Polished Concrete Maintenance Tips

With routine, proper maintenance, polished concrete floors will last on average 7 to 10 years or more before a one or two step re-polish may be needed. Floors that need to be repaired due to neglect may require a re-polish every two to three years to maintain their gloss. All liquid spills need to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Polished concrete is durable, but it is also a breathable porous floor. Below are seven easy and low-cost maintenance tips to keep your floor in top shape for the maximum amount of time.

Polished Concrete Floor Maintenance Tips

  • When we complete your floor, make sure that you wait at least 3 days before allowing water to touch the floor – this gives the stain guard protectant time to cure.

  • If covering your floor to protect it, NEVER APPLY TAPE OR TAPE ANYTHING TO THE FLOOR.

  • Daily dust mopping removes the fine dust and grit that can act as sandpaper grinding away the floor finish. The best results can be obtained by using a Micro-Fiber Dust Mop.

  • To clean a polished floor, use water and a cleaner made for your polished concrete stain guard or a Neutral P.H. all-purpose cleaner. Either one is available from any Janitorial supply house. (NOTE: Always use clean water for your mop bucket. Follow the dilution recommendations for your cleaner. Too much cleaner or dirty water will create a haze on the floor.)

  • DO NOT USE ANY DEGREASER OR ACID BASED CLEANERS. Please check the label on the cleaning agent to confirm the product’s ingredients. These cleaners will etch the concrete and significantly reduce the gloss. (Examples of degreasers NOT TO USE: Pine-Sol, Mop-N-Glow, Lysol, Orange-Glow, etc.

  • When using a buffer or auto scrubber only use a very soft bristle brush, white pad or beige pad. All other color pads will result in a decrease of gloss.

  • Do not wax a polished floor. Polished concrete is a low maintenance floor. Applying wax to the floor unnecessarily adds to its maintenance. Waxing a polished concrete floor voids all warranties.

If you have a question about your existing polished concrete floor, contact Bob Robison Commercial Flooring at 870-931-8500.