Polished concrete is ideal for any environment seeking a floor that requires a green and healthy building, it is durable enough for forklift traffic, manufacturing, schools, retail stores, warehouses, basements, garages and even aircraft hangars, it’s dust free, and also provides a beautiful and reflective finish.
Polished concrete is a concrete floor that has been mechanically ground and polished through a series of steps determined by the desired sheen of the final floor finish. The process of polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood, going up in grit with every pass. The floor is densified, hardened, and coloured in the early stages of grinding. Guard is applied to aid in protection of the concrete and finished by burnishing with a heat pad. At that point the floor is open for business, no bad smells or VOC’s.
Polished Concrete offers a number of advantages that other flooring materials can’t match, particularly when it comes to durability, ease to clean, low cost and low maintenance.
Concrete polishing is an excellent alternate choice to VCT and other hard surface floor as it does not require to be striped and re-waxed. Maintenance on polished concrete has fewer inputs and is required less frequently. It can be also integrated with the cleaning schedule with diamond impregnated autoscubber pads to polish as the floor is cleaned. More detailed maintenance schedule below.
Maintaining Polished Concrete
Daily cleaning – Dust mop or as needed.
Weekly / monthly / Annual cleaning can be done with a damp mop and water or auto scrubber clean water, neutral pH cleaners if required, rinse if cleaner is used.
Annual Maintenance is to burnish the floor if its stain guarded.
The amount of, and type of traffic, as well as the ability to keep the floor clean will determine the the annual maintenance schedule. Example. Most cases in the third year re-applying stain guard and burnishing is suggested. Review the condition on the 5th or 6th year to determine whether a refresh polish is necessary. A refresh is polishing through the last three grits. Example 400, 800, 1500 or 200, 400, 800.
Costs associated with a five year refresh are similar to the annual maintenance on a VTC floor except its not done on an annual bases.
Routine Burnishing or buffing can be done as often as its desired as long as the floor is cleaned before.
Not all polished floors are have guard applied, and do not require burnishing. In situations when the service of the floor is so extreme it’s not viable to put a guard on a floor. Example would be an aircraft hanger that has frequent fuel leaks.