411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Why Metal Blacking is Often a Better Choice than Plating and Painting

As a manufacturer who usually works with metal, you might need a way to change the colour of your products to make them as appealing as possible to...

on May 22, 2017

How to Add the Right Accent to your Home Decor?

What is it that turns a house into a home? It is usually the brick-a-brass you have picked up, from different corners of the world, during your...

on May 19, 2017

DIY Roof Inspection of your New Home

I’m writing this post as to provide fast, basic, and quality information related to roof related issues for people looking to buy old houses....

on May 17, 2017

What Causes Creaky Floorboards?

There is nothing worse than tiptoeing around your home while people are asleep and hearing a harmony of squeaking floorboards. Nearly all homes...

on May 16, 2017

Cleaning the Concrete Flooring in Your Home

by Sally Smith on Aug 25, 2014

When you think about cleaning the floor, concrete is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. A concrete driveway, garage, porch or patio, however, is a part of many homes, and concrete is becoming increasingly popular as an indoor flooring choice. Here is a simple guide for how to clean the concrete floors in your home.

Let's start with the indoor concrete flooring. First, you should sweep the floor to pick up any loose dirt, dust, and other small particles. Move any furniture out of the way if needed. You can choose to vacuum in place of or in addition to sweeping.

Next, mop using an all-purpose cleaner. Do not use bleach, ammonia, vinegar, or any strong or specialty-chemical cleaners. These can damage the floor as indoor concrete flooring tends to be polished concrete. The process of concrete polishing involves texturizing, leveling, polishing and sealing the concrete floor, often adding a decorative touch. Concrete polishing will make a concrete floor harder to stain than unpolished concrete, yet at the same time it is requires more caution when cleaning. You do not want to risk ruining the finish of a polished concrete floor with any non-recommended cleaners.

concrete flooring

The last step is probably your least favorite: scrubbing. You'll need a detail cleaning for any spots the mop cannot catch. Particularly for the concrete floors that easily collect dirt due to a variable texture, scrubbing is necessary to get inside the “cracks” and clean them out. If you've ever cleaned linoleum flooring, you know how crucial it is to use a scrub brush to get to every bit of surface area of the floor. Fortunately, because your polished concrete floor may have a very smooth finish, this part can be relatively quick and painless.

Now, moving onto outdoor concrete. Cleaning outdoor concrete is a little simpler. Your best course of action is to use a hose, some bio-degradable detergent, and a large sweeping brush. Sweeping outside isn't as crucial as it is for sweeping inside since you have the ability to wash everything away, and you're probably not overly concerned with cleaning every nook of surface area in your driveway.

For outdoor concrete, you can also rent a power washer. A power or pressure washer will do most of the work for you, but it's also a lot more expensive than the old-fashioned way. For tough stains, such as grease stains, Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) can be used if detergent doesn't get the job done. TSP can be purchased at most hardware/home center stores. As a last resort, solvents or Muriatic Acid can be used to clean any persistent concrete stains; however, these chemicals require a lot of caution and should only be used as a last resort. A good scrubbing with a sweep brush and detergent should eliminate most of the dirt and stains that might appear on outdoor concrete in your home.

It may require a bit of elbow grease, but as with any other flooring in your home, you should take care of your concrete flooring. Whether you have beautiful concrete flooring inside your home, or just a slab of gray concrete in your driveway, regular cleaning can keep your floors in excellent shape for a very long time. You can learn more about how to take care of your concrete floors from My Floor's blog.

Author

SallySmith

Sally Smith

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Decorating How-To: Layering Rugs

Layered rugs are a growing trend in the world of interior design; just browse Pinterest for a few minutes or open your most recent decor magazine...

Floors / Tile / Hardwood

Storage and Home Staging: Cutting Down on Your Home's Clutter

Before you can move into a new home, you've got to sell your old home. But doing that isn't always easy, particularly in today's...

Real Estate / Finance

Save Money with Front Load Washers

Front load washers are becoming more and more popular in home laundry rooms.  Their features and functionality make them great for homeowners who...

Appliance / Repair

Using a Convection Microwave

There are many enhancements that a convection microwave has when compared to a gas or electric oven.  The most noticeable is the fact that the...

Appliance / Repair

Tips for Buying Bank Foreclosure Houses

There are many people out there who want to purchase real estate properties. The problem is, they just do not have enough money. So, rather than...

Real Estate / Finance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017