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How to Remove Cat Paw Prints from Concrete

When you pour a concrete floor, path, or driveway, you must give the concrete surface enough time to dry fully before walking on, or setting items on, the newly poured surface. In some circumstances, it may be impossible to prevent roaming pets, like cats, from walking through the fresh concrete and leaving paw prints behind. You can remove cat paw prints from the concrete surface in the same way that you would remove any other shallow crack or hole.

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  1. Brush each of the paw prints with a wire brush to loosen any small pieces of concrete inside the prints. Then spray the surface of the concrete where the cat paw prints are located with a garden hose to remove the dust and debris from inside the paw prints.

  2. Cut the tip off of a tube of latex cement patching compound. Apply the compound to each of the cat paw prints in the surface of the concrete by squeezing the compound from the tube.

  3. Press the latex cement compound down into the cat paw prints in the concrete with a putty knife and let the compound dry. If the compound sits lower than the surface of the concrete once dry, add up to 1/4-inch more of the latex cement compound to the print.

  4. Continue filling each print until the compound sits level with the surface of the concrete. If you accidentally fill a print so that it sits higher than the surrounding concrete, drag the edge of the putty knife over the surface to skim the extra compound off.

  5. Tip

    Several variations of latex cement patching compound are available. Select one that has concrete listed on the label.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire brush
  • Garden hose
  • Latex cement patching compound
  • Putty knife

About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.

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