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Oh Those Unsightly Concrete Surfaces; Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Whether it's your garage, driveway, interior floor, countertop, backyard patio, walkways, or even your pool, concrete surfaces can gradually become stained, dirt-ridden, cracked, pitted, and simply unattractive over time. Thankfully, there are effective solutions available to rejuvenate and transform these surfaces.


Cleaning Away Years of Buildup: The First Step in the Rejuvenation Process


At Olson Marble and Stone Care, we utilize a state-of-the-art, high-pressure truck-mounted washing system that delivers an impressive 3500 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure and 5.5 gallons per minute. This unparalleled system efficiently eliminates years of built-on dirt, leaving your concrete surfaces clean and ready for the next step.


Identifying Concrete Failures: Unveiling the Hidden Issues


Once your surfaces are clean, it becomes easier to locate and identify various causes of concrete failures. Hairline fractures, cracks, spalling, unevenness, low areas, and stains become visible, allowing us to assess the extent of the damage and plan the necessary repairs and improvements.


Resolving Issues and Restoring Your Concrete Surfaces: Olson's Transformation Process; Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining


One common cause of cracks is pooling water, which can indicate an uneven patio surface. If you notice areas of standing water on your patio, it's a clear sign that it needs to be resurfaced. Spalling, characterized by chipping or flaking of the concrete surface, is another issue that calls for resurfacing.

Olson's experienced technicians begin the transformation process by sanding away any damaged concrete present on the surface. Our high-powered tools, including shot blasters or scarifiers, ensure a thorough sanding, resulting in a completely smooth surface ready for refinishing.

Cracked areas are then addressed, as it is crucial to seal them before applying the main sealcoat. Our skilled team repairs and fills the cracks, ensuring a flawless finish. If necessary, a new top layer may be applied for a comprehensive restoration.


Choosing the Perfect Finish: Enhancing Your Concrete Surfaces


After completing the sanding and repair steps, it's time to apply the sealant and enhance the appearance of your patio. At Olson Marble and Stone Care, we offer a variety of surfaces and staining techniques to suit your preferences. Choose from options such as color stains, composite overlays, and other materials that add a unique flair to your patio. Our staining techniques include NewLook stains, dye stains, water-based stains, acid stains, solid color stains, and decorative faux staining. Additionally, we provide surface coatings such as epoxies, metallic epoxies, urethanes, and super tough poly-aspartics. Our range of sealers includes penetrators, lacquers, and acrylics. We also offer eco-friendly stains and sealers upon customer request.


Beautify and Protect: The Long-Term Benefits


Stains and coatings not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your concrete surfaces but also extend their lifespan. Concrete resurfacing materials, decorative coatings, and composite coatings are durable and resistant to stains. They repel moisture and significantly reduce the risk of unsightly cracks or chips. Moreover, these coatings have the ability to conceal oil stains, tire marks, and other minor imperfections. By investing in concrete resurfacing and beautification, you not only enhance the curb appeal and upscale appearance of your property but also increase its value, providing you with years of pride and enjoyment.


For over 37 years, Olson Marble and Stone Care has proudly served San Jose and the Greater Bay Area as the number one choice for all interior and exterior concrete cleaning, polishing, and staining needs. Trust us to bring back the beauty and vitality of your concrete surfaces.


Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining
Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining

Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining
Concrete Cleaning, Polishing and Staining

Next month let’s talk a little more about swimming pools!



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