Polished concrete floors have gained tremendous popularity in NZ for their sleek, modern appearance and low maintenance requirements. To keep these floors looking their best and prolong their lifespan, adopting the right cleaning practices is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to clean polished concrete floors effectively.
1. Regular Dusting and Sweeping
Start by preventing dirt and debris from accumulating on your polished concrete floors. Regular dusting using a soft-bristle broom or a microfiber mop is key to keeping the surface clean and scratch-free. This simple step helps prevent particles from grinding into the floor’s surface and maintains its shine.
2. Gentle Mopping
For routine cleaning, a damp mop is your go-to tool. Use a pH-neutral cleaner diluted with water to avoid damaging the floor’s finish. Avoid harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners, as they can dull the shine and compromise the surface. Mop the floor in sections, and make sure the mop is not overly wet to prevent excess moisture from seeping into the concrete.
3. Spill and Stain Management
Promptly address spills to prevent staining. Blot liquids with a clean cloth and clean the area with a mild cleaning solution. For tougher stains, such as oil or grease, use a specialized concrete stain remover, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers that could scratch the surface.
4. Deep Cleaning
Periodically, your polished concrete floor may benefit from a deeper clean. Use an automatic scrubber with a soft pad attachment or a high-quality microfiber mop for this purpose. Again, choose a pH-neutral cleaner suitable for polished concrete surfaces. Ensure that the floor is thoroughly rinsed and dried after deep cleaning.
5. Protecting the Surface
To maintain the glossy finish and durability of polished concrete, consider applying a concrete floor sealer or polish periodically. This adds an extra layer of protection, making the floor more resistant to stains and enhancing its visual appeal.
6. Preventive Measures
Place doormats at entrances to minimize the amount of dirt and debris tracked onto the floor. Using furniture pads under heavy objects prevents scratching and abrasion. Regularly trim pet nails to avoid potential damage.
7. Professional Maintenance
While polished concrete floors are relatively low maintenance, seeking professional maintenance from time to time can help maintain their optimal appearance. Professionals can provide specialized cleaning and re-polishing services to ensure your floors continue to shine. We sell concrete floor cleaners in our showroom.
In conclusion, cleaning polished concrete floors requires a combination of regular upkeep and proper techniques. By incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine, you can ensure that your polished concrete floors remain stunning and durable for years to come. Remember, gentle cleaning practices and timely maintenance are the key to preserving the beauty and longevity of your investment.
At NZ Grinders, after completing a diamond polished floor, we offer a complementary service of the loan of our SEBO polisher periodically so you can keep your polish looking its best (T&C’s apply) – contact us for details – we cover both the North or South Island on 0508-694-746