Statues, along with other types of concrete ornamentals, are a nice addition to help accent different things. They are especially appealing when used in various places in your landscaping.
This means that the statues will need to endure the elements. You will need to periodically maintain them to help them keep their beauty. Here are some tips to clean and preserve your concrete statues and ornamentals.
Cleaning Your Statue
To clean your statue, you're going to need 4 simple items.
Bucket with plain water
The reason that plain water is strongly recommended is because concrete is porous and will soak up whatever might be in the liquid you use to clean your statue. Vinegars and soaps with harsh chemical agents can erode the surface of the concrete.
You may not even notice this gradual deterioration for a long period of time, but eventually the surface of your beautiful statue will seem like it is just melting away. Using plain water – hot water is okay and helpful - is the safest way to ensure this does not happen to your concrete statues.
The same concept is behind using a soft brush to lightly remove excess dust and dirt. A wire brush may seem to make the job easier, but this will compromise the outside surface of the concrete. A soft brush is used to dust the statue, knocking off excess dirt.
A nylon scrub brush can be dipped into your bucket of plain water, and then you can begin to scrub away mold, mildew and other harsher dirt buildup. Your handy toothbrush will make getting into those hard to reach little nooks and crannies easier. Use your toothbrush to get into the grooves around places like eyes, facial features, or other grooves that your normal scrub brush will miss. Be sure to do as thorough of a job as possible removing all the dirt and grime from your statue, as this is vital to prepare the concrete to be sealed.
Concrete statues and other concrete ornamentals should be cleaned at least once a year using this procedure.
Seal for Protection
This is the final, but possibly the most important step in preserving your concrete statues and ornamentals. Sealing the concrete. You will need:
A Soft-Bristled Paintbrush
Portland Cement (To seal cracks and chips)
A Concrete Sealer
An initial step to fix any minor cracks or pits will to apply a little Portland cement. Start with just a thin coat, using your finger to fill the crack, or chipped spot. Allow the cement to dry for at least 2 hours, then check to see if the blemish has been filled sufficiently. Apply a second light coat if need be, and allow it to dry.
Finally, using a soft bristled paintbrush, coat your statue with a waterproof concrete sealer. Use smooth consistent brush strokes to avoid wasting the sealer unnecessarily. Allow this first coat to dry for at least 24 hours, and then as for extra protection, apply a second coat using the same procedure.
Resealing you concrete statues every other year will help to preserve them for years.
By cleaning your concrete statues regularly, you will help to prevent mold, mildew, and dirt from building up on the concrete. Applying a good concrete sealer will not only protect the concrete from the elements, but also make the cleaning job a lot easier.
Enjoy your concrete ornamentals for years to come - keep them clean and keep them sealed. To add to your collection, contact a local outlet, such as Unit Step Company.