HOW TO MAINTAIN STAMPED CONCRETE

Stamped concrete is durable and can last for a very long time if is properly cared for. Like regular concrete, stamped concrete will provide years of service when properly installed and maintained, even when it is exposed to harsh weather conditions.

In some instances, stamped concrete can even be more durable than conventional concrete, particularly if a color hardener has been applied to its surface. Apart from the fact that the hardener impart color, it also make the surface stronger and more resistant to water penetration and abrasion. Some contractor usually apply several coats of protective sealer to stamped concrete so as to block the penetration of deicing chemicals, dirt,  oil and grease stains, and other substances. A sealer with a good-quality will not only make the concrete easier to clean, but also offer other benefits, like enhancing the color and preventing fading from UV exposure.

However, even properly sealed stamped concrete needs some routine maintenance. The level and type of maintenance required will depend on the exposure conditions and the amount and type of traffic it receives. Here are some general tips for cleaning and maintaining a stamped concrete to preserve its beauty and extend its life span.

Though a sealer might hinder stains, you still have to sweep and wash the surface regularly to avoid the build up dirt. You can pressure wash the exterior surfaces or scrub it with a mild detergent. As for interior surfaces, dry dust mopping or wet mopping of the floor is basically the only routine upkeep needed. Avoid using deicing salts on outdoor stamped concrete,  especially during the first winter after the installation of the pavement. Normally, sealers for decorative concrete usually fail in areas where deicing salts are used or that receive drip-off from parked cars. If the stamped surface starts to dull or lose its sheen after some time, recoating it with sealer will restore the luster. Make inquiries from the installer for recommendations of the best sealer that can be used.

If the stamped interior floor is subjected to lots of foot traffic, it is especially important to maintain the sealed surface so as to prevent wear patterns. Use of sacrificial floor wax or polish will provide extra protection by protecting the sealer from wear and also serving as a shock absorber to scratches, scuffs and grime.