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I live in an area with high humidity levels most of the year. I have replaced wooden patio furniture time and time again and decided that I was no longer going to continue to do that. Instead of buying wooden furniture every few years, I decided to have a concrete contractor build a permanent patio and furniture out of concrete. I wanted concrete tables, benches and a few accents that would be able to withstand the moisture. This blog will show you some great ways to use concrete to avoid the wood rot that comes with living in a humid environment.

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How To Clean A Cement Floor

You probably have a cement floor somewhere around your home, whether a porch, patio, garage or possibly a basement floor. All can get pretty dirty or maybe even stained from years and years of use. You can clean your cement to make it look like new again and less like an eyesore. See below for cleaning tips for your cement floor.

Tools For The Job:

  • Power washer (or garden hose)
  • Bleach
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Rubber gloves

Instructions:

For interior floors, a bucket with warm water will work fine (rather than a hose or power washer).

  1. First, inspect your cement for any damage. You don't want to use a power washer on floors that damaged with cracks, as the power washer can further damage your cement. For damaged areas, use a garden hose instead.
  2. Spray the cement with water to remove loose dirt and debris. Spray it evenly, beginning on one side and working your way all the way around to the edges.
  3. Once the loose dirt is removed, use vinegar and your scrub brush, working in a circular motion to remove stains. 
  4. For deeper stains, algae or even grease/oil stains, mix 1 cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water in your bucket. Then begin again scrubbing the cement with the scrub brush to remove the set-in stains.
  5. Rinse the cement with water and allow it to air dry.

Cement is a highly durable material, but it can stain because it is porous. Be sure to remove debris and any spills immediately to avoid stains and to avoid the breakdown of your cement. You can do a lot with cement floors to enhance their beauty:

  • Garage Floors. Add epoxy or paint to cement garage floors to help protect them against stains and to give them a non-skid surface.
  • Interior Floors. For interior cement floors, you can add cement stain to give them a unique look. Since cement is porous, it absorbs stain well and you end up with a beautiful floor. Add a coating of sealant to help protect the color and your floors from wear and tear.
  • Exterior Patio or Porches. For porches or patios, you can add stain to give your cement some color, and you can also add a new layer of cement and have it stamped for a unique look. Stamps can be made to look like wood, flag stone or even tile. 

Keeping your cement clean will help lengthen the life of your cement, as stains can break down your cement floors. Enhance the beauty of your cement with the addition of cement stains or stamping. Talk to a cement professional about other ideas for your cement floors.