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How to clean polished concrete flooring

Dining room on a high level floor of a city building, with grey dining chairs, table, and polished concrete floor.

Polished concrete is amazingly hardwearing and long-lasting, yet at the same time, it is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.

The fact that it is so robust and simple to look after means that polished concrete flooring is in demand across a wide variety of uses and especially in areas of high footfall, whether that’s a shopping centre, office block, warehouse or the home.

To look at a polished concrete floor, you would be forgiven for thinking that it has to be buffed for hours to look that shiny, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The shiniest polished concrete floors

Polished concrete is concrete that has been treated with chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinding tools to achieve the desired shine and smoothness.

The chemical treatment is necessary to penetrate, densify and harden the exposed cement paste located in the top 5mm of the floor. Not only does this process add many years to the life expectancy of the floor, but it also takes it to a whole new level of shiny.

All of our polished concrete floors have also been treated with penetrating stain protection impregnator which absorbs into the surface and helps prevent staining from oil, water and grease.

Our coatings are long lasting and difficult to break down through normal use, such as footfall.

This means that looking after your floor couldn’t be easier or more cost effective.

Care and maintenance of polished concrete floors

While the stain protection and densifiers do give your polished concrete floors a good protective layer, regular cleaning is recommended to get the most out of your floor and maximise its life span. However, the process is very straightforward.

Regular/daily cleaning as necessary:

  • Daily cleaning consists of sweeping or vacuuming to remove any dust and debris
  • Carefully removing anything sticky with a non-scratch implement
  • Mop with warm water, ideally using a dry mop such as a microfibre mop
  • Treat with a PH neutral concrete conditioner, applied as per the manufacturer’s instructions
  • To keep a really high sheen in areas of high foot traffic you could burnish a dry surface with a floor polisher and a white buffing pad
  • Cleaners with detergents are not recommended as they can leave a residue which is difficult to rinse off and collects dirt

Heavy duty cleaning:

  • Heavy duty cleaning may be needed if the build-up of dirt and grime is too much for a light clean
  • More thorough cleanse may also be required in busy commercial environments, such as restaurants
  • Heavy duty cleaning can be carried out every three months, monthly or as required using a suitable cleaner and non-damaging buffer pads and tools, such as HTC green Twister pads
  • The type of buffing pad required depends on whether you have a smooth or uneven surface on your polished concrete

How to clean spillages on polished concrete floors

While the coatings on our polished concrete floors are long-lasting and difficult to break down, it is recommended that any spillages are mopped up as quickly as possible as they can penetrate the surface if left too long.

If you do spill something on polished concrete flooring, the best advice is to clean it up straight away.

  • First lift as much of the spill as possible with paper towel, a cloth, or other absorbent material
  • Mop the remaining spillage with warm water
  • If the spillage was acidic, such as lemon juice, vinegar, wine, bird droppings or animal excrement, adding PH neutral cleaner or other suitable alkaline cleaner to the water should aid cleaning and help neutralise the acid

Our expert advisors can help if you have any further queries about caring for your polished concrete floor.

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