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Helpful Tips For Owners

Decorative Concrete has distinct advantages over other pavements and given the correct care and maintenance your new or resurfaced concrete will maintain its colour and appeal for years. Your new or resurfaced decorative concrete is treated with an acrylic sealer to help produce an attractive surface that is easier to clean and maintain than unsealed concrete. The sealer works by blocking the pores of the concrete, providing a protective layer that helps stop dirt becoming ingrained and helps achieve a more consistent look.

Acrylic sealers will wear over time, however, if well maintained you will maximise the lifetime and reduce the frequency of resealing. Under normal conditions resealing may be required every 18-24 months. To ensure the maximum lifetime of your sealer and to keep your decorative surface looking like new it is recommended that periodic maintenance be carried out, maintenance is as simple as removing foreign material and cleaning from time to time.

Maintaining your decorative surface

Cleaning

  • For Driveways, Pathways, Verandahs and Patio's, sweeping off leaves and grass cuttings as they may stain
  • Wash surface regularly to remove loose dirt, you can use a mild detergent
  • Remove spillages, use an absorbent material or mop up excess with a rag. Treat with a suitable degreasing compound A.S.A.P
  • Reseal your surface within 24 months to maintain the Works Warranty
  • DO NOT use any strong solvents on the surface

Avoid

  • Solvent based or chlorine based cleaners
  • Car washing on pavement as some detergents and waxes can affect sealer
  • Oil or petroleum based product spills
  • Excessive leave or organic litter (may stain)
  • Traffic on abrasive materials
  • Excessive dirt ingress

Resealing

If your pavement looks ‘faded’, patchy or dull when dry but appears ok when wet – it is time to reseal. A simple test to determine if your pavement is due for resealing is to wet it. If the surface darkens and appears more consistent then resealing may be required. Always reseal with the appropriate sealer to suit your decorative surface, and to only apply to properly prepared and dry surfaces.

Trouble Shooting

SITUATION

SOLUTION

EXCESSIVE DIRT DEPOSIT CLEAN DIRT OFF (NORMAL CLEANING METHODS)
PAVEMENT APPEARS FADED BUT IS OK WHEN WET RESEALING MAY BE REQUIRED
OIL / PETROL SPILLS ABSORB SPILLAGE WITH ABSORBENT MATERIAL AND TREAT WITH SUITABLE DEGREASER
RUBBER OR TYRE MARKS REMOVE WITH TYRE MARK REMOVER
CRACKS UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN CONTROL JOINTS ARE IN PLACE AND PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN YOUR CONCRETE COULD STILL CRACK MOST CRACKING IS NON STRUCTURAL AND IS BEST LEFT ALONE, AS REPAIRS ARE OFTEN DIFFICULT AND UNSIGHTLY. THESE CRACKS ARE UNRELATED TO THE DECORATIVE SURFACE AND ARE DUE TO THE NATURE OF CONCRETE. STRUCTURAL CRACKING IS NORMALLY WIDER THAN 1.5MM AND IF NECESSARY SHOULD BE ASSESSED BY A QUALIFIED STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
WHITE PATCHES WHITENING MAY OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME DUE TO VARIOUS REASONS. UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHITENING IS NOT A COMMON OCCURRENCE BUT IF IT DOES HAPPEN PLEASE CONTACT YOUR APPLICATOR FOR ASSISTANCE.