After you have polished concrete installed, general cleaning will be important to keep the floor in the best condition possible for years to come. Upkeep will also help you avoid costly repairs and professional maintenance.
There are a few simple and easy ways to care for your polished concrete:
- Wipe up liquid spills immediately. This will ensure that it does not stain or etch the surface.
- If there is a stain, dilute a cleaning agent with water and scrub the surface gently, so not to tarnish the floors gloss.
- At the end of the day, go over the floor with a dust mop. Microfiber dust mops are recommended, however cotton or a soft-bristled broom will work sufficiently.
- Once a week after dry mopping, lightly damp a mop with warm water and a polished floor-specific cleaner or mild detergent. Do not bleach or use ammonia vinegar or citrus cleaners.
- Do not let the cleaning agent sit on the surface for too long as the concrete is susceptible to drying - this will increase the time taken to mop, be systematic and thorough.
- When mopping with a fully wet mop, ensure the mop is cleaned often and there is no debris stuck in the mop head that could potentially scratch the surface.
- Over time the floor may lose it's original gloss surface, this depends on foot traffic and if abrasive substances have been used on the floor. Place mats at doors and high foot traffic areas to reduce this and keep the floor at its best.
- Once a year use a burnisher over the dry floor before cleaning, it will use the dirt as an abrasive to bring back the shine. Use a wet mop after to clear any remaining debris.
Ultimately you should polish your floors professionally every two to three years, however proper maintenance and care can extend the life of your floor. To keep it looking brand new, follow the above steps and you will have a perfectly polished floor for years to come.
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