Washing Away Winter: Cleaning Your Concrete Surfaces

If you haven’t already noticed, winter is on its way out. The temperatures are warming, the days are getting brighter, and soon enough, the threat of snow will be completely out of the forecast until next season. Winter may be beautiful, but it can also leave salt stains and other dirt behind, especially on your concrete surfaces. Fortunately there are a wide variety of options for to clean off your concrete patios or sidewalks and return them to their original beauty.

Pressure Washers

One of the best ways to successfully clean winter off of your concrete surfaces is to use a pressure washer. When selecting a washer, Concrete Network says to choose one that has a rating of at least 3,000 psi and a 4 gallon per minute (gpm) flow rate. This will provide enough water – both in terms of volume and pressure – to blast away dirt, salt and other blemishing materials.

Water Temperature Options

When you decide to use a pressure washer to clean your concrete, you will also have the choice between warm and cold water washers. Each option offers its own distinctive benefits.

Cold water pressure washers are usually cheaper and easier to use, and they are often best for residential applications. If you have a quick or small cleaning job, renting a cold water machine may be your best option.

On the other hand, warm water pressure washers are a bit more sophisticated, but they can cut the work time in half. They can also be a bit more expensive to rent, however, so it is probably best to save these for your bigger jobs. Warm water washers are also better at removing any oil or grease stains, so if you’re clearing off a driveway or garage floor, this might be the best choice.

What to Clean With

You don’t shower without soap, and you shouldn’t expect to be able to clean your concrete without some kind of cleaning agent. There are a wide range of different options, with a full selection found in most home improvement stores. Different solutions have different benefits. For instance, pH-neutral cleaners are good for traditional, all-purpose cleaning needs, while an enzymatic or bacterial cleaner might be a better choice if your concrete is marred by pet wastes. Concrete Network breaks down the full selection of options online.

If you are looking to rid your concrete of that winter gunk, look no further than Lawrence Tool Rental. We have the expertise and know-how to recommend the perfect washer to handle your concrete cleaning. Best of all, we have a broad range of pressure washers and other cleaners that will make your spring cleaning job a snap. Stop in and see us today at 5817 Thunderbird Road in Indianapolis or call Lawrence Tool Rental at 317-826-2654 to learn more.


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