Can You Remove Oil from Concrete? Yes!

Have you seen concrete parking lots ridden with oil stains from cars and other vehicles? While some businesses write off this issue, many others are looking for a solution to this issue. When oil is stained into concrete, it can produce an undesirable appearance. Fortunately, there are a few common solutions to remedy this issue.

Chemical Methods

Sometimes all it takes to remove an oil stain is a strong detergent, scrub brush and a sponge. However, this method typically only works for smaller and newer oil stains. For larger and older stains, use a concrete cleaner or degreaser. These products are concentrated alkaline soap used to scrub out oil from a concrete surface, and loosen up the oil stain to allow for a simple removal process.

Commercial concrete cleaners have one downside. They have a harder time working properly for heavily contaminated stains. If your oil and grease stains are years upon years old, another method will work more effectively for your purposes.

Poultice Method

Poultice is a solution made by saturating an absorptive material with a strong solvent. Common options for absorptive materials include:

  • Kitty Litter
  • Sawdust
  • Pool filters

Once your material is chosen, combine with one of the following solvent options:

  • Acetone
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Xylene

After combining, smear the result over your oil or grease stain. Next, cover the poultice and stain with plastic, and watch it do its trick! The process of osmosis will take over, break down the oil stain and the kitty litter or saw dust will absorb the oil. While effective, the only downside to this method is the cost and time it takes. If you’re patient and have a budget, this option will work well for you.

Alternative Methods

Another option is actually a recent stain removal advancement; special single-celled microorganisms that survive on crude oil are actually used to remove a stain from concrete. The microorganisms eat up the oil, digest it and turn it into CO2. When the oil is no longer available, the organisms die and the concrete is completely clean!

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If you have other questions about concrete or are ready to add a parking lot to your business, contact Creative Concrete Solutions today. We’re ready to help your Murfreesboro, TN business look fantastic with a beautiful concrete parking lot.

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Your Outdoors Concrete Projects!

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Wait a second. It’s cold outside. Why should we think of outdoor concrete projects now? Isn’t it better to do those projects in the warmer weather?

You are correct. However, the planning must come first. If you start thinking about what you want outside when the weather starts to get warmer, you’re behind! There is a lot of thinking, planning and preparation that goes into an outdoor concrete pool deck, driveway or even outdoor kitchen.

Start Thinking Now

While the weather is cold, start thinking about what you might possibly want for your outdoor project. You have so many options to choose from, including:

  • Concrete Pool Decks
  • Concrete Driveways
  • Concrete Outdoor Kitchens
  • Concrete Patios
  • Concrete Garden Paths
  • Concrete Home Sidewalks
  • Concrete Outdoor Patios

The list goes on and on! When you start thinking about your project ahead of time, you’ll have the opportunity to gather ideas, decide upon a project, and start the next phase: planning.

Plan Properly

Once you’ve decided on a project, it’s time to begin planning. You need to complete your research and find the best Murfreesboro concrete contractor. But then again, you’re already on the Creative Concrete Solutions website, so you’re all set!

In addition to finding a contractor, you need to pick a time frame for the project to be completed. Try to find a time that’s warmer in the year so that your chosen concrete contractor will be able to easily and effectively work. Also, pick a time that’s convenient for you and your family.

Get Started

Once everything is in place, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and wait until your project date is here. Then, once your project is completed, you can finally enjoy your new driveway, patio or whatever concrete project you had installed!

If you need help deciding on a project, planning for your concrete project, or have questions about concrete, call Creative Concrete Solutions today. 

Concrete Sidewalk Art – Check Out These Fascinating Works of Art!

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We all know that when concrete is poured into a variety of molds and positions, it can create jaw-dropping sculptures and masterpieces. But what about drawing on concrete? A new trend in the art world is to create marvelous masterpieces upon sidewalks across major cities.

Many of these pieces of art use their two-dimensional properties to transform their visualizations into jaw dropping, seemingly three-dimensional features.

Check it out!

Aren’t these amazing!

You could have an amazing concrete work of art in your home when you choose Creative Concrete Solutions. We offer Murfreesboro, TN homes with a variety of beautiful concrete floors, patios, countertops and more. Call us today to find out how we can install a magnificent work of concrete art in your home.

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3 Delicious Foods To Make Around a Fire Pit

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Once your friends and family are gathered around your brand new, beautiful concrete fire pit, you need to supply the snacks and entertainment! Aside from roasting marshmallows over the glow of the fire, there are so many recipes you can cook for your friends and family over your fire pit.

S’mores

Chocolate + Graham Crackers + Marshmallows = AMAZING. This classic snack has been passed down from generation to generation, each with their own personal variations. Check out some of these awesome s’mores adaptations and recipes:

Hot Dogs

Looking for a great dinner option for your friends and family? How about hotdogs? Just like a marshmallow, stick a hotdog on the end of a stick and get roasting!

Quick tip: keep the hotdog buns warm by resting them near the fire to get golden brown. Make sure that the stone or rock you rest the hotdog buns is clear of dirt or leaves before you do so. Of course, you can always use a plate or paper towel to keep your hotdog buns clear of dirt and smoke from the fire.

