So you have a new concrete slab, steps or patio...
Now what?
Here are some easy steps to keep your new concrete looking new:

1) Avoid using deicers the first year

Concrete takes a while to reach its full strength. While some deicers, such as salt, do not chemically react with the concrete, they increase the number of freeze/thaw cycles the concrete must go through. This has the potential of damaging the concrete until it has reached its maximum strength.

2) Do not use deicers with ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate

NEVER use deicers containg ammonium sulphate or ammonium nitrate. These chemicals are often packaged and sold as deicers, but they will rapidly disintegrate cocrete. Common garden fertilizers containing these two chemicals, or urea, may cause disintegration as well.

Note: After the first winter, deicing chemicals sodium chloride or calcium chloride may be used sparingly. Washing off road salt that drips from vehicles is also recommended. Also be cautious of products that claim to “be safe for use on concrete.”

Per: www.vandervaartinc.com/hd_purchase_care.htm

Heimann Concrete Upkeep