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Rust on the crete, Rust on the crete, look'in like a fool wi'da rust on the crete

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by maikhai, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. maikhai

    maikhai Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Sorry , couldn't heip it!! :laughing: I've read quite a few threads about rust stains on concrete. Whether it's fertilizer, hard water from sprinkler water or caused by an 800lb. plow giving off ferrous material that causes stains.

    I believe the last logic. but, no one has been able to explain how to remove the stains to retain the trust of my valued customer.

    I have a 2500lb pressure washer which failed to revome the extensive stains from 16 pads of concrete even after pre- scrubbing with TSP and then doing it all over again using a product called RUST-X which contains sodium hydrocloride and sodium hypocloride as major constituants. What will take the darn rust off, short of raising a toxic or nuclear cloud, or defoliating a 3ft. border on both sides of the drive?:confused:

    I just completed my rookie snow season and will probably not learn at a faster rate than I did this year. I appreciate all you seasoned vetrans, truly, and hope someone might have the wisdom I have yet to aquire.:help:

    Thanks in advance for your reply!
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    In my opinion,don't worry about it.
  3. maikhai

    maikhai Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Concrete rust stains

    With all due respect, that " don't worry about it" attitude could loose a customer that pays fast and has me do other things through the year. Any body else have any ideas?
  4. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    guess maybe it's just happens in other parts of the country,but in 25 years I never had someone say anything about marks on the driveway.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2010
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Never had a complaint about marks either
  7. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 272

    The mother-in-law blamed me for pops in the concrete for "over-salting". She really didnt like me when I told her the cheap concrete sub added to much water to the mix.