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post #1 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning painted concrete/cinder-block? Any ideas?

Hey everyone, I work as a kennel technician at a veterinary clinic who does boarding. The kennels are plain concrete flooring, white painted cinder-block half walls, and metal wire on the top half and whole back side.

I'm looking for a few suggestions to clean the painted cinder-block other than repainting it. It's driving me nuts! It's so grimy and gross looking, even when I scrub with the regular kennel cleaner. (bleach, pinesol, oda-ban and water) I've tried bleach water, which got a layer or two off but it still looks gross. I could probably scrub harder and get more off but I'm wondering if there's any trick or home remedy tricks that'd be amazing!

I do a good job keeping it smelling good and everything neat and organized but this is driving me up the wall because it still looks dirty!

Any other tips for cleaning or anything that could help are appreciated of course. I just want to do a good job and keep everything looking nice.

I thought about asking if I could re-paint, but if something else can do the trick that's even better.

Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 07:26 AM
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Could try 30 second outdoor cleaner, It's worked pretty good for me everywhere I've tried it:

30 Seconds 1 gal. Outdoor Cleaner Concentrate-100047549 at The Home Depot
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Lowes has a multi stage kit to do it - intended to prep for painting, but you don't have to paint. My BIL used it a few months ago and it worked well. I don't remember exactly, but I think it was a bit pricey - or seemed so to me...
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I'll look into those. Especially the first one since I don't have many options for pricey items since I'm not paying for it. Home remedies are going to be my best bet, otherwise she's probably going to suggest repainting!
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Power washer?
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I'm sure if that's an option! I could ask though
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Not just a power washer but one that steam cleans. You can hire them and well worth the money.
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