Concrete is a robust and versatile building material perfect for foundations and outdoor driveways, pathways and living spaces. Still, concrete is not indestructible, and it is important to perform regular cleaning to make sure your concrete’s structural integrity and aesthetic are not compromised.
It is also advisable to apply a protective coating, or sealant, to your concrete to reduce erosion and degradation caused by wear and tear, extreme weather events and the harsh, and increasingly unpredictable Australian climate.
Below we will discuss the many benefits of seeking out professional services like the ones offered here at Quickly Please Cleaning Services. We provide expert solutions for concrete sealing and cleaning, Sydney, and broader New South Wales communities.
The importance of concrete cleaning
Even though concrete is one of the most robust materials used in construction, it is still subject to degradation by the elements. Concrete’s porous nature allows openings for a range of contaminants to permeate your investment and compromise its strength and aesthetic.
Examples of some of these contaminants could include:
- Dirt and grime
- Natural and synthetic oils
- Organic matter
- Mildew, mould and fungus
- Acidic material
- Residue from spills
- Animal waste and more
Failure to clean off these contaminants and allowing them to build up in your concrete could create a range of issues that can fade or degrade your concretes finish, as well as create potential structural hazards such as:
- Spalling and pitting
- Deterioration from surface abrasions
- Degradation via excess water absorption
- Dusting and more
Although maintenance washing via hose, bucket mild cleaning solution and brush is better than not cleaning at all, it still won’t remove all build up of foreign matter and contaminants.
Professional concrete cleaning and sealing companies, like the team here at Quickly Please Cleaning Services, use environmentally friendly cleaning compounds and high-pressure cleaning technologies to give your concrete surfaces a deep and powerful clean.
It is also important to coat your concrete with the correct sealant, and apply it effectively and consistently. Read on to learn more about the benefits and importance of concrete sealing.
The benefits of concrete sealing
Depending on the tradespeople who performed the concrete work on your property, it is likely that your concrete surfaces had a sealant applied after it was initially poured.
A concrete sealant is a product that places a protective film over, or within your concrete work to ensure it is protected from the hazards previously mentioned.
Some of the benefits of applying a quality sealant to your concrete surfaces include:
- Protection from excess water absorption
- Promotes the longevity of your concrete
- Protection from salt degradation in coastal areas
- Protects from oils, pollutants and contaminants
- Can provide a non-slip coating
- Defends against pests, fungus, bacteria and mould
- Provides UV protection and more
Effectively sealed concrete also makes your surfaces much easier to clean, helping to reduce the absorption of foreign matter, and contaminants. That means less time on cleaning and maintenance and more time enjoying your outdoor spaces.
Depending on the type of concrete surface you wish to seal, your local climate, and the amount of wear and tear the concrete surface may be subjected to, you may find that a general concrete sealer will not offer the desired effect or sufficient protection.
Although DIY concrete sealing kits can be effective, you may not achieve even coverage or penetration if you are inexperienced in the process, and you may encounter problems like bubbling, foaming or inconsistent finishes.
You may also find that you do not achieve the desired aesthetic if your concrete surface is not correctly cleaned and prepared, or if the sealant is applied in poor or unpredictable weather conditions.
These problems can be negated by utilising a professional service like the crew here at Quickly Please Cleaning Services. A job is always easier when you have the proper training and equipment, and you are also then provided with service guarantees safeguarding your investment.
Different types of sealant
There is a wide range of different concrete sealants on the market, and you may find it confusing picking the right one for the concrete surface you are looking to protect.
You may require a different sealant depending on whether you are sealing:
- Entertainment areas
- Plain concrete
- Textured concrete
- Concrete tiles
- Stamped concrete
- Bespoke concrete surfaces
Certain sealants also have different attributes and performance, and without having your space assessed by a trained professional, it is hard to ascertain which sealant will give you the best outcome.
Examples of some of the different types of sealants commonly used include:
- Water-based acrylic sealers
- Silicone sealers
- Penetrating sealers
- Silicate sealers
- Polyurethane sealants
- Solvent-based sealers and more
Safe to say it can be overwhelming having to research and decide for yourself.
Utilising expert concrete cleaning and sealing services like the ones here at Quickly Please Cleaning Services takes the guesswork out of picking the best sealant for your budget without compromising on the quality of product and application.
Scheduled cleaning and resealing
In a perfect world, a sealant would be an apply once and leave scenario; this, unfortunately, is not the case. A sealant is quite often a sacrificial product that bears the brunt of your concrete adversaries like contaminants, pollutants and UV exposure.
So how often do you need to deep clean and reseal your concrete? This can vary depending on the type of sealant used, the type of concrete surface it has been applied too, and sealant manufacturer’s recommendations.
In general, however, most sealants will require reapplication once a year, with some sealant manufacturers stating bi-yearly reapplication for maximum protection and effectiveness.
Although you may perform regular cleaning on your concrete areas with mild cleaning agents and scrubbing brushes, your concrete surfaces may require a high pressure clean before reapplying a fresh coat of sealant.
The team here at Quickly Please Cleaning Services use state of the art pressure cleaning systems custom made for the job. We can ensure your annual deep clean is thorough, consistent and efficient.
Quickly Please Cleaning Services
Your outdoor concrete utilities add measurable value to your home, and they are worth keeping protected and looking their best.
By utilising our expert services, you are ensuring you are doing the best you can to provide your investment with maximum protection from Australia’s harsh environment.
If you require expert advice and industry-leading solutions for concrete sealing and cleaning, Sydney, and surrounding suburbs, contact our helpful staff today to arrange a no-obligation free quote.
Call us today on 1300 421 035, or fill out our online quote request form, and one of our consultants will respond promptly.