Maintaining Polished Concrete Floor
Polished concrete is often marketed to consumers as a no-maintenance flooring option, and although concrete floor are extremely durable through the densification and polishing process in reality they will eventually lose their beautiful shine if not properly maintained. 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.
One of the most important steps in looking after polished concrete is to clean or wipe up any spills or stains as quickly as possible so they do not absorb or penetrate the surface.
Dust mopping the floor daily with a microfibre pad is recommended to keep dirt particles off the floor, as well as larger pieces of debris which could be stepped on or kicked and broken down, which will then act as an abrasive and can ruin the clarity and shine of your concrete floor.
When necessary or as recommended by experts once a week after dry mopping floors should be wet mopped. This will remove any remaining dirt particles from your floor. Using a clean mop with a solution of clean warm water and polished floor cleaner or a mild detergent is key. Only use a neutral pH cleaner while mopping. Never use ammonia, bleach, vinegar, citrus or other cleaners that are alkaline or acidic.
Once the floor cleaner has had a sufficient amount of time to work, you will then need to remove cleaner with a fully wet mop. If the mop and water has become dirty before you have finished you will need to change it. You can’t expect to have clean floor if you wash it with dirty water.
It is necessary to do a final damp mop with fresh clean water to remove any residue left on the floor from the cleaning solution. These steps can be accomplished by cleaning small areas and making sure the entire process is complete before moving to the next area.
Use an automatic floor scrubber (also known as an auto scrubber) equipped with a soft non-abrasive pad to clean large footage areas. Pads that are too hard can cause etching and scratching damaging the finish of you polished concrete. Make sure the wheels on the equipment are made of rubber or other materials that prevent scratching.