Cleaning Polished Concrete Floors

How to clean polished concrete and maintain its beautiful shine
by Anne Balogh, Columnist

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Maintaining Polished Concrete
Time: 04:27
Get advice for polished concrete maintenance in both residential and commercial environments—includes information on daily cleaning and more involved maintenance procedures.

Although polished concrete floors are extremely durable, they still need to be properly cleaned and maintained. This is especially true if they are located in high-traffic commercial or retail facilities. While polished concrete floors are not maintenance-free, they generally are easier to care for than other types of decorative concrete floors, since they require no waxing or sealing.


Routine maintenance for polished floors consists of daily dust mopping to remove dirt and grime accumulation that can abrade the surface of polished concrete. Frequent wet mopping with clean water is also needed. You'll have even greater success using a floor cleaner to suspend the dirt particles so they can be more easily removed.

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Mr. Clean Maintenance Systems, Bloomington, Calif., which specializes in maintaining, sealing and restoring polished concrete floors, recommends using only neutral-ph cleaners on polished concrete, since a cleaner that is too acidic or too alkaline will deteriorate the concrete and dull the shine of the floor. The correct type of floor pad also needs to be used to prevent concrete surface damage. Mr. Clean recommends using very soft pads on polished floors to clean the surface without scratching or etching.

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The exact maintenance regimen needed and the frequency of cleaning is largely dictated by amount of traffic the floors receives. High-traffic areas will require more frequent cleaning.


Here's a checklist for maintaining polished floors:

The first step in maintaining polished floors is to take a proactive approach and protect the floor with a penetrating sealer or topical guard.

  • Dust mop the floor daily with a microfiber pad to keep dirt particles off the floor. Soils act as an abrasive and can ruin the clarity and shine of polished concrete.
  • If wet mopping the floor, always use clean water and clean mops. Use an automatic floor scrubber equipped with a nonabrasive pad to clean large square footage areas. Mop and bucket cleaning can be used in smaller areas.
  • When wet mopping, use a neutral floor cleaner formulated to suspend the dirt particles so they can be more easily removed. Using water only leaves much of the dirt on the floor, where it will eventually abrade and discolor the surface.
  • Try to clean spills and stains from the floor as quickly as possible so they don't absorb into the surface.
  • Give the cleaner enough time to start breaking down the grime, such grease and other contaminants, and then suspend the particles. If you apply a cleaning agent and then immediately vacuum it or mop it from the surface, the cleaner will not have sufficient time to work.
  • Make sure the cleaning solution does not dry on the surface. This can be accomplished by cleaning small areas and making sure the entire process is complete before moving on to other areas.


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Mr. Clean Maintenance Systems ( based in Southern California also does business in Northern California, Nevada, Arizona and Illinois.

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