Resealing concrete can be an easy enough task. However, for concrete that’s been stamped or engraved with a unique design that adds to the appeal of either a walkway, driveway or patio, this will create a few extra steps when it comes to resealing. Stamped concrete is a great and simple way to add more character to what would have been plain, flat, concrete flooring. Depending on the stamped concrete flooring, foot traffic, or wear from vehicles etc. can break down the concrete’s protective coating or sealant. American Hometown Services will share how to reseal your stamped concrete flooring to help preserve that beautiful design that you have invested in.
Stamped Concrete Cleaning & Sealing
You will want to have all the tools, protective gear and equipment needed on hand. Preparation is the first step to any project and it starts with getting all the right tools. For this project, you will need to have:
• Dust Mask, Gloves and Eye Protection
• Broom and Soft Brush
• Pressure Washer or Garden Hose with a Pressure Nozzle
• Concrete Trowel
• Concrete Sealer and Color
• Premixed Concrete Repair Kit (Optional)
• Concrete Release Powder and Hardener
How to Clean Concrete Floors
Your first step is to evaluate the areas of the stamped concrete that you will be resealing. In most cases the entire stamped concrete area should be resealed. However, occasionally you may just need to repair an area or a small portion of the concrete. After assessing the task, you will want to sweep away all the dirt and debris off the concrete. You will want to clean the concrete especially if it is a driveway that may have oil, grease, or grime caked on. This is where you will want to use a Biodegradable degreasing foam soap. Use the soft brush or push broom to clean the concrete. Rinse away the soap with a pressure washer or garden hose with a high pressure nozzle. Allow the concrete to dry for 1 or 2 days after cleaning it, to make sure the sealer is applied correctly.
Concrete Crack Repair
If the concrete has cracks that need to be repaired, use the premixed repair kit. Each kit varies as to application, so follow the directions to properly apply it. You will want to use a concrete trowel to fill in the cracks or chipped areas. Make sure that you are wearing your protective gear. After the repairs are complete, allow the filling to dry. Note: You may need to re-stamp the concrete area where repaired, if the filling disturbed the design.
Colored Stamped Concrete Sealer
Next add the colored hardener and follow the directions for proper application. Again, each brand does vary in how it is applied. Let the color concrete hardener dry for 24 hours before applying the sealer. This is especially necessary for high traffic areas. Make sure you use a high-quality sealer for longer use and better protection. After the color hardener has completely dried, apply the sealer. Follow the directions for proper application; you may want to consider applying two coats of the sealer for extended protection of the concrete. Note: Plan to apply the sealer on a windless, sunny day for best results. Avoid windy days so that dirt or debris doesn’t get stuck in the sealer. Warm sunny days will help ensure the sealer dries faster.
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Stamped concrete is a great investment to add to an otherwise boring driveway, patio or walkway. If you find you don’t have the time or the ability to care for your concrete flooring, American Hometown Services provides many cleaning and restoration services to assist. Contact American Hometown Services today to protect your stamped concrete flooring.