Enviro Clean & Capture has been a professional concrete cleaning company for many years now. We’ve handled jobs of all sizes and complexities, and if there is one thing we truly understand, it’s how to create a stunning, clean, concrete floor. We also love sharing our expertise with our customers, as our goal is to ensure the cleanliness and longevity of their concrete.
Concrete is a fantastic looking material that is very robust, but it does require care as grime and dirt will inevitably build-up, causing it to look less-than-perfect and even damaging the surface. Even if your flooring is not visibly unclean, there can be harmful bacteria or mould that are doing damage.
The quickest, easiest and most thorough answer is to hire a professional pressure cleaning service to provide the best clean. This combined with some DIY tasks and the right equipment will protect your concrete investment while having it look the best it possibly can. Let’s explore the best equipment and processes to ensure your concrete is in its optimal state, all the time.
The things we have learned as a concrete cleaning company
Why should you listen to us? We’ve spent years cleaning all kinds of surfaces and have grown to be one of the finest concrete cleaning company options in the country. This is mainly due to our meticulous approach to cleaning, but also years of developing our cleaning skills. Every time we clean, the best result is achieved, it’s that simple.
The type of clean is a very important factor when it comes to your approach and equipment. This not only depends on your surface (e.g. the type of concrete you have), but which equipment, and most importantly, cleaning materials you will use. Believe it or not, you can cause unnecessary damage to your flooring just by attempting to clean it. This is often the primary reason why people use a concrete cleaning company to avoid wasting their own time and creating an issue.
The best concrete cleaning equipment and processes
There are different types of cleans required for your concrete floor, some you can handle on your own and some that are better performed by a concrete cleaning company. A mix of both the DIY and professional approaches is the most thorough, and affordable way to ensure the finest look and care possible.
This “perfect mix” is quite simple, it involves a regular sweep of your standard concrete flooring with a hard-bristle outdoor broom and a proper deep clean from a concrete cleaning company at least every six months. If your concrete is outdoors, it is susceptible to a significant amount of dirt, grime and grease, but your indoor concrete flooring is also likely to get very dirty.
The best DIY equipment for exterior concrete is simply a hard-bristled broom, hose with a spray nozzle, and some dry granular cleaner. You can upgrade your equipment with a shop-vac or power washer if you happen to have them, but it is not essential.
We always recommend you perform the spot clean on a sunny and dry day with minimal wind and always begin by sweeping or vacuuming the debris. Spray the area on the highest setting that your hose can handle and cover the wet area with the cleaner. From here you simply use a broom to scrub the solution and clear it away with the high-pressure hose.
If you have a power-washer available, substitute it for the hose. This will save you some time making the task easier and more effective, but it is not an essential. The six-month clean from a professional concrete cleaning company will cover you for the deep clean, using industrial-style power cleaners that you cannot pick-up at the local hardware store.
What about the interior?
No, we do not recommend you use the power-washer in the house! When it comes to your interior, for which you may have decorative concrete floors, stick with a broom, wet and dry mop, a mild floor cleaner with warm water for your spot clean.
When it comes to your interior spot-clean, follow these steps:
Sweep the area
Follow with a dust mop
Put a small amount of mild cleaner or dish soap and warm water into a bucket (Do not use vinegar or ammonia).
Mop the floors in small sections, rinsing and drying the mop frequently
Repeat with clean, warm water to remove any remaining soap residue
If you do have decorative concrete inside the home, it may need rebuffing every now and then to maintain its shine. When it’s time for this to happen, we strongly recommend outsourcing the task to a professional as the proper equipment and training is vital to handle the task correctly.
Another important task to keep in mind to ensure the optimal care for your flooring is resealing every three to four years. Once again, we recommend a flooring professional handles this task for you to prevent any costly accidental damage. The last thing you want is to spend hours (and money) on a resealing project only to perform it incorrectly and have it not provide the function of protection.
The best equipment and process to tackle stains
The various process instructions above are perfect for your general overhaul clean, but they likely won’t take care of stubborn and specific stains. The type of stain will determine the methods required to remove it, but fear not, as the stain can be dealt with, no matter how intense it is (it just may take a little longer).
