Polished concrete has a stunning and luxurious appearance, but it can quickly lose its shine if not properly maintained. Polished concrete is a growing favorite for a number of commercial and residential buildings because of its clean, professional look. It’s also simple to maintain, not requiring waxing, stripping, or sealing each year like other types of concrete flooring. This can save a significant amount of money and time for businesses and homes alike.
Polished concrete floors are easy to maintain, but that doesn’t mean they should be neglected. You should attend to your polished concrete floors daily and weekly to ensure they maintain their gorgeous shine for years to come.
How do you preserve polished concrete floors simply, easily, and effectively?
Dust mop daily.
Every day, you should use a dust mop to remove any particles and grime from the concrete flooring. If dirt sits on the surface of your concrete, it can seep into the pores and eat away at the polish. Dirt can act as an abrasive that dims the clarity and shine of the concrete. Use a microfiber pad on your mop to trap and lock dirt particles.
Wet mop weekly.
Every week, you should be going over the floor with a wet mop. Use clean water and a neutral floor cleaner. In commercial settings, we recommend an automatic floor scrubber with a nonabrasive pad. This will get the job done most efficiently and effectively. For residential polished concrete, a bucket and mop is fine if you consistently change out the water. Always use clean water when washing to avoid introducing new contaminants to the surface.
Use a neutral floor cleaner.
If you just use water during your weekly cleaning, you’ll likely leave dirt on the floor long-term. Use a cleaner to lift and pull up any particles that could damage the concrete. Use a pH neutral cleaner to avoid a reaction with the concrete. Don’t use acidic cleaners that can eat away at the pores of the concrete, like ammonia, bleach, pine-based cleaner, vinegar, or citrus cleaners.
We recommend a neutral cleaner like Enviro-Pro EP512 cleaner and polisher or Focus NC 111 neutral cleaner deodorant.
When you apply the cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes before wet vacuuming. This will allow it to kill off bacteria and lift grime. However, don’t let it sit too long that it dries on the surface; this can damage the chemical polish.
Clean in sections.
To avoid the cleaning solution drying on the floor, clean in sections. Have a system where you move in small areas around the floor. Apply cleaner to one corner, move onto the next section, and then go back to wet-vacuum the first corner again.
Attack spills instantly.
Removing stains from polished concrete is next to impossible. If you see a spill on the floor, clean it immediately. If not, the concrete will absorb the stain particles and permanently discolor the surface. The best way to attack a stain is with a neutral cleaner and clean water. If that doesn’t fully remove the stain, hit the spot with a deep stain remover for extra power.
Renew shine yearly.
Although you don’t need to wax or seal every year, you’ll want to renew the shine and look of the polished concrete. To do so, use a high-speed burnisher over the dry floor before cleaning. This will use the dirt as an abrasive to help bring back the shine. Then, you’ll want to use a dry mop to lift dirt and wet-mop to remove any leftover bacteria and debris.
The Bottom Line
You should polish your floors every two to three years. If you maintain them properly, though, you can get up to five years without a re-polish.
Take care of your polished concrete, and it will be shining and durable for years to come! Contact Onfloor to learn more about polishing and maintaining concrete in your space!