Concrete Cleaning

Have you ever tried to scrub a large concrete area with a bucket and a brush – if so you are aware of how “not-worth-it” it is, if not, then our advice to you is to not even try! We have found that pressure washing is the best method – easier on the back and you get results! If you wish to give the ol’ DIY pressure washing a whirl, here are some basic procedures to get you started:

Prep your concrete surface by sweeping away loose debris – you can wash this away with the pressure washer later but it saves you a bit of energy and hassle to just sweep it out of the way before hand.

Generally, a pressure washer isn’t something homeowners have just kicking around, however there is always the option to buy one for use for the coming years or to rent one for a one time use. Set up the pressure washer by following the machines directions – test the different pressure options (psi settings) and test a small area before getting started.

HINT: regular concrete can typically withstand pressure of around 10 MPa (1450 psi) to 40 MPs (5800 psi). Start lower and work up if more pressure is needed.

After deciding on the right pressure setting, alternately spray a cleaning solution/stain remover that you have prepared or bought with rinsing the concrete. You may have to repeat this step a few times.

Sometimes it is good – and necessary – to let the cleaning solution soak for a few minutes before rinsing, however you should always read all instructions before using any chemical cleaning or stain removal solutions.

For corporate or commercial facilities, or even for you home, you may need a team of professionals – Gum Fighters are READY, give us a call at (778) 237-6486 or email us at info@gumfighters.ca!