How Do You Get Rid of Salt Pit Damage on Concrete?

During winter, road salts from your tires, footwear, and other materials fall onto your concrete flooring. While this salt encourages safer driving and helps keep roads clear, it causes severe damage to your floors over time.

The team at Armor Coating Co. is here to help you remove this excess salt before it causes problems and offers insight into preventing salt pitting. Reach out to our experts for salt pit removal and rest easy knowing your floors will receive the care they need.

What Is Salt Pitting?

Salt that sits on your concrete surfaces for an extended time can lead to corrosion. The salt eats away at the concrete, eventually forming small cavities or pits on the surface. These pits hold water or deposits and can cause damage to your flooring.

Salt pitting affects some areas of your home more than others due to higher levels of melted snow or water access. Some of those areas include the following:

  • Basements
  • Windows
  • Doorways
  • Driveways

These areas require special care and attention to mitigate damage to your home. You can prevent corrosion and pitting from ruining your exterior with proper care.

How to Prevent Salt Corrosion and Pitting

Salt pitting affects some concrete more than others. The ratios of cement to aggregate help determine whether your concrete will receive damage. A higher percentage of concrete can help you prevent this problem.

Not every homeowner can pour new concrete. In this case, adding protective coatings on the surface can help you prevent the issue. You can add a concrete densifier sealant to protect your concrete further.

Immediately removing salt remnants is your best bet for preventing corrosion and pitting. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Spray the affected areas using warm water and vinegar/dish soap solution.
  2. Scrub the area with a deck brush until you’ve removed the salt.
  3. Use a wet shop vac or mop to remove as much water as possible.
  4. Rinse the area with clean water.
  5. Soak up the water with a towel to prevent freezing over the surface.
  6. Repeat these steps as necessary until the area is free of salt.

Keeping an eye on the problem areas and maintaining a salt-free environment can help combat salt pitting.

Salt Pit Removal in Duluth

If the pitting has already occurred, you’ll need professional assistance to remove the damage. Our team can handle your salt pit removal with extreme care and precision, leaving you with an unmarked surface.

Our team of experts follows the steps below for your salt pit removal in Duluth:

  1. The experts will inspect your surface area thoroughly to locate and assess the damaged areas.
  2. They’ll clean the area with power washers to remove all traces of salt, debris, and chemicals.
  3. Our professionals will sand the pitting through dry sanding and wet sanding to even the surface. To finish, they will move to a finer grit and smooth the area.

These steps will leave your property looking better and eliminate the pitting issues. With the proper prevention, you can stop pitting before it happens again.

Remove Pitting from Aluminum

Concrete is not the only material affected by salt. Your aluminum surface will begin degrading when exposed to salt water or road salts. Our team can help you remove pitting from aluminum and stop the damage before it spreads.

Aluminum does not rust because of its lack of iron. However, salt and water slowly erode its surface over time, weakening it and affecting its appearance. Boats are extremely susceptible to saltwater damage. We can remove pitting from aluminum boats using specialized techniques and materials so your property continues to look its best.

Benefits of Salt Pit Removal

There are several reasons you must eliminate your salt pitting. If you allow it to remain, the pits will grow larger and cause further damage to your surfaces. The extensive damage costs more to remove and may become unfixable if left too long.

Some of the benefits of professional salt corrosion removal are:

  • Improves your property’s appearance, curb appeal, and value
  • Reduces potential flooding, as the salt pits create excess water buildup in your home
  • Ensures your home is free of chemicals and mineral buildup

Protect your assets and your property through consistent maintenance and preventative measures.

Contact Armor Coating Co.

Our team has you covered if you need professional salt pit removal in your home or building, and we offer a 15-year warranty to ensure satisfaction. Contact the team at Armor Coating Co. by calling (715) 934-9037 and requesting an estimate in Duluth, MN, today.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Long Will The Concrete Coating Last?

We use the highest quality materials in our polyaspartic floor coatings and we’ve perfected our application process to make the concrete coating permanent.  Once completely cured and adhered, the concrete coating is meant to last as long as the substrate it’s adhered to.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Over Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings dry more quickly than Epoxy Floor Coatings, and the finish is also more durable.  Our floor concrete coating finishes are also more slip-resistant and will not discolor like some Epoxy Floor Coatings.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

Our flooring cures within a few hours, however our team of professionals recommends waiting at least 4-6 hours before walking on your brand new concrete coated flooring. After 12 hours, you can begin moving lightweight objects onto the flooring, like light patio furniture.  We recommend waiting a full 24 hours before moving anything heavy back into the area where we’ve applied the coating (your car, heavy equipment or furniture etc.).

Will My New Concrete Floor Coating Turn Yellow?

It sure won’t! Our concrete floor coverings will not yellow or discolor, because they are UV stable. This  one of the many benefits of using Polyurea or Polyaspartic floor coatings.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

How Long Does It Take You To Apply Concrete Floor Coatings?

We’ve perfected our 6-step application process, so most typical projects take between 5-10 hours depending on the square footage.  We pride ourselves in a one-day application, and will do everything possible to stay within that time frame.  Rainy weather can delay the project, but it is rare.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming, and hoses.  We offer maintenance services should your concrete flooring ever need cleaning, however you can also use non-abrasive cleaners, like CLR, to remove grease or other stains. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Armor coatings are oil resistant as well as moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyaspartic Coatings?

Bayer Material Science first developed Polyaspartic coatings in the 1990’s to protect steel bridges and infrastructure from rusting and corrosion. It has since been modified for different applications, once being durable concrete flooring coatings.

What Are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?

Polyaspartic Concrete coating is another name for Aliphatic Polyurea, which is a hybrid material consisting of ester and other materials. It was originally developed to coat metal bridges.  It was later used to coat concrete flooring due to its durability and moisture resistance. Polyurea is also used to coat truck bed liners.

Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used Outside?

They sure can!  We offer wonderful solutions for driveways, patios, and even the area around the pool.  Our coatings are all UV stable, which will help prevent discoloration or flaking.

What Types Of Environments Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used?

Polyaspartic flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Polyaspartic Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, basecoating, applying chips, scraping the chips, and applying the clear UV protective clear coat. 

Can I Apply Polyaspartic Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are safe to apply in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees.

How Long Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Take To Dry?

Our Polyaspartic Floor Coatings are engineered to rapidly cure, and can be dry in a matter of a few hours!  However, we recommend waiting at least 5-6 hours before walking on newly applied coating and 24 hours before moving heavy objects back onto the flooring.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

Installing Polyaspartic Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! Our team at Armor Coatings is certified in Polyaspartic Floor Coating installation and have many years of experience.

Is It Possible To Cover Existing Epoxy Floor Coating With Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

It is!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are specially formulated for their incredible adhesion properties.  If you have existing patches of epoxy coating, our team can sand it down, vacuum, and wipe down the area with a solvent.  Once prepped, we will apply your new, superior, Polyaspartic Floor Coating