How to Remove Soda Stains from Concrete

How to Remove Soda Stains from Concrete

Battling Stubborn Soda Stains: Your Ultimate Guide to Soda Stain Removal

For anyone managing convenience stores or gas stations, you understand the impact of a clean environment on your brand image and customer experience. Among the array of messes, the lingering problem of soda stain removal can often be one of the most stubborn to address. With its sugary composition and sometimes dark color, soda spills can transform from a simple spill to an unattractive, sticky blemish on your establishment's concrete surfaces. Thankfully, with the right tools and techniques, you can ensure those spills don’t diminish your store’s appeal.

Why Soda Spills Are Problematic: Soda contains a combination of sugars, acids, and sometimes coloring. When it spills, the liquid evaporates, but these components remain, creating a sticky residue that attracts dirt and debris. Over time, this can result in a noticeable, and often challenging, stain.

Gearing Up for Soda Stain Removal:

  • What You Will Need:

    • Two 32 oz. spray bottles (clearly labeled: one for OTIS solution and one for WATER)
    • OTIS Super Concentrate
    • Fresh water
    • Push broom or a stiff scrubbing brush


  • Preparation Steps:

    1. In the OTIS-labeled bottle, mix 3 scoops (teaspoons) of OTIS Super Concentrate with 32 oz. of water. Shake well until the concentrate is fully dissolved.
    2. Fill the second bottle, labeled WATER, with 32 oz. of plain water.


The Cleaning Regimen:

  1. Pre-Treat the Stain: On the 'jet stream' setting, generously spray the OTIS solution directly onto the soda stain. This helps in breaking down the sticky residue and lifting the color from the concrete.
  2. Let it Soak: Wait for about 1-2 seconds. This allows the solution to penetrate and start dissolving the components of the stain.
  3. Scrub Away: Use your push broom or scrubbing brush to scrub the treated area vigorously. Ensure you cover the entire stain, paying extra attention to the edges.
  4. Rinse and Repeat: Use the WATER spray bottle to rinse the area. The water helps in washing away the lifted residue. If the stain is still visible, alternate between the OTIS solution and water, scrubbing in between, until the stain is entirely gone.

Keep It Consistent: For best results and to prevent the buildup of stubborn stains, consider adopting a routine cleaning schedule. Regular maintenance not only ensures a clean environment but also enhances the longevity of your concrete surfaces.

Need Expert Advice? Challenges in outdoor cleaning are diverse and can sometimes require specific solutions. If you find yourself struggling with particularly stubborn stains or any outdoor cleaning issues, don't hesitate to reach out to professionals like CAF Outdoor Cleaning. Their expertise can guide you to the most efficient and effective solutions tailored to your needs.

Remember, a clean environment is more than just aesthetics. It contributes to a positive customer experience, upholds your brand reputation, and can even drive sales. So, the next time you spot a soda spill, tackle it head-on with confidence!

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