While polished concrete is often sold as a ultra durable, no maintenance flooring option, it technically needs to have a guard and burnish application at least once a year. Polished concrete is susceptible to salt damage and staining. A quality guard will help prevent that.
We have sealed thousands of floors over the last 7 years and know what will hold up to the test.
Read on to find out our entire process for maintaining polished concrete floors.
Steps to Maintaining Polished Concrete
The right sealer options for polished concrete that will offer protection for 5-10 years before a reapplication is needed.
1. Seal concrete with a product designed to protect polished concrete surfaces.
By sealing the floor surface, you are protecting it from stains and dirt, salt damage and other issues that could otherwise permanently damage or dull the finish. You can also obtain color and gloss enhancements by applying a clear sealer over your existing coating (polish).
2. Remove spills promptly, preferably with a water extracted cleaning system
Do not allow liquid to sit and dry on the polished surface as it can damage or dull the finish over time. Do not use any abrasive cleaners near polished concrete floors because they will dull or scratch the coating when wiping up soil or other liquids.
3. Maintain a regular cleaning schedule to keep your polished concrete floors looking their best
The frequency of polishing will depend on the amount of foot traffic and how dirty your floor gets. If you clean it regularly then you might only need to polish it once or twice a year. The cleaner and drier your floor is, the less often you may need to polish it.
4. Use proper protection and safety gear
We also recommend that you protect yourself with adequate personal protective equipment including gloves, eye & ear protection, and a breathing filter or mask if you are going to attempt to seal the floor yourself, but we don’t recommend this. Calling a professional is always best (like The Concrete Guy).
5. Utilize the right tools for the job to ensure you achieve consistent results
Make sure the flooring contractor uses the proper tools and materials. Not every burnisher and sealer is the same. This is where most companies fail, so be sure you are using the right equipment.
6. Re-seal your polished concrete floors at least once per year for optimal protection and appearance
This will enhance your floor’s protection in the long run and extend the time between sealer reapplications.
7. Assess your needs & schedule your maintenance accordingly
Be sure to do regular inspections of exposed surfaces for potential problems. If you don’t keep an eye on it, then things will go unnoticed and potentially cause damage.
The Concrete Guy Offers Polished Concrete Sealing and Maintenance
We hope this article has helped you learn a little bit more about how to keep your polished concrete floor looking its best. You’re not going to find a better concrete sealing and maintenance company than The Concrete Guy. We can’t wait to come out, take care of your flooring needs, and make sure you never have another problem again. Give us a call today!