The Dirt on Stains – What Can and Cannot be Cleaned Away

Here at Curb Appeal Solutions, we make dirt our business. No, really. We pride ourselves in cleaning the exterior of your home to the point that it looks like new, and do so with a smile on our faces.

Unfortunately, there are times when even the best of the best in Greenville exterior cleaning can remove a stain from siding or concrete. That’s when it is time to get creative and use different methods of cleaning your home exterior.

  1. Removing Oil and Grease Stains.

Is your drive way specked with stubborn grease and oil marks? Have you tried everything possible to remove the unsightly dirt from your cement but no luck? Even power washing can’t help a set in stain like oil and grease, but a special absorbent solution can!

Using 1 ounce of trisodium phosphate (or a TSP substitute) into bucket with a cup of water and a cup of absorbent material. You’re looking for a creamy paste consistency . Be sure you are wearing protective eye and hand coverings when you work with these items! Apply the paste to the stain, and wait for it to dry.

The idea behind this removal is to draw the stain out of the concrete, since scrubbing at the stain won’t do anything to remove it.

Once the paste is try, scrape it away from the surface and sweep away the stain! It should be noted that longer set stains may take two or three coats of paste in order to pull it out of the cement completely.

  1. Removing paint from concrete.

The same concept applies to removing paint stains from concrete. Using a paint stripper, add it to the absorbent material and make another paste. Spread this paste onto the paint stain, and wait 10 to 20 minutes for the effects to work and the stain to be removed!

  1. Removing rust. Rust is a little different than the others. It is really tough to remove, and removing the top layer of concrete is the best way to clean these types of stains. This can be extremely hazardous if not used properly, so PLEASE take every precaution necessary before attempting to remove rust stains.

Good ventilation is necessary as is coverings for your eyes, feet, hands, and even a ventilator is suggested.

You will dissolve ¼ cup of muriatic acid to 2 cups of water to help remove the rust stain from the concrete. For more information, you can visit your local home improvement store, and they will guide you on the best practice for this removal.

At Curb Appeal Solutions, we are all about making the homes of Simpsonville, Greer, Greenville, and everywhere in between as clean as possible, but sometimes stains are even beyond our expertise. That’s why we offer a consultation prior to our cleaning, and will let you know if we find stains that we can’t treat.

For more information, visit our website and schedule your appointment today!

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