Concrete slab flooring is easy to care for and customizable with different finishes and treatments. Concrete can be polished down to expose and show off its natural aggregate (rock) patterns and bright colors, while finishing a floor with a matte or gloss coat can amplify concrete’s natural earth tones. Polishing an already existing floor is a simple and beautiful choice to update and brighten a room. Polished concrete floors are efficient, practical, and gorgeous in both residential and commercial spaces.
Polished Concrete Care Instructions
How do I keep my floor clean?
Cleaning your polished concrete floor is simple. Day-to-day maintenance should include dry dust mopping and spot cleaning where necessary. A semi-regular light cleaning with a a polished concrete cleaner and scrubber will keep the surface of your floor looking freshly polished.
We recommend burnishing your floor occasionally – about once a month for high traffic areas and around every 2-3 months for medium traffic areas. Start with your day-to-day care routine and then burnish the floor using a minimum 1800 rpm high speed burnisher. Once every year or two (depending on traffic) re-applying a protective sealant and polishing your floor to keep it protected and bright.
Please note that deep cleaning or mopping too frequently or with too much detergent may cause built up residue and dull the appearance of your floor. Mopping with just hot water and a hard foam mop will normally strip any build up.
If water, oil, or other substances are spilled on my floor will it stain?
Sealants help protect your floors from rapid absorption of spilled liquids, but remember that any liquid – especially those most commonly spilled in homes like wine, oils, vinegar, coffee, and ice cream – should we wiped and cleaned quickly from concrete surfaces before it penetrates the material and becomes much more difficult to clean.
How do I maintain my floor over time?
To keep your floor as beautiful as when it was first installed, we recommend the following:
Place a doormat inside the entry of your space to help keep debris, dust, and water from tracking on to your floor
Sweep and/or vacuum regularly
Clean up wet spills right away - concrete is porous and dampness or liquid will absorb and degrade the flooring
Use protective felt tips under furniture, especially furniture that moves often, like dining room chairs or kitchen stools
If you are moving heavy furniture, we recommended you place a wool cloth under the feet or base to avoid scratching lines into the surface.
Before any involved projects like electrical jobs, plumbing, painting, or moving and handling furniture, protect your floor with cardboard, wool blankets, and nylon sheets.
Use only NON-AGGRESSIVE, neutral pH detergents when deep cleaning your floor. Soap-based cleaners or cleaners that contain acids (eg: citrus) will leave a residue and/or degrade the finish of your floor both dulling the shine of the polish and making it increasingly slippery.
For Polished floors in particular we recommend the following cleaning materials. Daily Care: Polished Concrete Cleaner concentrate, Sapphire pads, auto scrubber. Monthly Care: Trifecta Pad, High Speed Burnisher. Annual Care: SFS Protect SELECT topoical guard, 3000 grit diamond impregnated pad (for burnishing).
Remember, concrete floors are very durable but they are not indestructible. If your floor does get damaged please contact us to consult how best to repair the surface.