"Basic, mechanized and chemical maintenance – all three methods should be applied for the perfect maintenance of your polished concrete floor"
Undeniably, polished concrete is one of the most appealing, long-lasting and economical flooring solutions available out there in the market today. For many years, it has been marketed as a maintenance-free flooring solution, which is not true to a great extent.
The effective maintenance plan is vital for good health and shine of the polished concrete floor. Following some routine maintenance techniques can help you keep your floor clean and glossy at a comparatively lower cost compared to other conventional flooring solutions.
However, polished concrete floors need more than just daily or periodical cleaning as a part of maintenance. It needs a well-scheduled maintenance plan that integrates all 3 methods – basic, mechanized and chemical maintenance.
Basic or routine maintenance may include but not limited to,
- Change and clean the welcome mats of a building at a regular time interval
- Immediate cleaning of spills to prevent the floor from etching and hard staining
- Auto scrub or mop the floor regularly, on a daily basis
- Regular cleaning of the floor surface and applies spot treatment with plain water on area that sees more traffic. When needed, you may also use non-reactive cleaning agents.
The above techniques for basic or routine maintenance are a good kick-start. But your polished concrete floor demands much more. It requires specific tools or machines and some chemicals to maintain its quality, durability and finishing in the same form as it was at the time of installation. If you overlook on this mechanical and chemical methods, there are fair chances of diminishing the quality of your floor with the passage of time.
Mechanical tools like Diamond impregnated pads are widely used to maintain the quality of shine on your polished concrete floor. Typically, these pads are comprised of natural or synthetic hair fibers which are sprayed with diamond powders, epoxy binders and secondary abrasives.
These floor cleaning pads are available in a great variety of sizes and shapes to easily fit in all types of floor buffers, auto scrubbers and burnishers. You can easily shop for these pads by clicking here.
Use of right chemicals is essential to extend the life-cycle of your polished concrete floor by hardening its surface. There are a number of chemical companies that have launched maintenance products like cleaners and conditioners exclusively for polished concrete floors.
Conditioners are comprised of mineral compounds like silicates, potassium and calcium that together come into action along with the chemical elements that already exist in the concrete slabs and increase the abrasion resistance of the floor.
Typically, these conditioners are sold in condensed form and to use them you simply need to dilute them in the water tank of floor buffers. According to a polished concrete management specialist, time interval by using these conditioners often ranges from weekly to monthly, or in some cases quarterly as recommended by the manufacturer.
To conclude, daily housecleaning activities play a crucial role in the maintenance of a polished concrete floor. However, as discussed above, these activities are just a part of the whole equation. To ensure that your floor lasts beyond the warranty period, you need to incorporate some advanced maintenance products.
If your concrete floor is looking dull, or if your floor has so many spills and cracks, you may rejuvenate the floor by hiring concrete polishing service from a good flooring contractor like DMS; it is much cheaper than reinstalling the floor from scratch.
[July 19, 2013]