Baked Potatoes

To make baked potatoes over your fire pit, follow these steps:

1.     Wash your potatoes and poke holes in each potato.

2.     Spread butter and salt on the skin of the potatoes.

3.     Wrap your potatoes in tin foil and let them sit in hot coals for approximately 25-35 minutes. Another option is to position a wire rack above the flames and rest your baked potatoes there.

4.     Carefully, and safely, take the potatoes out after the allotted baking time. Unwrap and enjoy!

Use these delicious fire pit recipes the next you have family and friends over to hang out around the fire pit. Don’t have a fire pit? Call Creative Concrete Solutions today to get started. 615.289.8823.

Should You Use Concrete or Natural Stone For Your Patio?

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Homeowners looking to add a patio to their Middle Tennessee backyard have a variety of options to choose from. The two most common patio options, however, are concrete and natural stone. 

But, did you know that concrete can easily mimic natural stone? It’s true. With concrete you can have that gorgeous natural stone look complete with simple maintenance and a cost-effective, quick installation process. 

Simple Installation

In order to create a natural stone patio, you will have to hire a company that specializes in the intricate laying of stone, which can take hours upon hours, sometimes even days. Each piece of natural stone must be placed individually into their specific position in order to achieve the desired patio look. With concrete, it takes one step to pour the concrete and then it is stamped or scored with your chosen stone-like pattern. This simple, cost-effective process can provide your Murfreesboro, TN home with the natural stone appearance you’ve been longing for.

Easy Maintenance

One of the main problems with natural stone is the need for constant maintenance. Due to the space in between each stone, weeds can easily grow in between, stones can become loose and cracked, and your patio can easily become disheveled. Because of the seamless nature of concrete, you won’t have to worry about weeds or cracks in between stones.

Variety of Options

One of the many benefits of concrete is the ability to use a wide variety of colors, stamps, patterns and styles to recreate the natural stone appearance. In addition, you can customize your concrete patio appearance to be exactly what you have been looking for. For instance, slate and flagstone are popular concrete patio choices. However, you can have looks ranging from cobblestone to your own unique style! The possibilities are endless with concrete. Natural stone has one appearance and one appearance only, resulting in limited options for Middle Tennessee homeowners.

Install your concrete patio today with help from the professional team at Creative Concrete Solutions. Give us a call today at 615-289-8823.  

Try These Summer Concrete Projects

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Are you looking to take on an exciting and creative project this summer? Due to the versatility of concrete, you can create numerous functional and decorative items for your yard, home, and patio. If you’ve got some time this summer, try one of these engaging projects.

Concrete Planters

Instead of purchasing planters for your in-home or outdoor garden, make them out of concrete. Not only will they last much longer than the clay planters, you’ll have the ability to form the concrete planter into any design or object you desire. Concrete allows avid gardeners to add a whole new dimension to their outdoor masterpiece. Try making your own concrete planters this summer.

Concrete Fire Pit

As we’ve mentioned before, what better way to spend the weekend than around a fire with family and friends? Fire pits are one of the simplest ways to bring people together and enjoy the great outdoors. Although it is possible to create fire pits on your own during the summer, it may take a while. Instead, trust your local concrete professionals. In addition to having the job done on time and quick, they’ll create the fire pit you’ve been dreaming of.

Concrete Stepping-Stones

Add a bit of flair to your backyard with stepping-stones. Not only can concrete stepping-stones outlast the harsh summer heat and torrential downpours, they also allow homeowners to shape or design them to match their personal style. From functionality to aesthetics, concrete stepping-stones are an easy summer project to take on.

Have you started any summer projects? Add to your list with these easy concrete projects.

Looking to add a larger concrete project to your Murfreesboro, TN home, such as a

  • Driveway
  • Patio
  • Garage Floor
  • Countertops
  • And more?

Choose Creative Concrete Solutions to complete your home or business concrete project. Call us today at 615-289-8823 to get started.

Should You Install a Fire Pit or a Fireplace?

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When looking to revamp the appeal of your backyard, adding a concrete feature will not only increase the value of your property but also the functionality. Two of the popular backyard options include a fire pit or a fireplace. Each of these options will warm up your property and provide you with a beautiful yard. Although both produce heat, each option has it’s advantages and disadvantages depending on the particular situation. So, which option is best for your Middle Tennessee home? You need to ask yourself the following questions.

How Many People Will Be Using It?

The number of people using your concrete feature will have a large significance in the type of structure you choose. For instance, a fireplace provides a very intimate and close experience, while a fire pit can accommodate a large audience. Prior to purchasing your concrete fire pit or fireplace, keep in mind the approximate number of family members and friends using the feature.

Consider the View

Depending on where you live in the Middle Tennessee area, your home may boast a magnificent view. If you want to keep your view and enjoy a fire, a concrete fire pit is the way to go. A fireplace will completely block the view due to the sheer height and mass of the object.

What Ambiance Do You Want To Evoke?

Do you want your backyard concrete addition to provide a fun environment or a cozy, relaxing ambiance? Your decision will affect whether you purchase a fire pit or a fireplace. Fire pits tend to draw large groups of friends, while fireplaces are best when used by only a handful of people.

