Basic Cleaning process

Neglect and carelessness cannot only void warranty on your new polished floor but can cause unsightly damage. In saying that, caring for your polished concrete floor doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Using the correct maintenance process and following our tips, your floor will serve you well for a long time.

 

How do I clean my polished concrete floor?

Cleaning polished concrete floors is very easy, we recommend vacuuming or using a microfibre dust mop regularly to reduce scratches in the surface. Wet mop using either a pH-neutral floor cleaner or methylated spirits and hot water.

Only using a pH-neutral cleaning agents is fundamental. DO NOT use any bleach or acidic based cleaners such as vinegar or ammonia when cleaning your floor, these will damage the sealer and etch your floor. Do not use any abrasive cleaning agents or any scourers which will leave scuff marks.

If any acidic or alkaline agents are used, LVCP will not take any responsibility for floor damage.

To bring back the shine of your floor, we recommend using Shiny Wash, which is available from Cleaners World in Traralgon. Other pH-neutral cleaning products are available from hardware and cleaning supply stores.

How should spills and stains be treated? 

If any liquids such as wine, soft drink, coffee or tea are spilt, clean them with warm water as soon as you can.

Reactive stains – Orange and lemon juice, vinegars, acidic food or juice must be cleaned off the floor quickly, as they can etch the floor and cause damage.

Dog and cat urine can also damage the surface of your floor, clean up any accidents as soon as possible and neutralise the area with warm water.

Penetrating stains – Oils and red wine should be cleaned immediately as they can discolour your polished concrete.

What if my concrete floor is damaged due to spills or cleaning agents?

It is repairable, please call to discuss your specific needs.

Frequently asked questions

Is polished concrete expensive?

Unlike timber hardwood floors, tiles and vinyl flooring, polished concrete is at the lower end of price per square meter. Whilst these other floors need ongoing maintenance to keep them looking good, polished concrete, if looked after properly can maintain its original look for many years to come. If your floor is looking a little lacklustre, due to traffic and general wear and tear, having it rebuffed can bring it back to new.

Is polished concrete environmentally friendly?

Few, if any raw materials are consumed in the process of polishing. The only products that are applied to existing concrete floor slabs are water-based hardeners and stain resistant treatments, making the footprint small for used materials. In some environments, polished concrete floors can also decrease your electricity bills by creating up to 30% more light in your home, cutting down the need for artificial lighting.

Is polished concrete a good solution for allergy and asthma sufferers?

Carpets and other floor coverings often generate dust or promote the growth of mould and mildew when they become damp. Polished concrete flooring emits no mould or mildew, is allergy free and harbours no dust mites, making them ideal for people with asthma or allergies.

Can I have polished around my pool?

For an external polished concrete floor finish that can be used around pools, al-fresco, paths and driveways we offer a premium external finish, also known as pavilion finish. This finish is a highly durable, semi smooth surface that is easy to maintain whilst looking great.

How long will polished concrete last?

HiPERFLOOR polished concrete floors  are renowned for their long lifespan. They are hard wearing and will not naturally chip or dent like softer surfaces. With the correct maintenance there is no reason why they should not last a life time.

Can I polish an existing slab?

Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether new or old, can be polished. Existing floors typically require some surface preparation prior to polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings or blemishes. However, floors that are wavy, need extensive patching, or are extremely porous may not be good candidates for polishing. Please contact us to determine your floors suitability.

What if my polished concrete floor has chips in it?

Whilst we can repair chips in your polished concrete, please be aware that it will not look exactly the same as the floor around it. It is very hard to match the colours of most floors, although every effort will be made to do so.

What if my concrete cracks?

Most concrete floors crack, due to ground movement. Whilst most concreters do their best to minimise cracking, this cannot be guaranteed. Hairline cracks are generally not a problem, but if the crack open up, then it is best to have it repaired. It should be noted that as with chips, it is very hard to match the colour of the concrete.

Can you repair our existing polished concrete?

Yes we can, please contact us to discuss your options.

Do I have a choice between colours and aggregates?

Yes, if you are laying a new slab, there are various cement and aggregate colours, types, sizes and minerals to choose for the topping mix. You will need to discuss these options with your concrete supplier.

Is polished concrete slippery?

HiPERFLOOR has a high friction coefficient, enabling it to conform to a variety of slip resistance classifications. Polished concrete is no more slippery than other hard flooring surface when water is added.

Is polished concrete cold in winter?

Due to concretes high thermal mass, it has the ability to absorb and store heat energy, acting as a natural insulator. This means, they stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. New builds can have hydronic heating installed in the concrete slab, allowing you to control the temperature of the floor all year round.

How much dust can I expect during the polishing process?

At LV Concrete Polishing we use high performance dust extraction machines to collect as much dust as possible. Concrete does produce a lot of fine dust when polishing and we cannot catch all of it, so there will some airborne dust but this is minimal.

How do I clean my polished concrete?

Please refer to our cleaning link for how to correctly maintain your polished concrete floor.