Have questions about concrete installation or care? The information on this page provides answers to the questions we hear most often from our customers. If you have a question that does not appear here, please contact us directly. We will be happy to help.
Should I seal my concrete seasonally?
Yes. Sealing helps prevent winter salt damage and also makes the concrete surface easier to clean. Sealing of the concrete should be done on a yearly basis.
Can I use salt on my concrete?
It is not recommended, especially during the first year. Shoveling and keeping the concrete clear of snow, dirt and debris will provide the best protection for its surface.
How can I remove stains from concrete?
There are a number of ways to effectively remove stains from concrete, some involving mechanical equipment and others that use chemicals or water. Some common “dry” methods include sandblasting, flame cleaning and shotblasting, as well as grinding, planing and scouring. We do not recommend the use of steel-wire brushes because they can leave behind metallic residue that may later rust and further stain the concrete.
Soap and water can clean many types of stains from concrete, while stubborn stains can often be removed using specific chemicals that dissolve the substance so that it can be blotted from the surface or bleach it so that it does not show.
What kinds of decorative finishes can be applied to concrete surfaces?
Coloured concrete, textured finishes and geometric patterns are just a few of the decorative finishes Abacus Concrete provides for our customers. Colour is achieved by using white cement rather than the traditional grey and adding pigment either before or after the concrete is in place. Available textured finishes range from a smooth, unblemished polish to a roughness that is comparable to pea gravel. Geometric patterns can be applied to wet concrete to create an effect that resembles stone, brick or tile paving. Special techniques are also available to provide concrete finishes that are slip resistant or provide a “sparkly” appearance.