When cleaning your Patterned Concrete®, in most cases a simple hosing is all you need. When required,
a non-corrosive cleaning detergent can be used together with scrubbing
using a hard bristle broom. If available, a small pressure washer
can also be used.
The original Cure & Seal
applied at installation helps to maintain moisture in the concrete
slab, which is very important with new concrete. It is very good
practice that this original Cure & Seal be as worn as possible
before additional re-sealing is performed. It is normal for any
sealed concrete surface to not wear consistently as some areas undergo
more wear than others, especially with the original Cure and Seal.
Simply because the original surface has lost its ‘sheen’,
does not mean it is without sealer. Therefore, Patterned Concrete®
recommends re-sealing 3 years from installation.
Once Patterned Concrete®
has been re-sealed the first time, additional re-sealing is recommended
approximately every 3-5 years depending on how the existing sealer
wears. Some may choose to never re-seal again after this first re-seal,
which is fine. Do not over seal your Patterned Concrete®. Many
customers will make the mistake of sealing Patterned Concrete®
every year. Would you paint your garage doors or stain your fencing
every year? Concrete sealers do not wear that quickly and over sealing
will create an unnecessary buildup of sealer ultimately leading
to surface issues (i.e. imbedded moisture, hazy white surface, peeling
of sealer, etc.).
Avoid the use of low quality
retail sealers as they more than often have negative reactions especially
when mixed with Patterned Concrete® high quality VOC compliant
acrylic sealers. Patterned Concrete® reserves the right to avoid
servicing concrete that has been improperly or over sealed by a
customer. An improperly or over sealed concrete surface is sometimes
beyond the point of repair and may require stripping. Stripping
sealer is a very expensive and unnecessary procedure.
Any staining on a sealed surface
that cannot be cleaned with standard detergents (i.e. rust, tire
marks etc.) can be removed using our ‘Sealer Repair’.
Simply apply the Sealer Repair to a white cloth and scrub the stain
gently. This product will essentially melt the existing sealer hence
removing whatever staining is on the surface. A stubborn stain that
requires more aggressive scrubbing may create a bare spot in the
sealed surface. In this case, sealer will need to be ‘brushed’
on this spot only. Sealer and Sealer Repair are available at our
office in both large and small quantities.
Calcium carbonate can occur on
all products that contain cement. This is very common with natural
stone hardscapes however is a little more noticeable on a Patterned Concrete® surface. This calcium may sometimes be found leaching
down vertical step risers and is white in colour. Muriatic acid
(no diluting) on white rags can be used to clean calcium, then using
separate dry rags to immediately wipe clean. Care should be taken
to protect concrete flat work below the step riser in question;
wet down flat work with water as necessary during calcium cleaning.
At the time of construction,
chipped concrete edges may occur during the stamping process as
the molds are lifted; these chipped edges are repaired at the Sealing
stage. Chipped edges can also occur by simple wear over the years
just as any product may naturally chip along an edge. Chipped edges
that occur by wear are typically repaired during the first Re-Seal
service. This is a very minor cosmetic repair where the same surface
colour hardener is used.
Vertical stamping that has lost
its bond for whatever reason can be re-applied and stamped. (Incl.
in 5 yr warranty)
Patterned Concrete® through
years of quality and knowledgeable concrete construction does everything
to reduce the possibility of cracking, however can never eliminate
it entirely. Should a hairline crack occur in the concrete work,
structural epoxy fillers are then used for repair.
Please complete an online Service
Request Form (above) for any Service requirements
you may have. If attempting to complete any Service whatsoever yourself,
be sure to use safety wear at all times.