Polished concrete has only been accessible for a little longer than 20 years, it is now becoming exceptionally popular within the commercial sector as well as everyday homes. While the effort required to maintain and keep your polished concrete floors clean and unscathed are quite simple, it is a task that must be carried out to ensure that you get the most value out of it.
Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors
Having a general cleaning schedule will certainly help keep your polished concrete floor in tip-top condition for years to come. The most important measure to take in maintaining polished concrete floors is to act fast on any unexpected accidents. Wipe up and liquids, semi solids and anything that may cause a stain or etch the surface. Large pieces of debris should also be picked up as quickly as possible, especially if they are able to break off into smaller pieces and potentially scratch the floor if kicked or stepped upon.
At the end of each day where the floor has been used, doing a general clean with a dust mop is a great measure to maintaining polished concrete floors. Micro fiber mops are very much recommended, cotton will do the trick as well, and if all else fails a soft bristle push broom or a regular broom will be better than nothing!
We advise that a minimum of once per week after dry mopping that the floors should be damp mopped with a solution of warm water and mild detergent. This allows for any small bits of debris and dirt to be picked up. You could also use a polished floor cleaner which we highly recommend. Only use neutral – pH cleaners for mopping, Ammonia, bleach vinegar, citrus or any other cleaners that have alkaline or acidic bases should never be used as part of maintaining polished concrete floors.
Allow time for the floor to dry before scrubbing it with a fully wet mop. Once one area of the floor has been scrubbed well, ring the mop out and use it to absorb as much of the water left behind. Repeat the process throughout the sections of the flooring.
Finally, be sure to do a once over with a damp mop and fresh water, clean water will remove any left behind residue from any cleaning solution you may have used.
Tips for Keeping Your Floor Clean
• Clean spills as soon as possible after they occur, especially if they are acidic liquids, such as orange juice, or penetrating liquids, such as oil or wine.
• Place mats or rugs on the floor where ever there are high-traffic areas such as entryways this will catch dirt before it reaches the floor.
• If in doubt, contact us and we will answer any and all questions about the process!