The following stain types can be handled with these processes and equipment:
If you have a concrete driveway or garage, the chance of oil stains is very high.The best way to tackle them is with a spray bottle that contains bleach. We recommend you take care while using bleach and wear old clothes. Simply spray the bleach onto the stain and leave it for 20 minutes. After that, take an old scrub brush to the stain, and rinse it with clean water. Repeat if necessary until the stain is no more.
Believe it or not, kitty litter is the best option when dealing with a grease stain. If you do not have a cat, you can opt for dry cement in its place. You simply spread your chosen option over the stain and allow it to sit for three days. After this, sweep or vacuum and dispose of it in the rubbish. Whatever you do, do not dispose of the dry cement in a sink or toilet, as this will lead to very costly plumbing issues.
Once again, the concrete in your garage or driveway is very susceptible to tyre marks. For this, you’ll need a degreaser, preferably one with orange citrus concentrate. Put the solution on the stain and let it sit for a few hours, then give it a powerful scrub with a brush or broom. After this, rinse off the degreaser, and the stain should be no more. If it is still present (but hopefully much lighter) repeat the process until it’s gone.
The simplest way for you to access professional concrete cleaning equipment
The required deep clean to ensure your concrete is kept in a premium state needs equipment that it is unlikely you have around your home. You could hire it, but hire equipment is likely not maintained to an acceptable level, and has often been incorrectly used by other DIY cleaners. The last thing you want is to run the risk of causing damage or even worse, injury due to a misunderstanding about how to use industrial equipment.
Save the many hours it takes to complete the job on the weekend while accessing professional cleaning equipment when you need it by hiring a concrete cleaning company. A professional pressure cleaner doesn’t have to sit in your garage all of the time just so you can use it twice a year!
The benefits of deep cleans from a concrete cleaning company
There is no substitute for experience and the training that a professional concrete cleaning company brings to your home is priceless. When using industrial cleaning equipment, it is vital that you have the right settings, temperatures and materials, not only for the highest-quality clean, but also the most amount of care.
As mentioned above, you simply do not know how much you can trust the quality of hire equipment. A professional concrete cleaner needs to maintain all machinery – their livelihood depends on it! This guarantees you the right equipment in correct working order. Equipment that is regularly serviced provides peak performance and as a result the best outcome.
If something is going to go wrong, it will likely be via the use of incorrect chemicals. A deep clean requires more than just soap and water, and a professional cleaner will know which cleaning products are safe and effective for your type of concrete. You also cannot buy industrial strength cleaning materials at your local supermarket, so remove the hassle of finding these by leaving it to the pros.
To keep in mind: concrete resealing
As we mentioned above, resealing is another crucial element to ensure the protection of your concrete. This task is best left to a specialist concrete expert as you really don’t want to take any shortcuts or seal incorrectly as this will negate the entire process. Knowing when your concrete may need a reseal refresh is something you can test at home! Just pour 15-20mls of water on the surface and leave it for 20 minutes. Soak it up with a towel and if there is still a dark mark, you may need to reseal.
Resealing not only protects your concrete, but it makes the regular task of cleaning a lot more straightforward. Concrete is sealed when first installed, but over time it wears away, leaving your floors unprotected.
Want the highest level of clean and protection for your concrete? Speak to Enviro Clean and Capture today
You may have ascertained that the simple answer is outsourcing to a concrete cleaning company. This will provide you the peace of mind in knowing you have the best care for your concrete. The experts at Enviro Clean and Capture are a well-trained team with all of the required industrial equipment. We have been providing expert concrete cleaning and sealing around Sydney and Newcastle for over twenty years and bring a level of expert knowledge that is invaluable.
Our fast response times, friendly service and competitive rates have meant our business has grown and we offer a range of cleaning options, not just for concrete that can help you get the best out of your property. Chat to us about our full list of services which includes:
Natural stone cleaning
Natural stone sealing
Leave it to the professionals, save yourself the time, hassle and risk of DIY deep cleans and rest easy knowing you are taking the best possible care of your investment. We service all of Sydney and Newcastle providing a near-new look that will extend the life of your concrete for many years to come. Give the skilled team at Enviro Clean and Capture a call today for both commercial and residential properties.
If you want to see just how affordable the Enviro Clean and Capture service is, fill out a quick quote form online or give us a call and we’ll provide our great prices tailored to your exact needs. With our expert cleaners on the case, you’ll have a brand new look in no time at all.