What Causes Rust Stains on Sidewalks and How to Remove Them

Removing Rust Stains from Sidewalks90% of Americans receive their water from their community systems. Here in New Jersey, there are over 600 community systems that provide residents with their water. While we have some the cleanest and purest water in the country, that doesn’t mean that it’s 100% free of contaminants. 

While these contaminants aren’t harmful, they can create some unwanted side effects. You may find some unsightly rust stains appearing on the concrete. 

What Causes Staining? 

You may not realize it, but your water contains several minerals. You can’t see them in the water, but when the water evaporates, you’re left with them. There could be sodium magnesium, calcium, or iron in your water. 

Don’t worry; it’s normal for these minerals to be in the water. They’re found naturally in the soil and dissolve into the groundwater. They aren’t harmful to you or your family. 

Iron is the culprit when you see rust-colored staining. You’ll see shades of color that range from bright orange to dark brown. 

Another common cause of staining is oil. You park your car in your driveway every day, and sometimes, it drips. Over time this becomes a large dark spot on your concrete. 

Why Clean the Stains?

Most people want to clean the stains for cosmetic issues. We agree that they can be quite unsightly but leaving those stains can cause serious problems beyond ugly looks. 

Over time these mineral deposits can eat away at the materials. Your concrete, stone, and brick will become pitted, fall apart, or slowly break down. This can create a safety hazard. 

The grout and mortar between your bricks are especially vulnerable. It will deteriorate and fall out, which compromises the integrity of the entire structure.

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Clean These Stains 

If you don’t know what you’re doing, your attempts to clean the stains could do more damage than good. You could dislodge your pavers or break up the mortar or grout. You could strip the paint from the surface and create another home repair project. 

If you don’t have the right equipment, you could spend more time than necessary and not see great results. This is why hiring the professionals is key to effectively removing the stains. 

How Professionals Remove the Stains 

A professional pressure washing company has equipment that they can fine-tune to match the surface they’re cleaning. This ensures maximum cleaning with minimal to no damage to the underlying surface. 

We also work with a variety of environmentally friendly cleaning agents that will remove the stain without damaging the surface or the environment. 

Having the right tools means the job is done promptly. 

Remove Your Rust Stains

If you’re noticing that the rust stains are starting to take over your property, then it’s time to call in the professionals. We can help remove those unsightly stains and keep your building and property looking great. 

Contact our team today and let us help you remove the hard water stains from your sidewalk, driveway, and home.