Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether new or old, can be polished. However, there are prior exceptions.
For new floors, no special mix design is required to achieve great results, however, the floor should be in place at least 28 days before polishing begins, ensuring adequate curing. Some retail and warehouse facilities that plan to polish their floors after placement may specify the installation of as smooth a floor as possible, to minimize the polishing steps required.
Existing floors typically require some surface preparation before polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings, or blemishes. However, wavy floors needing extensive patching, or floors that are extremely porous, may not be suitable candidates for polishing.
An experienced contractor can usually determine a floor's suitability. Although polished concrete floors are extremely durable through the densification and polishing process, they will eventually lose their beautiful shine if not properly maintained, especially if they are located in high-traffic commercial or retail facilities.
Thankfully, while polished concrete floors are not maintenance free, they generally are easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors since they require no waxing or sealers. Routine maintenance for polished floors consists of daily dust mopping to remove dirt and grime.
The exact maintenance regimen needed and the frequency of cleaning is dictated by the amount of traffic the floors receive. High-traffic areas will require more frequent cleaning.
· Dust-mop the floor daily with a microfiber pad to keep dirt particles off the floor. Soils act as an abrasive, and can ruin the clarity and shine of polished concrete.
· When mopping the floor, always use clean water and clean mops.
· When wet mopping, use a neutral floor cleaner formulated to suspend the dirt particles, so they can be easily removed. Using water only leaves much of the dirt on the floor, where it will eventually abrade and discolor the surface.
· Try to clean spills and stains from the floor as quickly as possible, so they don't absorb into the surface.
· Make sure the cleaning solution does not dry on the surface. This can be accomplished by cleaning small areas and ensuring the entire process is complete, before moving to other areas.
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Stewart’s Concrete Polishing serves the Tri-State area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. For more information, call (856) 297-3809, visit www.StewartsConcretePolishing.com, or find them on Facebook. This business is licensed and insured. License #13VH10428500.