Category Archives: Concrete maintenance and sealing

Resealing and Coloring Stamped Concrete – Kansas City

Here is a video I put together of some recoloring and sealing stamped concrete patios that have faded.  Some are fixes that other contractors or homeowners messed up when trying to reseal that we had to help them fix…but that’s ok.

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Sealer for Stamped Concrete – Incompatability issues

resealing stamped concrete in Kansas City

resealing stamped concrete in Kansas City

Most home owners want to reseal their stamped concrete periodically as they should to insure protection and beauty.  The problem arises when the homeowner goes to the local Home Depot or Lowes and grabs a sealer to reseal their patio for a small weekend project.  This can be an expensive mistake;

  • Big box stores don’t carry the type and quality of sealers that decorative concrete installers prefer to use
  • What type of sealer was initially used on the stamped concrete???

Every concrete contractor in Kansas City that I know uses a solvent based cure and seal on stamped concrete patios.  There are basically two main types of sealers for concrete that you will find.

  1. Solvent based sealers which come in metal cans and require xylene for cleanup.  These are the ones used for stamped concrete in the KC area.
  2. Water based sealers which come in plastic containers and are water clean up.

If you use the wrong sealer your stamped concrete sealer could cloud or peal up.  Just do a little research to find what was previously used and buy from a specialty concrete products retailer such as Decorative Concrete Supply in Lenexa or hire a professional that has these products readily on hand…we get contractor pricing on products and will be able to reseal your stamped concrete without the issues or worries.

Cleaning concrete what to use and what not to

I recently saw a new driveway that was cleaned improperly and caused a horrible stain.  Luckily this problem can me remedied, but it would have been best to prevent the problem all together.  So what do you clean your concrete surface with?

If you have a driveway or patio it would be best to use a product like mean grean or tri sodium phosphate.  These products are basically high powered soaps. The mean grean would work great if you have some oil spots.  One of the best cleaners i’ve ever seen and can be used form more than concrete is Orange TKO .  Once you use this product you’ll be cleaning everything including dishes and laundry with it. Before the product dries use a power washer and clean your surface.  This should work great.  Since you’ve gone through all of the work to get it sealed I would reccommend a water based siloxane sealer.  I would reccommend having this sealed by a professional because once you put a sealer down the time to ask questions and try and figure out the whats and whys has passed and you have a nice mess.

DON”T use muratic acid to clean your concrete….Please.  You would only use acid to clean if you were prepping it for paint and want to etch the concrete.   If you are scrubbing the concrete don’t use a wire brush it will burn the concrete. In the Kansas City environment I strongly reccomment not painting concrete that is exposed to the elements.