inside of the garage and work your way out towards the street.
Step 2. If you don’t want to use a power washer, you can use a garden hose as well. Push the dirt away and soak the area you’re going to begin cleaning first. Apply your concrete cleaning solution on the concrete. You can use bleach to clean most stains if you prefer. There are some cleaning solutions that are designed to remove grease and oil stains.
Step 3. With your scrub brush, begin cleaning the concrete. You might want to use the extension pole to help reduce some effort and clean more quickly. Some will use a push broom instead of a scrub brush.
Step 4. Rinse the cleaning solution off of the concrete after you are finished with the cleaning. You can use a power washer or garden hose to rinse. Again push the water out and away from the area you’re cleaning. After rinsing the concrete, allow the concrete to completely dry. You can use a fan to help quicken the drying process, however most concrete will need at least a full day to dry.
Step 5. After the concrete is dry, you can now begin to apply the sealer. Pour the sealer in the painter’s pan and with the roller and extension pole role the sealer on the concrete. Do not paint yourself in a corner. Instead, work your way out of an area. Don’t walk on the sealer until it is completely dry. You may want to apply two the three coats of the sealer for best protection, however make sure each coat is thin. Make sure each layer has time to dry before applying the next coat. Obviously you will want the sealer to dry before walking or placing any object on top of the concrete.
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If you find you don’t have the time or experience cleaning or resealing your concrete, contact Silver State Floor Restoration. We can help assist in cleaning and resealing your concrete. We provide many other valuable services as well. If you need help restoring your flooring, Silver State Floor Restoration can help, contact us today.