How to Properly Care for Polished Concrete

A polished concrete floor is a beautiful and durable choice of flooring. It’s also practical since it doesn’t need too much maintenance, unlike other forms of concrete. However, it needs to be properly taken care of in order to keep its glossy look. This type of flooring is a popular choice in commercial buildings due to its low-maintenance properties and its versatility when it comes to designs and patterns.

The focus of maintaining polished concrete revolves around keeping the surface from being abraded and scratched by dirt, grime, and other particles that can damage the surface of the polish. The key to this is daily dust mopping using a soft microfiber pad to take off the soil particles and dirt accumulated throughout the day.

A weekly mopping using clean water and mops is also recommended, especially when there is a lot of food traffic. When cleaning using this method, a pH-neutral cleaner works best. An acid or alkaline solution will react to the polish and may dull the appearance of the floor. Wet mopping using a solution that allows dirt to be suspended will be the best option for polished concrete, since using pure water will leave too much dirt behind. When using a cleaning solution, time should be given for it to work on the contaminants before wiping it off, but not too much time that the solution will dry out on the floor. The application of an anti-slip conditioner may be added during routine cleaning, which would be beneficial for safety purposes, especially in commercial areas with high foot traffic.

Daily accidents, like spills, should be cleaned up as soon as possible to avoid absorption, which discolors and dulls the shine of the concrete. If major damage occurs and repair to polished concrete is required, Concrete Coatings Unlimited restores old and damaged concrete, and we can add a clean polished finish.