Caring for Concrete Floors
Concrete Floor Maintenance
Once a concrete floor is acid-stained, a concrete sealer is added to help resist water, stains, and dirt, and abrasives.
Keeping your floor clean will be relatively simple. You'll want to talk to the concrete contractor who stained your floor about specific instructions for the specific products and colors used for your floor.
There is often more than one way to do the job.If you called three companies for advice, don't be surprised if you get a couple different answers on how to clean the concrete.
For general cleaning, first try water and scrub with a soft, non-metallic brush to see if this removes the surface dirt.
If that doesn't work, step up to water with a mild soap, then water with a stronger soap, then water with a stronger soap plus ammonia.
If a sealer has been previously applied to the concrete surface, the surface may only need a light, general cleaning and to have the sealer reapplied or touched up in high traffic areas.
However, if the concrete has ground in dirt or grime, the substance should be removed prior to installing a sealer. And the surface must be penetrated to do so.
Cleaning polished concrete
Although keeping polished concrete shiny requires minimal effort and expense, some regular care is necessary.
Doug Demmert of Demmert and Associates recommends a simple maintenance program of occasional dusting to remove grit and damp mopping with a neutral cleaner to enhance the shine. Some manufacturers sell special cleaners and conditioners for polished concrete that not only clean the surface, but also leave behind a dirt-resistant film. These products can be applied with a mop or auto scrubber and do not require buffing.
With basic cleaning, polished concrete should keep its luster for years. Eventually, though, the shine can dull, especially in high-traffic areas. Fortunately, it's easy to restore the gleam. Sometimes simply buffing the floor with a commercial polishing compound will do the trick. If more touch-up is necessary, the floors can be lightly repolished with a fine-grit abrasive.
Learn more about maintaining concrete.
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