Why should Concrete be cleaned and sealed?
Concrete is commonly used in the
construction of Pool Decks, Patios, Walkways, Driveways, Garage & Basement
Floors, Brick, Block and Mortar. Concrete paving materials are offered in the
form of Exposed Aggregate, Impressed Concrete, Paving Stones (commonly referred
to as interlocking stones) Slab or Pre-Cast. Concrete can be natural or coloured
with pigments and is found just about everywhere you look.
When concrete is first installed, it's smooth surface and
vibrant colours (when pigmented) look beautiful. If new concrete surfaces are
left unprotected or improperly protected with inferior products, the smooth
surfaces and vibrant colours will soon disintegrate and stains will penetrate
leaving an unsightly mess. Assumptions that concrete is strong and maintenance
free for life could not be further from the truth. Concrete is like a sponge,
how quickly it deteriorates depends on what it absorbs. To confirm this, drive
through your neighborhood and look at the countless number of unprotected
concrete and paving stone driveways that are stained and damaged by natural
elements and through owner neglect.
The appearance and/or integrity of concrete can be
effected by the following:
- Staining caused by the absorption of Engine
Oils, Transmission and Brake fluids, Automotive and Barbecue Grease, Rust,
Paint, Rubber, Red Wines or Colas, Tree Berries or Sap, Bird Droppings and
Animal Urine. Stains are aesthetically unattractive and may be difficult to
remove unless the concrete is previously protected.
- Acid Rain will continually dissolve the
concrete's color pigments and erode the finish of the pavement until it is
left dull and pitted.
- UV rays & Chlorine based Swimming Pool
Chemicals will dramatically fade coloured concrete over time.
- Freeze-Thaw Cycles (caused by water absorption
into the concrete pores from rain or melting snow on Fall and Winter days
where the temperature is above 0 degrees Celsius. Nighttime temperatures
drop below 0 degrees Celsius and cause this absorbed water to freeze and
expand, breaking down the concrete cells and it's overall integrity. Over
time this will cause erosion, shaling and pop-outs. For great examples of
this, examine any new sidewalk compared to a 5, 10, 15 & 20 year old
sidewalk. The difference is shockingly obvious.
- De-Icing Salts can pit the concrete's smooth
surface within one winter's use if left unprotected.
- Efflorescence Deposits (white soluble salts
which create a whitish haze on concrete surfaces). Efflorescence will
obscure the true color of your pavement, slow down moisture evaporation and
trap dirt in surface pores. Efflorescence is present in most concrete and
"must" be removed from the surface prior to sealing.
- Weeds and other vegetation will grow in-between
the paving sand joints as seedlings take root in the surface of the dirt
contaminated low sand levels.
- Sand loss from the paving joints is inevitable
with wind, rain wash out and tire pick-up. This will lead to instability in
the paving stones and the essential stable base below. Sand joint
stabilization is imperative.
Stains and damage can be avoided by using premium
STONESAVER sealers, repellents and paints.
STONESAVER is a Premium Total Concrete Surface Care
System that is designed in a three step program.
STONESAVER's "Step 1" consists of three Stain
Cleaners, Citrus Oil
Remover, Stripper, which
work to remove topical and penetrated stains such as Oil, Grease, Rust, Paint,
Chewing Gum, Tar and Rubber from concrete surfaces. Failure to remove stains
prior to sealing can interfere with sealer adhesion. These cleaners are easy to
use (pour, scrub & rinse method) with most being non-fuming, odorless or
pleasantly scented. They are materially safe for use around swimming water or
vegetation and are biodegradable within hours.
STONESAVER's "Step 2" consists of the "world's first
acidic based soap" surface preparation cleaner, which requires no chemical
handling or mixing by the residential user. STONESAVER's Concrete Cleaner &
Surface Prep comes in a 1 litre bottle equipped with an "auto diluting" hose end
applicator (much like many lawn fertilizers). STONESAVER's Concrete Cleaner
& Surface Prep is so concentrated that it cleans 300 + sq. ft. on
paving stones and up to 500 sq. ft. on slab concrete, while weighing only 3 ¼
pounds. Simply connect it to the garden hose and you're ready to clean with this
cherry scented soap solution. This process will remove dirt, light tire tracks
and efflorescence from the pavement and allow for proper sealer to surface
bonding. STONESAVER's Concrete Cleaner
& Surface Prep can be well rinsed onto lawns and garden beds without
damage to vegetation.
|Any acrylic sealer applied over
or improperly prepared surfaces can fail.
Paving Stone colours are obscured by dirty and lifting sealer.
this close-up you can see the red colour is obscured by the hazy
STONESAVER's "Step 3" consists of the most premium
concrete sealers, water repellents, satins and paints available on the market
today. STONESAVER's Step 3 products out perform the competitors with the most
advanced technology. They offer the longest lasting and highest protection
against stain penetration while being easy to apply for the weekend warrior.
STONESAVER's offers the following products in 1, 5 and 45 gallon
Before photo of
pavers left unprotected. The efflorescence can obscure the true colors
making paving stones look faded.
After photo of the
paving stones after Cleaning & Sealing with STONESAVER's Surface
Prep and Paving Stone Sealer.
Protect your costly investments with Premium STONESAVER products. The
product the professionals use !