When oil leaks from your car or grease from a barbecue grill discolors your driveway or patio, it can take a lot of elbow grease to remove the stains. To get rid of the blemishes, Builder's Concrete East, a ready-mix concrete supplier in Windham, CT, offers some tips for stain removal. This information should keep your outdoor spaces looking clean and tidy.
Tips for Removing Concrete Stains
1. General Discolorations
For stains without an identifiable cause, apply an ammonia solution, and scrub the discolored area with a stiff brush. The dirt and grime should come up within a matter of only a few minutes.
2. Grease Oil or Transmission Fluid
Oven cleaner will cut right through concrete stains caused by grease or fluid leaks. Spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, and spray it clean with a high-pressure garden hose nozzle. If you don’t have oven cleaner, treat the stain with a can of cola, or spray it with WD-40. Both have powerful grease-cutting properties.
3. Rust Stains
To remove the coppery-colored rust stains left when a wheelbarrow, garden wagon, or cheap metal lawn chair has sat out on your patio too long after a rainstorm, mix a half-cup of lemon juice or a few teaspoons of an unsweetened lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid® mix with a quart of water. The rust stains should come right up.
The tips above should help you remove unsightly stains from your driveway or patio and improve the curb appeal of your home. Then, if you need ready-mix concrete to patch or resurface your hardscape areas, contact Builder's Concrete East in Windham, CT. They've served the region for more than 50 years and offer a wide variety of products, from pavers and stamped concrete blocks to colored concrete mix. Visit the website to discover the options available, or call (860) 456-4111 to discuss your needs with a friendly representative.