How to Maintain Textured Concrete Surfaces How to Maintain Textured Concrete Surfaces
Textured concrete surfaces, often called stamped concrete surfaces, are those that contain special textures and designs. These types of concrete surfaces are created when the concrete is modified while it's in its liquid form. A stamp or another device is usually used to provide the concrete with a unique texture. During this process, it's also common for the concrete to be dyed or painted to help enhance the appearance. Owing to the fragile nature of textured concrete, and in order to keep the special look of the textured concrete in your home, you'll need to know how to properly maintain this fixture.
Step 1 -- Maintain the Sealant
The key to keeping your textured concrete free from stains and other blemishes is a good concrete sealant. An acrylic sealer solution will help to protect the concrete surface from exposure damage and also from stains caused by oils, paints and other objects that might spill. Unfortunately, however, the sealant will need to be repaired or replaced entirely at regular intervals. If you do not replace the acrylic sealer periodically, you leave your textured concrete subject to damage from a variety of sources.
Apply a layer of acrylic sealer with the proper application tools. In most cases, you can use a paint brush to brush the sealer onto the surface of the concrete directly. It's helpful to clear the concrete of any debris that may have collected before you do this. While applying the sealer, wear protective goggles and gloves to avoid contact with the chemicals. Allow the sealer to dry, and consider applying a second coat as well.
Step 2 -- Sweep or Vacuum Debris
One of the worst things that you can do for your textured concrete surface is to be too rough with it. If you have debris or dirt to clean up off of the surface of the concrete, you'll need to be very careful that you don't end up scratching or cracking the fragile patterns in the concrete while you clean. Use a broom with a soft set of bristles in order to clean up larger bits of dirt and debris. A vacuum can also be helpful in removing smaller amounts of dirt that are in hard to reach places.
Step 3 -- Deal With Snow and Ice Promptly
While rain is generally not a big concern for textured concrete, snow and ice may be. Because of the expansion and contraction of water that results when snow and ice are resting on the surface of the concrete, it's much more likely that they will cause damage to the concrete itself than liquid water. Do not use a snowblower to remove the ice and snow, however; rather, it's important that you use only a plastic shovel. This will ensure that you don't chip or crack the textured concrete.