As a homeowner fond of concrete floors, I’ve been cleaning my concrete floors for years. I’ve given a try to a lot of methods that I’ve learned online, from using a mop to washing them down with water and vinegar.
It wasn’t until recently that I learned how effective steam cleaning is when removing dirt, grime, bacteria, allergens on concrete flooring.
Today, I’ll give you every experience I’ve got on the topic of how to steam clean concrete floors effectively and quickly. Scroll down and try this method with me!
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How To Steam Clean Concrete Floors
Though concrete floors are a durable type of material, they are susceptible to stains and getting dirty. Let’s not wait any longer. Below is a thorough guideline for you on cleaning concrete floors effectively!
Cleaning Standard Concrete
Step 1: Vacuum or sweep standard concrete in order to get rid of debris and dirt.
Step 2: Prepare a water hose and a spray attachment. Next, set the tool at the strongest mode.
Step 3: Utilizing broad spray and strokes the floor. Then, apply some nonabrasive cleaner on the wet floor.
Step 4: Scrub your floor with a push broom.
Step 5: Use spray attachment and water hose to rinse the floor.
Note: This is a common approach to cleaning concrete, but it can result in an uneven look. Pressure washer systems often leave behind wand tool marks and other types of damage.
The high-pressure wand tool is a great cleaning option for large areas, yet, it can damage concrete if set too high of pressure and take much longer to clean an entire lot.
Cleaning Decorative Concrete
Step 1: You can simply use a dust mop to remove any fine particles. I usually make a mixture of dish soap and water to do the task.
Step 2: Before you start mopping, make sure the mop is dampened! Then, carefully clean the concrete floor with the damped mop.
Step 3: With the high-pressure stream, you can steam away dirt and grime to get a clean surface.
Step 4: When the mop is done, empty and fill with fresh water to rinse.
Step 5: Repeat the mopping process to get rid of soap residue completely.
Step 6: The final step in cleaning your concrete is to seal it. For many areas, like kitchens and bathrooms where dirt can get inside the pores of a freshly cleaned surface, this will help keep any oils or sweat from staying on top, so they don’t show through later – making everything look clean again!
A high-quality sealer can protect your concrete from dirt, grease, and grime. This will keep it clean for you to efficiently mop up next time around! Polyurethane sealers can be applied to help protect your concrete floors and provide a shiny reflective finish.
Step 1: Even after you clean your concrete floors, they may still have an oil stain on them. To remove this stubbornness of stains and grime for good, apply bleach to the area with a cloth or sponge. Then, wait about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Once the time has passed, use a rotary pressure washer tool for those areas and then rinse.
Step 3: Place fresh cat litter around the area to be disinfected, and allow it to sit for three days.
Step 4: After that, take care of any leftover areas with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
*Note: You can utilize the dry concrete mixture if the cat litter does not work out.
Tips to Steam Cleaning Concrete Floors
A great way to keep your home clean is with the help of steam cleaning. Follow these helpful guidelines for an effective and safe experience during use!
– It’s essential to stay safe when using a steam cleaner. Wear shoes and keep the machine away from your feet, so you don’t risk getting burned by hot mist or scalding water in case these chemicals get airborne!
– Hard water can be hard on machines, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Therefore, I recommend you use distilled water for cleaning and avoid mineral buildup in your steam cleaner machine!
– Sweep or vacuum before you steam clean floors to avoid turning dirt into hot mud.
– Do place towels under the cleaning areas.
– Be mindful not to drip water on other items.
– You don’t want to get too careless with your steaming wand. As long as it’s pointed in one direction, steam will keep coming out the other end of that pipe and can really catch you off guard if not careful!
– You should never use a steam cleaner on surfaces that can’t withstand heat and moisture.
– Please do not leave your steam cleaner with a full water tank. Make sure you empty the machine and clean it so that it’s ready for whenever you need it
– To avoid damaging your floor, never press down on one spot with the steam cleaner wand or attachment for more than a few seconds.
How to steam clean concrete floors? There are many different ways to clean the concrete, but one of the easiest methods is using a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners work by spraying water mixed with detergent on floors, then quickly heating it up through high-pressure jets that create steam. This process loosens dirt and grime from your flooring so you can wipe them away before they dry.
Not only will this save you time and effort, but it also keeps your hands free from harsh chemicals or solvents that could damage your health or lead to problems like asthma attacks in people who have sensitivities to such things.
Just be sure not to use any bleaching product as these products may cause discoloration on colored surfaces if left too long without rinsing off!