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How to Prepare a Concrete Surface for Treatment

How to Prepare a Concrete Surface for Treatment

When preparing a concrete surface for treatment, it is vital that your surface is prepped properly so that the concrete sealer is as effective as possible.  

UNIQUE® Concrete Sealer is an ASTM C-309 VOC-compliant concrete sealer designed to create a barrier for new and old concrete surfaces. The penetrating, non-yellowing acrylic polymer protects concrete from water damage that is often caused by freeze/thaw cycles, dirt stains, and contaminants.

Step 1: Preparing a Concrete Surface for Treatment with Effective Cleaning

The first step in preparing a concrete surface for treatment is removing dirt and debris so that you have a clean space to work with. The most effective and efficient way to do so is with a leaf blower – this will ensure that your concrete surface is entirely free from anything that might cause a problem during application.

Step 2: Power Wash

Step two of preparing a concrete surface for treatment is with a thorough power washing. Power washing with a mild detergent will clear off any remaining dirt and will promote a proper bond between the sealer and the concrete surface. It is vital to allow ample time for your concrete surface to dry after power washing and before the next step. Concrete sealer should never be applied to a damp surface.

Step 3: Address Oil and Grease Stains

It’s imperative to remove grease and oil stains before applying concrete sealer. If stains are left untreated, the material will eventually seep back to the surface and could ruin a freshly treated concrete surface.

If, after power washing the concrete, you notice any oil or grease spots that were not removed, use UNIQUE KWIK-LOK® Pavement Primer to cover the spots before applying the concrete sealer.

Prepare a Concrete Surface for Treatment

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ve officially prepared your concrete surface for treatment. Following each of the aforementioned steps will help ensure that your concrete sealant creates a strong bond and serves as a worthwhile protective barrier.

Applying Your Concrete Sealer

After following our tips to prepare your concrete surface for treatment, you can turn your attention to choosing the proper application tools and applying the sealer effectively. Our breathable, slip-resistant, and UV-resistant formula can be applied with a sprayer or a roller.

When you begin the application process, you’ll want to use a hand pump strayer and start at one end of the concrete surface and work your way back. Apply the sealer evenly and avoid pooling. Allow 2-4 hours of curing time between applications. Once the last coat has been applied, the final curing time should be 12-24 hours before the area is open to traffic.

Once complete, your concrete surface will be fully protected from intense freeze/thaw cycles and regular water damage.

Contact Us with Questions About How to Prepare a Concrete Surface for Treatment

Have questions about preparing your concrete surface for treatment? Need more information about our concrete sealer and its unique properties? Our team is here to help! Whether you need product recommendations or guidance on the process of preparing and applying concrete sealer, we’re ready to assist.

Contact us today to get started on your concrete sealing project!

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Becky Dunlavey

With over 10 years of experience, I wear many hats at UNIQUE Paving Materials. In addition to managing our multimedia marketing efforts and coordinating trade shows and regional events, working with the sales and customer service departments has allowed me to gain a multifaceted knowledge of the industry.

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