Improve the Appearance and Longevity of Your Concrete

There are many ways you can improve the appearance and longevity of your concrete in Salem. Follow these tips to get the most out of your concrete.

There are several naturally occurring issues that can take away from the pleasant look that your concrete has when it’s fresh. In this article, we will break down some of the ways that you can clean up your concrete walkway, patio, or driveway. Keeping your concrete clean will help to improve the appearance and the longevity of your concrete job.

  • Killing moss is simple, yet important to do. Moss is very prevalent on concrete in Salem and surrounding areas, because the environment fosters its growth. Damp, dark, and moist areas are perfect for moss to grow in. Moss is mostly harmless to concrete, it’s just an eyesore and it can create a slipping hazard. There are environmentally friendly ways to remove moss. Firstly, you can pour boiling water over the moss, then scrub it off with a stiff brush. Next, either sweep or use a hose to clear the moss off of the concrete. There are chemical moss treatments if the boiled water method doesn’t work, and they are available at many hardware stores. Look for either Ammonium Sulfamate or Sodium Pentachlorophenate, and be careful. Read all warning labels and try the water boiling method first.
  • Power wash cleaning is a great way to remove dirt and other contaminants (even moss) from your concrete. You can rent a power washing machine from a hardware store if you don’t have your own. You’ll need a pressure rating of at least 3000 psi (pounds per square inch) and a flow rate of at least 4 gpm (gallons per minute). Focus on one area at a time and move the nozzle in a steady and consistent pattern. It will become obvious if you missed a spot after the water dries.
  • Acid washing is another way that you can remove stains from your concrete. While you can do this yourself, it is likely a better idea to have a professional do this. Be incredibly safe and follow all directions carefully. A muriatic acid solution is the most commonly used solution to acid wash concrete. Acid washing can remove some of the trickier, deeper stains if power washing doesn’t work.
  • Sealing your concrete will make it more resistant to weather, abrasion, grease, dirt, and other contaminants in the future. This will increase the longevity of your concrete, but it is vital to make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned your concrete before sealing it.

If you’re looking for help with any of these tasks, or would like a free estimate for any of our concrete services, give us a call today or fill out the form on the right hand side of our website. Slate & Slate Construction is one of the top concrete contractors in Salem, Oregon for a reason. We provide high quality concrete services at a reasonable price.