Simple Areas of Polished Concrete Maintenance
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
We offer several commercial and industrial flooring design and sealing services at Summit Coatings, and one such service is polished concrete. A term used to describe concrete that’s been processed through several steps to harden and dust-proof its surface, polished concrete is a valuable material that’s used in several major areas, including both new and retrofit floors.
One of the major benefits of polished concrete compared to many other materials? How little it requires in terms of maintenance and upkeep. All you need to do to avoid surface dulling or concrete wear issues is perform a few very basic tasks – here are some simple areas to prioritize.
Sealing and Burnishing
When you install new concrete floors, you want them to retain their color and resist dulling or other wear concerns. The primary way to accomplish this? By applying a simple sealer and burnishing to the floor. These are affordable, easy-to-apply solutions that our pros are happy to help you with if you need assistance.
These sealers provide a layer of protection for your polished concrete against the rigors of daily foot traffic and other pressure. Combined with the very basic cleaning areas we’ll go over in our subsequent sections, you’ll be left with bright, well-colored floors that retain all their initial qualities.
Once you’ve sealed your polished concrete properly, the only upkeep that’s required from you on anything close to a regular basis is basic sweeping and/or dry mopping. This is just to remove basic dust and other debris that may build up, and should be done roughly daily – perhaps a bit more often for areas that deal with more foot traffic.
When mopping, always use a soft microfiber pad or similar material. This will limit any scratching risks on the surface, plus will remove dust that may wear down your polish shine. Certain small areas of concrete floors may hold dust or dirt even despite regular mopping; in these cases, you might consider a rug or mat to keep them protected.
A bit less often, perhaps once or twice a week, you should also include liquid in your mopping tasks. There’s usually no need to mix in any kind of chemical or cleaning solution – just warm water and the mop will do the trick in most cases unless there’s a very specific stain being cleaned. If this is the case, ensure you’re not using any chemicals that may further stain or etch the surface; our pros are happy to identify any such chemicals for you. Generally speaking, we’ll point you toward cleaners with a neutral pH, as acidic or alkaline materials may dull your concrete’s shine.
For more on how to care for polished concrete, or to learn about any of our waterproofing, epoxy floor coating or other flooring services, speak to the staff at Summit Coatings today.