Once you take all three of these questions into consideration, you can make your final decision. Which concrete feature do you plan to install in your Murfreesboro, TN backyard? A fireplace or a fire pit? Whichever you choose, be sure to call the concrete professionals at Creative Concrete Solutions. With our expertise and experience in the concrete industry, we’re Murfreesboro’s top concrete company. Call us today to learn more about our concrete fire pits and concrete fireplaces.

3 Ways To Make Your Pool Unique

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As a homeowner, a pool is a large investment. Whether in ground or above ground, a pool provides family and friends with a common area to relax, hang out and have fun during the warmer months. Instead of settling for a standard pool design and layout, use these three simple tips to take your pool to the next level.

Add Strategic and Beautiful Lighting

From beautiful tiki torches lining your pool deck to color changing lights in your pool, strategic lighting can improve the functionality and aesthetics of your pool. Did you know that certain types of lighting can actually make your pool appear bigger than it truly is? If you’d like your pool to stand out, place your lighting strategically around the pool. There are so many lighting choices to choose from, including:

  • Tiki Torches
  • Flood Lights
  • Pool Lights
  • Lamps and Lanterns
  • Hanging Lights
  • And more

In addition, with outdoor lighting, you can spend the summer nights hanging out with friends until late at night!

Install a Concrete Bar

Let’s be honest – pools are more fun when there is a bar involved. Because of the nature of concrete, it can be shaped into anything. When designing the layout and style of your pool, consider adding a ‘pool side bar’ to your in ground pool. Your family and guests will be able to relax in your pool and swim up to the bar to make or receive their favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails.

Create Your Own Pool Design

Too often, pools are built to a standard oval shape. How boring is that? Spice up your backyard with a unique pool design. Because concrete can be formed to any shape design, you can have whatever pool design your heart desires. Whether you want a wavy design or something completely out-of-the-box, it is possible. Remember to consider having a concrete pool deck as well!

Install Your Concrete Pool Deck today

Are you ready to add to or build your pool in Murfreesboro, TN? Contact Creative Concrete Solutions today to get started on your pool deck or concrete pool design!

3 Unique Outdoor Concrete Ideas

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Did you know that concrete can be used for more than just pool decks, garage floors, and countertops? Concrete is a versatile material that can also be used for a variety of outdoor projects. If you’re looking to spice up the look of your backyard in a creative way, adding a concrete structure or fixture can help! Take a look at these three unique projects for your yard.

Fire Pit

Who doesn’t love hanging out with friends around the fire during summer nights? Instead of purchasing a fire pit from the store and having to replace it in a few short years, invest in a concrete fire pit to be installed in your backyard. A fire pit made out of concrete is a simple but elegant addition to your home. From bonding with family and friends over s’mores to increasing the value of your Middle Tennessee, an eloquent and sturdy concrete fire pit is a great way to spice up the look of your backyard.

Garden Walls

If you have an issue with your plant and flowerbeds running over or shifting across the ground, adding a concrete retaining wall around your garden bed will solve the problem! With the multiple design options from concrete, you can customize your garden wall to be as large or as small as you like, and can even choose the visual design. In addition, stone raised beds are quite trendy!

Walkways

If you own a pool that is not connected to your home via a pool deck, patio, or other method, you know just how much of a hassle it is to get out of the pool, walk through the grass and into the home. It creates quite a mess! To thwart this situation, consider adding a gorgeous concrete walkway or path from your pool to your garage, patio, driveway, or other home entrance. Not only does this concrete project provide your family and friends with ease of access to your pool, it also reduces the possibility of grass being dragged into your home!

Ready to install one of these concrete projects in your home? Call the professionals at Creative Concrete Solutions today. We can’t wait to help you spice up the look and feel of your backyard with concrete.

4 Fun Concrete Projects to Try at Home

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Although we specialize in providing Middle Tennessee homes with only the best concrete pool decks, patios, driveways and more, we wanted to show you some exciting projects you can also complete with concrete. From art projects with the family to functional accessories for your home, concrete can be used for almost anything!

Concrete Hand Prints

Are you looking for a way to preserve a memory to reminisce over in the future? Place your hand print in wet cement. When the cement hardens, you’ll be left with a lifelong treasure of the past. Get creative and write a message, include the date, or draw a memorable picture.


 Concrete Ring Bowl

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Are you constantly losing your rings, necklaces and other jewelry? Create a ring bowl and place your jewelry there each and every day. You’ll never lose your jewelry again! All you have to do is pour some concrete in the bottom of the bowl and paint it after.

 

 Concrete Alphabet

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All you need to make these nifty letters is an alphabet ice cube try and some concrete mix. It’s as easy as that. Use them for an event, around the home, or even as a gift.

 

 

 

Concrete Coasters

This concrete project provides not only functionality around your home, but also a simple elegance. Whether you opt for pure concrete, or add your own personal style and flair to the coasters, they’re sure to be the highlight of any party or event you use them with.

For more DIY concrete projects, check out this complete list.

Ready to install a concrete patio, pool deck, counters and more in your Middle Tennessee home? Call the professionals at Creative Concrete Solutions to get started.