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Concrete Cleaner

For oil stains or gasoline stains, use kitty litter to clean any excess oil. Use dish washing detergent with warm water and scrub brush to clean excess oil or gas stain. For more tips from Fortis Concrete,"The Concrete Experts".

Sidewalk De-icers

How to make your own Sidewalk de-icers by Fortis Concrete, Chicagolands' Premier Concrete Experts Use a mixture of the following:
  • 1 Teaspoon of dish washing liquid (Dawn)
  • 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and 1/2 gallon of hot/warm water
  • Pour or spray over area

This area will not refreeze and no more salts damaging concrete. You can add more to ingredients accordingly to make larger quantities.

Maintaining Your Concrete Patios

Patios are where family members spend most of their time. It is where parents just sit back, relax and watch their children play. It is where husbands make barbecues or grill hamburgers for weekend get together or parties. This is the place in the home where one can find rest and relaxation amidst the busyness of daily life.

Thus, patios need maintenance to keep it in good condition.

It is not good to wait for damages to appear before you start repairing it, the best maintenance you can do is to prevent any of these damages from happening. Cleaning the patio daily with a good broom is a good habit to form. Make sure to sweep away dust, dirt left by shoes and any errant leaves that may be blown in by the wind or rain.

Besides these daily clean-up, schedule a more thorough cleaning once a week or twice a month. If you see a buildup of dirt, scrub it away with a brush or a hose that’s equipped with a high-pressure nozzle. If you see any build-up of mold or mildew, be sure to scrub it with a bleach or soap and rinse it well with a jet nozzle. This tactics or cleaning strategies will make your patio always looking new and functioning at its best.