CLEANING POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
Although polished concrete floors are extremely durable, they still need to be cleaned and maintained properly. Cleaning polished concrete is a must. This is especially true if they are in high-traffic commercial or retail facilities. Although polished concrete floors are maintenance-free, they are generally easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors because they do not require waxing or sealing.
How to Clean Polished Concrete Floors
Routine maintenance of polished floors involves cleaning dust daily to remove the buildup of dirt and grime that can abrade the surface of polished concrete. It is also necessary to wipe frequently with clean water. You’ll have even better success using a floor cleaner, like this SASE Polished Concrete Cleaner Concentrate, to suspend dirt particles so they can be removed more easily. Mr. Clean Maintenance Systems, Bloomington, CA, which specializes in maintaining, sealing, and restoring polished concrete floors, recommends using only neutral cleaners on polished concrete because a cleaner that is too acidic or too alkaline will deteriorate the concrete and dull its luster. from the floor. You also need to use the right type of floor pad to avoid damaging the concrete surface.
How often should you have your polished concrete floors professionally maintained?
We generally recommend professional inspections every two years and maintenance every six years. If your concrete floors are starting to look dull, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic, it might be time to do some maintenance on your floors. If your floors look different than when they were installed, a professional inspection is required. As part of our standard residential maintenance, we deep clean your floors with a specialized auto-scrubber-dryer, then use a power buffer to restore them to their original luster. This one-day service will revitalize your floors and increase their stain resistance.
Concrete Floor Care Basics
- KEEP YOUR FLOOR CLEAR OF DIRT, DUST, AND GRIME
The key to a long life is keeping the concrete floor surface free of dust, dirt, and grime. Excessive surface contaminants act as abrasives, opacifiers, and discolor decorative concrete floors. Frequent cleaning of the concrete floor will greatly extend the time between professional service calls. We recommend robot vacuum cleaners designed for wooden floors to perform daily floor cleaning tasks. vacuuming is not an option, mopping is second best. It is recommended to use a standard microfiber dust cloth both dry and with clean water. These dust cloths are machine washable and reusable.
- USE THE CORRECT MOPPING SOLUTION
When cleaning residential polished concrete floors, it is important to use the correct cleaning solution. We recommend Ameripolish® Rejuvenating Floor Cleaner. This product is designed for polished concrete flooring and could boom stain resistance while used regularly. If this product is not available, it is recommended that you use a natural soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for washing the floor. Dr. Bronner’s soap is mild, pH neutral, and concentrated – a few drops in a mop bucket are enough for an effective cleaning solution. To clean, use warm water and a damp microfiber cloth.
Never use cleaners such as PineSol, ammonia, vinegar, or bleach, as they will dull, discolor or attack polished concrete and stained concrete floors.
HOW TO CARE FOR POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
Here is a checklist for keeping floors shiny:
- Dust the floor daily with a microfiber cotton swab to prevent dirt particles from getting on the floor. Floors act as abrasives and can spoil the transparency and shine of polished concrete.
- If you scrub wet floors, always use clean water and clean rags. Use a scrubber equipped with a non-abrasive pad to clean large areas.
- When wet, use a neutral floor cleaner formulated to suspend dirt particles so they can be removed more easily.
- Try to clean stains and stains on the floor as quickly as possible so they are not absorbed into the surface.
- Give the cleaner enough time to start breaking down dirt, grease, and other contaminants, then hang them up.
- If you apply a cleaner and then immediately vacuum it up or wipe it on the surface, the vacuum won’t have enough time to work. This can be achieved by cleaning small areas and making sure the whole process is complete before moving on to other areas.
How-To Minimize Concrete Maintenance Costs
- ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FLOOR CLEAN!
Use a dust mop or vacuum cleaner to remove surface contaminants such as dust and dirt. We generally recommend a robot vacuum over a dust mop because they can clean both concrete and carpet. Clean concrete is the key to long life.
- USE RUGS
Area rugs are a great idea on concrete floors, especially in hallways. They will reduce the volume of contaminants traced to the ground by everyday foot traffic. However, rubber mat backings can dull the shine of polished concrete floors. Use a felt carpet backing instead. Since smooth concrete is not slippery, you may find that you don’t need a carpet backing at all. (Note: Don’t use rubber rug backing)
- NEVER WAX YOUR POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
Wax is considered a contaminant on polished concrete floors and can lead to expensive repairs. Wax buildup is difficult to remove and will only temporarily improve the appearance of the floor. Be careful not to use a floor cleaner with added wax. Mop and Glo are the main culprits. Again, a damp mop with a small amount of mild soap is sufficient.
- NEVER STICK TAPE TO A DECORATIVE FLOOR
Blue tape can also damage the surface of a decorative concrete floor if installed for an extended period of time. This is one of the most common and expensive maintenance issues associated with concrete floors. See this page for more information.
- CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE CONCRETE LAYING FOR YOUR NEEDS
The most decorative concrete installations are unstained polished concrete floors or sealed concrete floors. Unlike colored concrete floors, polished concrete does not use a film-forming sealer, so it has the lowest long-term maintenance requirements of all concrete floor types.
- CLEAN SPILLS PROMPTLY
Always smooth up liquid spills as quickly as possible. Spills left to dry on polished concrete can seep into the floor and cause staining. Pay particular attention to reactive liquids such as vinegar, soaps, or wine. These liquids are known to damage polished concrete floors.
- HAVE YOUR FLOOR PERIODICALLY CHECKED BY AN EXPERT CONCRETE POLISHER
If the surface of your floor is different from what it was when it was installed, it’s probably time to have it evaluated by a professional. Worn floors are more prone to staining and fading than properly maintained floors, leading to expensive repairs.