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How to Remove 5 Common Stains From Concrete Without Breaking the Bank

How to Remove 5 Common Stains From Concrete Without Breaking the Bank

Potted Plant Stains

Ever decide it was time to move a collection of beautiful potten plants to the other side of the yard only to discover the horrible stain left underneath them on your beautiful concrete? Have no fear! With a few household ingredients and some elbow grease, you can remove plant stains from concrete with relative ease.

What you need:

  • a medium stiffness, nylon scrub brush (dont use metal bristles as you can damage your concrete!)
  • a dish
  • dish soap
  • dry detergent
  • oxygenated bleach
  • white vinegar
  • very hot (but not scalding) water

 How to:

  1. Try the simpliest, easiest option first!
    -Use the brush and the dish soap to scrub away the stain.

  2. If that doesn't work,
    - take a generous helping of that dry detergent, and completely cover the stain.
    - Make sure that the concrete underneath is wet.
    - Allow this mixture to set for about 10 minutes.
    - Take the hot water and pour it over the detergent to rinse.
    - Scrub with a brush

  3. Still not working?
    - Use some distilled white vinegar and completely saturate the stained area
    - Allow this to soak the concrete for a few hours without allowing the distilled white vinegar to dry
    - Use some oxygenated bleach (about a 1:2 ratio) and water.
    - Apply to stain and allow to soak for another 10-15 minutes
    - Scrub Clean

Rust

One of the most common stains on concrete, especially familiar to anyone with a pool or living near the ocean. Rust is a pain, and it seems like it is impossible to remove rust stains from concrete, but it isn't!

What you need:

  • Un-sweetened kool-aid lemonade (yes, we're serious)
  • distilled white vinegar
  • nylon scrub brush 
  • hot water

How to:

  1. As always, easiest solution first:
    - mix unsweetned kool-aid lemonade with hot water
    - you'll want it to be slightly thicker in consistency than you would drink
    - coat the stain and allow to soak for about 10 minutes
    - scrub with brush and rinse with more hot water
    - while scrubbing, use a rag to blot up rust
  2. Not working?
    - Distilled white vinegar
    - allow it to soak for a few hours, again without allowing it to dry
    - scrub

Grease from the BBQ

Dinner was amazing... but the grease your juicy steak just left on your patio... not so amazing. Luckily, its an easy fix.

 

What you need:

  • dry laundry detergent
  • a srubby brush
  • patience

How to:

  1. Mix the laundry detergent and water together to make a thick paste. You want this to keep moist, but not be runny. Think oatmeal.
    - cover the stain completely
    -allow the mixture to set for 24 hrs
    - use a brush and hot water to scrub.
  2. Didnt work?
    -Repeat.

Leaves 

Fall is a beautiful time of year... however, unsightly leaf stains on your concrete arent so beautiful. Thankfully the solution to removing leaf staing from concrete is very simple.

What you need:

  • Oxyclean
  • high pressure hose

How to:

  1. coat the stain in oxyclean
    -allow to soak for ten minutes
    -rinse with hot water.
  2. Doesnt work?
    -Repeat step one as needed

Wine & Coffee

Again, another painfully simple solutiion to what seems like a huge problem. 

What you need:

  • glycerin or tea tree oil (you can get these at local drug stores)
  • a sponge
  • water

How to:

  1. Make a 1:4 ratio of glycerin to water
    -apply to stain making sure to saturate it
    - allow to soak for about 45 minutes
    - make sure to keep the area moist, so reapply to keep it wet/damp
    - use a damp sponge with some glycerin to scrub 
    - rinse
    - repeat if necessary
  2. Didnt work?
    - After thoroughly rinsing the previous mixture, apply a 1:1 ratio water to white vinegar
    -allow to soak for ten minutes
    - rinse

SO- as you can see, there is no need to use incredibly toxic chemicals or spend a fortune to take care of the little surprises life leaves for us. Removing concrete stains is simple, and can be done with household materials.