Removing stains from concrete is a breeze if you follow our tips.
Removing stains from concrete floorings, such as in your garage, can be difficult. Depending on the type of stain, there may be different ways you can approach the situation.
To simplify matters, we’ve made a quick guide showing you the steps you need to take to remove any kind of stain from concrete flooring. For more information, continue reading below.
How to Remove Oil Stains & Grease Stains
Sadly, you can’t scrub oil and grease stains away. You’ll need to draw them out of the concrete. You can do this by mixing trisodium phosphate with water and absorbent material to make a smooth paste-like substance. Apply the paste and let it dry. Then, scrape and sweep it away.
When working with oil and grease, patience is critical. Stubborn stains may require you to repeat the process two or three more times.
How to Remove Paint From Concrete
Cleaning paint from concrete is similar to stripping paint from wood. If you’re working outdoors, you may consider using a methylene chloride-type stripper for fast results. Methylene chloride can be hazardous, so remember to take the necessary precautions.
Start by mixing absorbent material into the paint stripper. Thick strippers will not require too much. You can choose to add more paint stripper to the paste after you apply it. Scraping with a hard plastic scraper may also prove to be useful. However, it is essential to allow the paint stripper to do the bulk of the work.
Remove Rust Stains
Rust is one of the most challenging substances to remove from concrete because no simple solvent can effectively dissolve it. With that said, one of the few effective ways to remove rust from concrete is to dissolve the top layer of the concrete using a mild muriatic acid solution. Remember, however, to take the necessary precautions.
The muriatic acid dissolves the cement in the top layer of the concrete. You’ll want to minimize this etching process, though, so begin with a light application and observe the results. If all goes well, you’ll see the solution start to bubble almost instantly.
After the bubbling stops, begin to scrub the surface lightly using a long-handled nylon brush. This will allow you to see whether the rust has disappeared or not.
Once the entire area is clean, be sure to thoroughly rinse the surface using a lot of water to dilute any remaining aside and remove all traces of acid residue. Then, dispose of the rinse water away from your lawn and plants.
Since you’ve used acid, play it safe. Thoroughly rinse any protective gear you may have used. Then, wash your clothing and take a thorough shower, making sure all traces of the acid are washed away.
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