Even though concrete floors are extremely durable, they still require proper maintenance to keep them looking good for long periods of time. Stained and coated concrete still needs the same type of maintenance that other flooring materials require. This includes dust mopping on a regular basis, and wet mopping, or auto scrubbing in larger commercial settings. It will also require periodic professional recoating services to keep it looking looking good for many years. The maintenance process is intended to protect the longevity of the urethane, acrylic, or epoxy sealers on the surface of the concrete. These sealers make the floor surface more durable, but they can look damaged and worn if not properly maintained.
As with all floor types, the most important thing to do is clean dust, dirt, and pebbles from the floor regularly, which means once or twice daily. This may sound excessive, but it is necessary to keep your floor looking good for as long as possible. On polished surfaces, small particles like dust between one’s shoes and the floor will slowly sand the finish to a dull appearance. Dust may even become embedded in the seals.
Dry Cleaning Procedures:
We recommend running a dust mop across the floor at least daily to remove these contaminates from the floor’s surface. Use a large 3-foot or longer dust mop that you can purchase from most home improvement stores such as Home Depot. Dust mop all walk areas daily. To improve your dusting results,use oil-free dust mop products that you spray on the dust mop, which attracts dust and dirt. Most dust mop sprays are oil-based and can harm your floors, so avoid using them if possible.
Wet Cleaning Procedures:
The pH level of your wet cleansers will determine how effective they are at cleaning specific stains. The pH is a unit of measure to determine the alkalinity or acidity of a solution. It is rated on a scale of 1 to 14, with pH levels 1 to 6.5 being acidic, 7.5 to 14 being an alkali and 7 being neutral.
ACIDS: The following is a list of some common acids:
- Acid Bowl Cleaners,
- Some degreasers,
- Most fruit juices,
- Alcoholic beverages,
- Many household cleaners and
- Bathroom cleaners.
Most concrete flooring material used today are sensitive to both acidic and alkali cleaners.
We recommend using cleaning products that indicate they are PH neutral. There are many brands on the market. Higher PH product for deep cleaning on occasion will also be appropriate. Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous place before using it on the entire floor.
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