How to Sweep Concrete

Doug Enright 

Depending on the type of concrete you’re sweeping, it’s actually easier said than done. Concrete isn’t as easy to clean as many believe it is. Sometimes when sweeping concrete, you need more than just a broom and dust pan. If you need to sweep concrete, we have some tips and tricks for you to make it easier than ever before.

Sweeping Concrete

In order to sweep concrete, you’ll need a combination of the following:

  • Broom
  • Dry mop
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner

Yes, a vacuum cleaner may be necessary. We’ll explain that in further detail later. For now, what you use with be based on what type of concrete floor you’re sweeping. If you have a finished floor, it’ll be smooth which makes using a broom and dustpan easier; if you have an unfinished floor, you may need to use any of the four tools to get the job done. Since the unfinished floor will have grooves, divets and other imperfections, straight sweeping may not be able to get everything built up on the concrete.

That’s where a dry mop can come in handy. A dry mop is more flexible and can often get into those hard to reach places. If you’re still having issues getting dirt and debris up, then that’s when you bring in the big gun: The vacuum cleaner.

Using a vacuum cleaner to clean concrete floors can be a great way to get dirt and debris up on unfinished floors. They can be used in many cases on finished floors, but you should sweep those with a broom, dry mop and dustpan for the best results.

If you’re finding it hard to get dirt and debris swept up off your concrete floors, you may consider power washing them. Consult with a concrete professional to ensure your floors can be power washed and the best method for going about it.

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