Polished concrete floors are popular for being aesthetically pleasing and sturdy. It has also received a reputation for being easy to maintain.
Unfortunately, many people think that because it is made of concrete, these decorative flooring doesn’t require much effort in maintenance. While it is true that this flooring material is sturdier than others, it is a false assumption that it doesn’t need any type of care at all.
To make sure your concrete floors live up to its expected lifespan and durability, it is crucial that it gets proper maintenance as it should. There are several tasks you need to undertake. It might even require you to hire professionals to make sure that the job is done correctly.
Not sure whether you’re doing it right? Here are the top five mistakes you should look out for when maintaining polished concrete floors:
1. Forgoing a Maintenance Plan
This is probably the biggest blunder many homeowners make with concrete flooring. Keep in mind that while this type of material can last longer than others, it still needs your help in reaching its full lifespan.
The lack of a maintenance plan can cause the deterioration of polished concrete to speed up. Make sure you have a good one by combining daily with monthly tasks.
One good example is to do some moderate mopping and sweeping every day. This will help remove dirt, dust, and grime. From there, you should also think of a monthly task that can clean the concrete floor more thoroughly (more on how to perform these maintenance tasks later).
2. Not Using the Right Cleaning Tools and Materials
Cleaning concrete floors is quite straightforward, but – like all other home maintenance tasks – it still requires the use of proper tools and materials.
When shopping for floor cleaners, make sure to avoid harsh chemicals with high pH levels. Acid-based cleaners can cause polished concrete floors to lose their shine and may even lead to costly long-term damage.
Instead, go for soap and cleansers with neutral pH levels. Read the labels to make sure that the product you are buying is safe to use on polished concrete.
For your daily wet mopping, clean water is recommended. As for dust mopping, make sure that you only use mops with microfiber pads to remove dirt that can act as abrasives on the floor.
3. Using a Single Mop for Everything
It may be tempting to cut costs on cleaning supplies such as mops, but the truth is, it will do you no good. It might even lead to more expensive maintenance repairs as using the same mop all over the place can lead to contamination that could’ve been easily avoided if you had dedicated mops for each room.
For instance, using your kitchen mop on your living room can expose the latter to grime and grease that can cause damage to your concrete floor. It also makes the area more slippery than usual, which can lead to accidents.
4. Not Doing Maintenance Tasks Properly
Let’s face it; not many enjoy doing cleaning chores. This is particularly true for cleaning the floors every single day.
Despite this, it is vital that you perform cleaning and maintenance tasks the right way. This will help avoid extra work and unnecessary headaches later on. Timing is also essential when doing such tasks to ensure that they yield the best results.
Below is a quick guide for performing several concrete floor maintenance tasks:
Mopping is a pretty straightforward task in floor maintenance.
First, work through small sections of the space at a single time using a mop and soapy water. Before moving to the next section, make sure that you wash the mop and wring it well. This will help prevent dirt and grime from spreading all over the place.
After you covered the entire floor area, rinse the bucket and mop. Then, repeat the process using warm, clean water to remove excess soap and prevent your floor from becoming sticky or slippery.
Finally, let the floors dry. While you can easily use a dry mop to speed up the process, it is still best to allow it to dry naturally. This will ensure the floor’s polished shine to return.
Dust mopping your floor should be done after sweeping with a broom. This will ensure that all the bigger debris are removed before you run the dust mop over your floor and prevent them from scratching the polished concrete.
Buffing is a floor maintenance task done periodically to keep polished concrete looking shiny and pristine. Unless you’re an expert at the task who owns a high-speed burnisher, you might need to call experts to perform this maintenance task.
5. Postponing Cleaning Spills
Although concrete is easy to clean, it can still get stained from being exposed to dirt, grime, and spills for extended periods of time. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you attend to spills as fast as possible. This way, they don’t get absorbed into the concrete surface and ruin your decorative flooring.
Make the Right Call for Your Polished Concrete Floors
Floor maintenance tasks are mostly easy to perform with proper knowledge. Use this article as a guide when making decisions for your floor and avoid having to spend money on costly floor repairs.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paint manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.