STAMPED CONCRETE MAINTENANCE TIPS


Like conventional concrete, stamped concrete will provide decades of service when installed and maintained, even when exposed to harsh winter conditions.

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Maintaining Stamped Concrete

Routine Maintenance Advice for Stamped Concrete

In some cases stamped concrete can be even more durable than standard concrete because a colour hardener has been added to the surface. The hardener does more than simply impart colour, it also makes the surface stronger, more resistant to abrasion and water penetration. We have also applied a coat of protective sealer to your stamped concrete to block the penetration of dirt, de-icing chemicals, oil and grease stains, and other substances. Concrete Design Team’s quality sealer not only makes the concrete easier to clean, it offer other benefits, such as enhancing the colour and preventing fading from UV exposure.

But even our properly sealed stamped concrete will require a little routine maintenance, depending on exposure conditions and the type and amount of traffic it receives. Here are some tips for cleaning and treating your stamped concrete to preserve its beauty and extend its service life.

  • Although our sealer will inhibit stains, you should still sweep and wash the surface occasionally to avoid dirt build-up. Exterior surfaces can be pressure washed on the low fan setting, or scrubbed with a mild detergent. For interior surfaces, wet mopping or dry dust mopping of the floor is typically the only routing upkeep needed. Please avoid acid washing
  • On our outdoor stamped concrete, avoid using de-icing salts, especially during the first winter after the concrete is installed. Sealers for decorative concrete often fail in areas where de-icing salts are applied.
  • If our stamped surface begins to dull or lose its sheen after time, recoating with sealer will usually restore the gleam. We offer a free re-seal after three years on all our stamped concrete installations.
  • On our stamped interior floors that are subject to heavy foot traffic, it’s especially important to maintain the sealed surface to prevent wear patterns. Application of a sacrificial floor wax or polish can provide extra protection by protecting the sealant from wear. It also serves as a shock absorber to scuffs, scratches and grime.

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