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Concrete is a constant element in every home. Sidewalks, driveways, patios, garages, basements and more are all created from the same, versatile material. The typical gray slab has maintained the same appearance for decades, but now the ability to change this standard look into an upscale custom design is here.
Imagine transforming your sidewalk into a cobblestone or red brick walkway, without destroying the existing concrete or laying a single brick. How about a multi-tone tile finish in your kitchen or natural stone design on your pool deck? Existing concrete can be made into a multitude of colors and patterns through a process of etching and staining. The modifications made to the concrete are permanent without damaging the existing slab and takes minimal upkeep.
The application is not limited to outdoors. From sidewalks and pool decks, moving inside creates classic looks in bathrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and basements. The etching and staining process can be applied to any room with a concrete floor. Concrete specialists, like Table Mountain Creative Concrete, have many of their own patterns, but as artisans they can use a homeowner’s ideas or designs to further customize the end product.
Furthering the ability to customize the final look, an unlimited number of patterns, logos and designs are available as well as a complete color palette ranging from muted tones and pastels to bright blues and deep charcoals.
If you are thinking of tiling a bathroom, putting in a brick walkway or painting the garage floor, consider modifying the existing concrete with modified concrete overlays, staining, and epoxy. It is an easy, affordable and permanent solution to upgrading your home. The change can be so dramatic that it is hard to believe the final product is still concrete.
Vacuuming or sweeping the surface to remove dirt and dust from the completed surface is typically adequate to maintain chemically stained and sealed interior surfaces. Non-rubber floor mats at all entries to the finished floor are highly recommended to reduce the amount of debris and grit carried into the area. Surfaces may be mopped with a solution of water and mild detergent as needed.
For larger areas, walk-behind or ride-on scrubbing machines are efficient and cost effective. To provide a protective coating and additional shine, a wax can be applied using a compatible, high-speed wax or commercial floor polish. Usage will determine how often you need to clean and wax your interior surfaces.
To clean exterior chemically stained and sealed driveways, patios, pool decks, and similar surfaces, ordinary dirt and grime can be removed by rinsing the area with a garden hose or pressure washer. Heavily soiled areas should be cleaned first with a push broom to loosen dirt.
Fresh oil drippings can be wiped off the surface with a rag or paper towel. Tire marks, oil stains, crayon marks, and all other tough stains may be removed by using Simple Green® or Fast Orange Hand Cleaner®, and a soft bristle brush or cloth. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning. As with all surfaces, salt and de-icers can be very damaging to decorative concrete, so remove it immediately.
Mineral deposits from hard water should be washed off on a regular basis to prevent permanent build up. These deposits can usually be removed by a mild solution (10%) of muriatic acid and water scrubbed on the affected area. Be careful when handling muriatic acid and read the caution label on the container before use.
Avoid the use of abrasive pads and wire brushes, as well as solvents and paint/lacquer thinners to clean the surface. Anything that will scratch, chip or damage concrete will also damage the decorated surface.
Sealer will help to protect the surfaces. A maintenance application of the same sealer originally used while preparing the surface should be made periodically as the sealer is worn off the surface. Depending on the use of the surface, it is recommended that the sealer be re-applied to all treated surfaces every two to four years.