MAINTAINING AND CLEANING
MAINTAINING AND CLEANING
All Homestone concrete is factory sealed unless there is a special request not to seal it. All concrete sealers used by Homestone will be negatively affected if strong or harsh chemicals are used to clean the surface. Therefore, it is never recommended to use strong acid or basic cleaners on the concrete, only neutral cleaners are recommended. Here are a few other tips on cleaning and maintaining concrete surfaces:
- The wear surface of the concrete will be the sealer if a wax surface is not applied. High quality waxes will protect the sealer surface and thus protect the concrete surface over time. Once the wax surface starts to degrade simply reapply a wax surface again. Reapplying a sealer to a degraded sealer surface is a lot trickier and can result in variable results.
- Indoor and outdoor sealers will react differently to cleaning as will penetrating and topical sealers. Penetrating sealers such as the matte outdoor sealer leaves the actual concrete surface of the concrete exposed to cleaners. Topical sealers such as gloss sealers leave a thin layer on the surface of the concrete. These layers will breakdown under stress such as strong acidic or basic cleaners. All sealers are “breathable” which means they allow air to pass through and eventually water. If a puddle of water is left on the surface of the sealer until it dries it will leave a white mark. This means that the water has passed through the sealer. The mark will disappear when the water completely dries out of the sealer. If the water contained something caustic then when passing through the sealer the caustic material may leave discoloration or even breakdown the sealer or stain on the concrete . Therefore it is recommended to use neutral cleaners, don’t allowing puddling of any acidic or basic materials over long periods of time (ie. cleaners, wine, orange juice etc.) and always wipe up concrete surfaces of any excess water. Concrete surfaces should be cleaned much like stone surfaces.
- Homestone sealers are very good at stain prevention. If you desire further stain prevents adding coats of Porous Plus by Miracle Sealants is an option. All but a few Homestone sealers will allow a coat of Porous Plus to be added to the surface and improve protection. Before attempting a coat of Porous Plus always test a piece before applying to the whole order to make sure it doesn’t negatively affect the surface. Porous Plus is used mainly when there is an unusual amount of edge “shadowing” when grouting. Porous Plus is rarely needed for general stain proofing but can but applied if necessary.
- Do not use abrasives on the sealed concrete surfaces. Sealed surface are fairly scratch resistance to every day stresses such as normal foot traffic, however, sealers will scratch if stressed by mechanical means, such as aggressive buffing pads, utility knives etc. Abrasive cleanser such as “Comet” are not recommended when cleaning concrete surfaces. Do not pressure wash the concrete surface. Depending on pressure intensity you may remove both the sealer and/ or the color from the concrete surface. As stated before with penetrating sealers you are pressure washing the actual concrete surface.