Concrete is a highly durable material that can withstand almost any force and lasts for a very long time when well maintained. It’s a material that is no longer used solely for parking lots and sidewalks either as there is a growing trend in decorative concrete. If your concrete surfaces aren’t as fresh as they were after their initial curing, it can lead to a number of issues: grease stains that don’t go away and attract bugs, unpleasant smells and an unprofessional look.
One key thing to understand before you start cleaning is the difference between pressure washers and power washers. Both pressure washers and power washers use strong, direct, pressurized streams of water to clean the desired area, however power washers have an internal heater that makes the stream of water very hot. They both do essentially the same job, but with some materials not being able to handle hot water, it’s important to know the difference and be able to choose the right washer. In addition, power washers are much heavier and expensive because of the additional internal equipment.
Pressure washing concrete isn’t the most stressful thing in the world, but it’s still something to consider very carefully. Pressure washers and power washers can cause harm to any type of concrete if they are not used properly. It can take a bit of time and practice to become skilled at handling pressure washers, so if you are pressure washing a location that needs to be treated with extra caution, such as the area that leads to the front doors of your restaurant, you might want to hire a cleaning company that knows how to properly pressure wash.
Please note that this blogpost is talking about outside, unfinished concrete, not polished concrete. It is possible to power wash stained concrete, but often more gentle methods of cleaning are more desirable to protect the concrete finish. In addition, polished concrete is often used indoors. You don’t want to unleash a pressure or power washer inside!
Pressure washing isn’t scary at all. As long as you research your equipment and protect both yourself and your environment, you have nothing to worry about. Otherwise, contact a professional pressure washing service provider for assistance. Happy washing!