The drawback to
beautiful decorative concrete is that you notice when it is dirty.
Your new surface must be maintained properly to keep its beautiful
appearance and functionality. The information below will give you
the knowledge needed to keep your surface looking its best.
Using During Curing:
Newly installed floors
are normally cured 72 hours after final coat of sealer. However on
newly installed overlays the concrete reaches its maximum strength
in about seven days. You can place furniture or heavy items 24 hours
after final coat of sealer. Avoid dragging items during
Maintenance and Care:
Your Exterior surface
was sealed with multiple coats of a high-solids, UV-resistant,
penetrating solvent-based sealer. This sealer will repel dirt, dust
and other substances that can get embedded in concrete surfaces and
promote the growth of mold and mildew.
1. If you notice a
powdery white or splotchy appearance; especially after a rain, the
sealer is doing its job. This is the dirt/dust mentioned above. Hard
water will exacerbate the effect. A rinse with a garden hose
followed by a leaf blower to remove excess water will fix this.
2. If there was a
spill of a soft drink or something you didn’t see right away, use a
mild soap like Ivory liquid in some warm water to loosen the
material. Rinse and blow and you are back to a clean surface.
3. Be careful to
avoid spilling of paint thinner, xylene, toluene, gasoline, or any
other material with strong solvent properties. In the event that
such materials come in contact with the sealer, dab (don’t wipe)
with a clean rag until the surface is dry. If the sealer becomes
tacky, avoid contact with it for 48 hours while it re-hardens.
4. As with interior
floors, plastic glides or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy
furnishings or those which will move frequently.
5. Potted plants
should have a dish placed under them to catch excess water; this is
especially true if you use a lot of fertilizer on the plants.
6. The surface should
be resealed periodically. Although we use a high-solids sealer, with
the strong sun in Texas, we recommend sealing every 5 to 7 years.
When you start to
notice that water doesn't bead up on or seems to absorb into the
surface, it is time to reseal.