Removing Rust Stains from Concrete

On any metal surface that even has the chance of being exposed to water, you expect rust. However, it is somewhat less expected to show up on your concrete, but it can and if the right conditions are met, it will.

Removing Rust Stains from Concrete

So how does that big orange rust stain show up on your concrete when it isn’t a metal surface? There are a few culprits. Most commonly, you will find rust stains on concrete from metal ornaments or lawn furniture. You will typically find smaller rust stains where the metal had contact with the surface. However, if you have a larger rust stain, you will want look to nearby irrigation systems. Some water has trace amount of iron inside and when iron meets water, it creates rust. Thus if your sprinkler system is overflowing onto your concrete, it is likely to blame for that ugly orange stain.

Now that you know where the rust probably came from, what can you do about it? Scrubbing concrete with a cleaner formulated for rust can help to dull the stain, but it doesn’t completely remove it. The real issue is that concrete has pores, and like with dirt, once rust gets into those pores, you need to go in and clean them. The best way to do this is with power washing. The high pressure water penetrates and cleans concrete better than any scrub brush ever could.

By contacting a skilled power washing company, they can save you several afternoons of scrubbing by cleaning that ugly stain away in just a few minutes. By pre-treating with a rust remover and then giving it the power washing treatment, that stain is gone. However, it isn’t gone for good if the cause isn’t treated.

If you have rust stains or even just dirty exteriors that need cleaned, contact us today.

3 Ways to Cut Down on Rust on Your Commercial Building

Rust says a lot about a property, and it doesn’t say anything good. Some rust is unavoidable, and it seems like it reappears as soon as you remove. Sometimes rust is even part of the decor if your building has a rustic feel and you’ve controlled the patina on some iron decorative elements.

3 Ways to Cut Down on Rust on Your Commercial Building

But the rest of the time, rust makes people think the building isn’t being maintained. Rusty sidewalks imply the landscaping is low budget or nonexistent and it decreases the property’s curb appeal. If there’s rust on the building itself, that’s even worse. Here are three ways to get rid of the rust:

1. Galvanize the exposed metal.

You can’t keep water off of your property. So you need to make sure the metal elements are as protected as possible from rain, irrigation, and humidity. Identify the most common rust areas and look into the most cost-effective ways to solve the problem long-term. If you have rusty plumbing fixtures or vents along the building’s exterior, replace them with galvanized counterparts. If your wrought iron fence is coated in rust, clean it and have a protective seal applied.

2. Pressure wash the property.

But before you start protecting your building against future rust, you have to remove the current coat. Using chemicals to remove the rust can be dangerous: not only can they etch through the metal, they will stain the surrounding surfaces.

A pressure washing surface will use the right cleaners and water pressure for every surface, including sidewalks, siding, and metal fixtures.

3. Schedule regular washes.

You can’t galvanize or seal everything, and that means the rust is going to come back. If you have multiple investment properties or your schedule is too hectic to keep scheduling pressure washing appointments, set a schedule for routine service. Pressure washing works best every six months to a year because that stops the corrosion from setting in for too long.

Call 214 Pressure Washing here to schedule an estimate today!

Is Rust Costing You Customers?

Chances are, you’ve invested a lot of time, money and heart into your business and you do all you can to keep it running. We all know the adage, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” With a whopping 95 percent of consumers citing the appearance of a building as part of their decision to visit, could you benefit from some rust removal?

Is Rust Costing You Customers?

Even with the best efforts, there are ways that your building could be falling apart, without you even knowing it or, worse, you could be losing business just because of a natural, chemical reaction. 

If you can see rust forming around your building, this can create expensive – even dangerous – problems for you in the future. Not only is this orange dust unsightly for your customers, but it can spread and create structural problems.

Rust is formed when metal is exposed to moisture and oxygen, resulting in oxidation. From there, it can grow and continue to deteriorate metal and surrounding elements (such as rebar within concrete forms). 

There are many home remedies one can try to remove rust – from sanding the rust away to vinegar and water – but most of these techniques are not only time-consuming, but ineffective in the long run.

Using our pressure washing service, much more area can be cleared of rust, while also reaching into cracks and crevices that are not accessible by hand. This technique removes rust much more quickly, effectively and deeply. 

Additionally, regular maintenance of these areas – inside or out – can prevent further corrosion which ends up being a costly repair or replacement.

If you want to make sure your business is clean and free of rust and corrosion, contact us today so we can discuss ways to make sure your location is squeaky clean.