Polished concrete floors are relatively low maintenance and durable, which is why you have them installed in your home. However, to keep them in optimal condition and looking brand new, you need to commit to regular cleaning and the occasional maintenance job. Here are a few guidelines for keeping your floors in top shape for years to come.
Cleaning Methods & Products
Floors should be swept often using a soft broom, and dust and dirt should be removed using a dry dusting method and a non-abrasive microfibre mop. The frequency of cleaning should be based on foot traffic levels.
Don’t use any water to clean up messes within the first three days of installing your polished concrete floors as the sealant needs sufficient time to cure properly. After that, you can use a damp mop and clean water when needed. If cleaners are required, make sure they’re PH-neutral and use ones that can remove residue while applying a dirt-resistant film. Check to ensure that the products used don’t contain any acids as it can cause dulling, damage to gloss finishes and etching.
Products such as pine cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners, bleaches, citrus-based products and vinegar are not PH-neutral and should be avoided as they’re likely to have damaging effects on polished concrete surfaces. Avoid abrasive degreasers as they can dull, discolour and damage the surface.
Polishing, Shining And Buffing
You should never, ever wax your polished concrete floors. Applying wax is likely to void your warranty if you have one as it will build up and cause irreversible dulling and damage to your floor.
To keep your floor shiny, you can use commercial concrete floor polishing compounds, but make sure to consult a polished concrete floor expert before applying any unknown products. You should also check with them about re-polishing your floor as they will be able to advise you on whether a fine-grit abrasive is applicable to the type of finish you have on your polished concrete floor.
Once you have a product you can use, you can apply it and buff your floors to shine. If automatic cleaning or buffing equipment is needed, use the services of a qualified concrete floor polishing service provider. They’re knowledgeable about factors like which types of pads to use and other relevant information.
On top of your regular polishing, get professional polishing and maintenance done at least every two years.
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