Polished concrete floors can last for decades. By its nature, concrete is a strong and durable flooring option. It’s also highly resistant to damaging even when exposed to high volumes of foot traffic.
But polished concrete floors still need some work to maintain. Depending on how well you care for your polished concrete floor can increase or decrease your floor’s lifespan by a decade or more.
Here are our tips on how to properly care for your polished concrete floor.
Things to remember when cleaning polished concrete floor
Before you start cleaning your concrete floor, it’s always a good idea to come up with a plan of action. First, examine the status of your floor to find out how often do you need to clean to clean it. Do people use the concrete floor occasionally or frequently throughout the day? How much foot traffic does it get?
Second, you have to identify what cleaning agents and equipment do you need to do the job. Is the floor area small enough that you can manage with a mop and a bucket? Or is it large enough that you need to bring in an automatic floor scrubber?
Set a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule
Your maintenance schedule should depend on how much foot traffic your concrete floor gets on a given day.
If it’s in an area where people frequent, you might want to have it cleaned more often. This is to avoid dust, sand and other debris from building up on your concrete floor over time. The longer you put off cleaning and maintaining your floor, the more particles you’ll have to remove later on.
For example, if your floor is in a dining area, it’s likely going to get round the clock foot traffic. Places such as these might need to have a separate morning and evening maintenance schedule. This ensures that your polished concrete floor stays spick and span no matter how many people use it.
You should regularly dry mop your concrete floors to remove the usual dirt particles. However, you should also wet mop your floor at least once a week. Make sure to use a microfibre mop and warm water with a cleaning solution.
Use the right tools and products to clean your polished concrete floor
It’s not enough that you have a maintenance schedule in place. You also have to have the correct tools and cleaning products to get the job done.
For manual cleaning, use a dust mop made of soft microfibre. This will help wipe away dirt particles without damaging the polished finish of your concrete floor. Most regular mops are made of harsher materials that can scratch or dull your floor’s surface.
If you need to use a cleaning agent, always go with products with neutral pH formulation. These can help suspend soil particles on your floor for easier removal. Remember not to let the solution dry on the surface to avoid having it discolour your concrete floor.
For a general purpose solution, try our our AOC PH Neutral Cleaner. You can use it every to clean any kind of surface.
Meanwhile, for machine-assisted cleaning, use an automatic floor scrubbers with soft and non-abrasive pads. You can choose between two types of pads to fit your scrubber:
- White pads — Have softer textures that are suitable for cleaning high gloss floors
- Soft beige pads — Ideal for cleaning floors with sensitive surfaces
There are also other types of scrubbers pads available, but many of them may not be suitable for cleaning concrete floors. These products tend to scratch or etch the floor’s surface.
Our Cleaning Products
PH Neutral Cleaner: $26.20 (1 Litre) A general purpose everyday cleaner suitable for all surfaces.
Outdoor Cleaner: $35.20 ( 1 Litre) Removes stubborn stains caused by trees or flowers from all natural and artificial stone surfaces.
Active Clean: $35.75 (1 Litre) A specialised cleaner to remove residues such as calcium, soap scum, rust, and greasy residues. Not for polished marble or limestone.
Tile and Grout Cleaner: $22.80 (1 Litre) An everyday cleaner which rapidly lifts dirt, oil and grease from tile and grout
What to do
Here’s our checklist for cleaning and maintaining concrete floors:
- Dust mop your concrete floor regularly to remove dirt from its surface. This is importance since particles such as sand, grit and dirt often act as an abrasive to your floor. They can easily ruin the clarity and lustre of floor’s polished surface. You can use a microfibre pad to make sure that you’ll get even the smallest of dirt particles.
- If you’re going to wet mop your floor, remember to use only clean water and clean mops. For small areas, a mop and a bucket should be enough to do the job. But for larger areas, you might want to go with a automatic floor scrubber. Just make sure that it’s fitted with a nonabrasive pad so it won’t ruin floor’s surface.
- When wet mopping, choose a neutral floor cleaner capable of suspending dirt. This will help make it easier for you to wash away particles that tend to build up on the surface. If these dirt particles were left on your floor, they will eventually wear away the surface and leave it discoloured.
- Wipe away spills and stains on your concrete floor as soon as possible. If you leave them on the surface for too long, it can ruin the polish and discolour your floor.
- When using a cleaning agent, give the solution enough time to break down grease and other contaminants on your floor. If you mop the agent immediately after applying it, it won’t be able to remove grime from the surface properly.
- Make sure that your cleaning solution doesn’t dry on the concrete floor’s surface. Try focusing on a single part of the floor first and finishing the cleaning process. Once it’s complete, you can then move to the next area to continue your work.
What not to do
Of course, there are also several things you need to avoid to make sure you maximise your concrete floor’s lifetime.
- Don’t use ammonia, bleach, vinegar, hydrochloric acid, or any citrus solution to clean your floor. You should also avoid applying any cleaning agents that are either acidic or alkaline on the pH scale. These products can damage the surface of your concrete floor. To be on the safe side, only use neutral pH cleaners.
- Avoid using rubber products as these can leave permanent marks on the surface of your concrete floor. These include rubber backed mats and rubber floor protectors. As an alternative, you can use felt floor protectors in place of rubber based ones. Felt can help reduce the scratching on your floor’s surface.
- When removing dust and dirt from your concrete floor, avoid using a vacuum cleaner. These devices can be abrasive to your floor’s surface.
- Do not use steam cleaners since they can trap dirt in your floor’s surface instead of getting rid of them.
These are our easy to follow tips on how to maintain your concrete floor. They are simple enough for you to be able to do on your own.
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