What many people love about decorative concrete is its versatility and durability. Perhaps even more important than these benefits, however, is the fact that decorative concrete can also be very easy to maintain – even for stamped concrete.
Tips for Maintaining Stamped Concrete
Concrete stamping is a popular application for both residential and commercial use. In the home, stamped concrete can be used outdoors to create attractive walkways or outdoor patios – it can also be used indoors to create one-of-a-kind flooring solutions and countertops. For commercial applications, concrete stamping can be applied to walkways, driveways, and other surfaces for a custom look. Concrete stamping can be applied in a way that mimics the effect of premium building materials, like flagstone, brick, and limestone, without all of the hassle these building materials usually require.
With the proper techniques and products, installing stamped concrete is fairly straightforward – a thin layer of concrete is applied to the prepared surface, and then a concrete mold is used to emboss or imprint the curing surface with the desired pattern to create texture. Stamped concrete is no more difficult to maintain than any other kind of decorative concrete. All you have to do is apply some kind of protective sealer to the surface after it has cured. You can choose from a variety of epoxy, polyurethane, or acrylic sealers, either clear or colored, to help protect your concrete stamping from abrasion, impact, chemical spills, and foot traffic.
Once the surface has been coated, all you have to do to maintain it is mop the surface as part of your regular cleaning routine. For outdoor stamped concrete, pressure washing or scrubbing with a mild detergent should be enough to clean the surface. If your stamped concrete surface starts to dull over time, adding a new coat of sealer will usually be enough to restore it. For an added layer of protection against wear and tear, you can also consider applying a layer of floor wax or floor polish.
They key to success with any concrete stamping project is to start with high-quality materials – that is where The Stamp Store comes in. At The Stamp Store, we have been selling and installing industry-leading decorative concrete products for more than two decades, including concrete stamps and sealers. Call today to see what kind of deal we can make for you or to request a free quote. What more could you ask for?