At one point or another, if you have a concrete surface on your property, it has accumulated stains with time. Whether the stains are from the weather and other natural materials and debris, or from projects that have been built or constructed on your concrete surface, it can seem impossible to remove them. There are some instances that you may need the help of a professional. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to share some tips on removing common stains from concrete.
Stains Commonly Found on Concrete and How to Get Rid of Them
1. Removing Rust Stains from Concrete – It is easy to get rust stains on concrete. All it takes is one nail dropped from that Saturday morning project. If you have small rust stains, unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade mixed with hot water may do the trick!
2. Removing Grease and Oil Stains – Most people at one point or another have had a car that has leaked oil. It can be a stubborn stain to get rid of. Oven cleaner is a great way to start. Let it sit on the stain for 5-10 minutes and then use a stiff bristled brush to scrub it off. This may take more than one application, but eventually you should get rid of it.
3. Discoloration of Concrete – Over time, you may notice your concrete starting to show signs of discoloration. By using 1 cup of ammonia diluted in 1 gallon of water, you can scrub that discoloration away.
4. Cleaning Blood Stains – Liquid dish soap or Oxyclean are great resources for cleaning up blood. Mix 4 scoops of Oxyclean to 1 gallon of hot water and start scrubbing. If you use dish soap, let it sit on the stain for 20-30 minutes and then scrub with a stiff bristled brush.
5. Removing Leaf Stains from Concrete – Pool shock is a great cleaner for leaf and wood rot stains. Get the entire surface wet and mix ½ lb. pool shock with 4 gallons of water. You can also use the same mixture of Oxyclean mentioned above and scrub with a nylon brush after letting is soak for 15 minutes.
Removing Smoke Damage Stains from Concrete & Asphalt
If your concrete has received damage from smoke recently, it is best to remove it right away. Over time, it might fade, but that will take just that … time. Power washing is one of the most effective ways to get rid of smoke damage to your concrete. You need to be careful though. If you don’t know what you are doing, a power washer can actually chip away at the concrete and asphalt. This is best left to professionals who are trained with the right equipment.
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Big Moose Pressure Cleaning had the opportunity to clean up a scene from an episode of the hit television show, “The Walking Dead.” The asphalt was covered in zombie blood and smoke damage after a car was incinerated as part of the episode. Talk about a fun job! Big Moose Pressure Cleaning has trained technicians and the right equipment to clean up at any stains that you can’t seem to get rid of on your asphalt or concrete (or that you don’t even want to attempt). After cleaning up a mess like that left behind by zombies, there isn’t any stain or fire damage you can create, that we can’t handle! Call us today for all your exterior cleaning needs!