In addition to providing commercial and industrial establishments with a durable, professional and aesthetically pleasing flooring option, polished concrete floors have the reputation for being low cost and low maintenance. Low maintenance, however, does not mean that zero maintenance is required. Dirt, sand, and other fine particles are abrasive and can dull the flooring’s signature shine if not regularly removed from the floors. Maintaining polished concrete floors requires regular cleaning, use of the right chemicals, and application specific equipment in order to maintain its pristine finish.
Caring For Your Polished Floors:
- Dust mop floors daily. This will help limit the amount of fine debris on the floor. Dirt and other particles can act like sand paper, dulling the finish if not removed from your floors.
- Scrub the floors regularly. Using clean water to scrub floors is important for polished concrete floors because the dirt and fine debris that can get trapped on a mop head and in the water can be damaging to the floor’s signature shine. This is why a floor scrubber is really ideal for maintaining polished concrete floors. Unlike a traditional mop, a concrete floor scrubber machine has a solution tank for clean water and a recovery tank for dirty water ensuring that the two solutions never mix. With a floor scrubber, clean water is always used throughout the entire scrubbing process.
- Remove any spills from the floors as soon as they occur. Concrete is a porous material. Therefore, spills should be cleaned before they have the chance to absorb into the flooring. This is especially true for acidic solutions such as soft drinks, milk, or vinegar that can frequently end up on the floors of grocery stores or restaurants with polished concrete floors. Acidic solutions can be very damaging to polished concrete.
- Use a neutral pH floor cleaner. A neutral pH floor cleaner is recommended for polished concrete. As with any chemical, always follow the dilution ratios on any cleaner you choose. Too much detergent could leave visible residue on your floors. Pre-measured packets of neutral pH floor cleaner can help remove the guesswork and streamline chemical use. Acid or alkaline detergents should not be used on polished concrete as they can attack the concrete.
- Choose a soft pad for routine maintenance. When selecting the proper floor pad, a soft pad will be gentle yet also effective for routine cleaning. A more aggressive pad can scratch the finish.
- Consider a diamond impregnated pad. Diamond impregnated pads are an excellent, and now affordable, tool to routinely buff your floor back to its optimal polish. Even with daily dust mopping and scrubbing, scratches will eventually appear and can be removed with these innovative diamond floor polishing pads. This application specific tool can be used monthly or as often as needed depending on wear or damage.
- Know what your concrete floor does not need. Polished concrete floors do not require expensive waxing or coatings.
The floor cleaning equipment experts at Factory Cleaning Equipment, Inc. can help you determine which chemicals, pads, and equipment will work best for your polished concrete needs. Rental polished concrete cleaning equipment is available for periodic maintenance. There are many advantages of choosing polished concrete flooring, and if properly cared for, these floors will continue to look great for many years.