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What Is Oxidation?

What is oxidation

If you've noticed rust on your outdoor surfaces, you've noticed the process of oxidation. But what's the difference between oxidation and staining? And how do you know if you should invest in a professional oxidation removal?

The pressure washing experts at Slate Roof Cleaners are here to explain what oxidation is and when you should call in a professional removal team to ensure your outdoor surfaces are protected throughout the cleaning process.


If you've noticed rust on your car or threw away an apple that browned, you've already noticed oxidation. Oxidation is, at a basic level, the loss of electrons. Some metals are more prone to oxidation than others. The three most common metals that easily oxidize contain:

  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium

When it comes to your outdoor surfaces, oxidation will likely be noticed as rust. Oxidation is most common for surfaces when metal and water are combined.

Over time, most metals will oxidize when exposed to a mixture of oxygen and atmospheric moisture. The only metals that don't are precious metals including gold, silver, and platinum.

Oxidized Surfaces

If you've noticed oxidation on your outdoor surfaces, it's likely the surface is either made of metal or comes into constant contact with metal. This can be a railing on concrete stairs or even water dripping from a metal roof onto a surface. Oftentimes, oxidation shows up as a reddish brown discoloration. When you've noticed this on your surfaces, it's time to call in a professional oxidation removal contractor.

Oxidation Removal

Over time, oxidation can weaken your metal surfaces. The chemical reaction of oxidation leaves your metals chemically unbalanced and can lead to weak and broken areas.

The best way to get your surfaces clean is to invest in a professional pressure washing company like Slate Roof Cleaners. Removing oxidation can be a dangerous project. Some chemical cleaners combust when put in contact with oxidized metals. Our experts know which cleaners are safe to use in your oxidation removal project without damaging the metal or putting ourselves in danger.

If you've noticed areas of oxidation on your outdoor surfaces, call the oxidation removal experts at Slate Roof Cleaners today and set up an appointment.

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