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Polished Concrete Floor Maintenance Ideas

Concrete floors have become fashionable and prominent in the world of retail and home spaces.

Typically they are easy to maintain and keep a beautiful appearance for long periods of time.  Of course, results may vary depending on weather, traffic, and other conditions that may arise in that location.

The amount of attention needed to keep a concrete floor sparkling clean will be easy in a home compared to a store.

Generally speaking, the bulk of the cleaning will be simple sweeping and damp mopping. The idea is to keep the sealer and finish (or wax) free of scuffing debris and stain formation from whatever the concrete floor may encounter.

Here a few tips to keep that finish looking brand spanking new:

  • Keep unpolished concrete floors sealed with a high quality polymer sealer.
  • Use a quality floor wax with slip resistance as a top coat to help keep the sealer tight, and keeps it easy to maintain.
  • Use floor mats in entryways to help prevent scuffing from debris on shoe bottoms.
  • Dust sweep daily if possible to keep the floor scuff free from the fine dust and dirt that can settle on the floor.
  • Use a neutral floor cleaner (like Neutra-GREEN) for light cleaning to protect the wax coating.  Avoid solvent containing cleaners and degreasers (like Lysol, Pine-SOL, Orange-based products)
  • Keep cleaning solution fresh to avoid streaking or scuffing from debris picked up.
  • Maintain the concrete floor regularly to keep its appearance and protection in tip-top shape.
  • Avoid using tape or adhesives on the top coat.
  • Use only soft pads to to prevent scuffing of the top coat.

Concrete floors are beautiful and easy to maintain once set up properly.  Keep them looking great with regular maintenance and cleaning routines!

Click here for more tips and tricks, or check here for some guides on general janitorial practices.

5 Comments

  1. Unic Pro Inc.

    Thank you for the great tips. The ideas and key points made in this post are both informative and insightful. We agree fully with several of the key points made. For example, as a commercial cleaning serve we are well aware of the importance of proper instillation and maintenance of concrete flooring. It is obvious when a job is rushed or of lesser quality and this causes difficulties moving forward. In order to run a successful business, the facility’s appearance is paramount. Capturing a good first impression is crucial to sales, and having a well kept and clean business space builds a desirable reputation for your company, which gets you one step closer to a consumer making a purchase. We take pride in ensuring that our clients’ get the best service money can buy. And with our daily and deep cleaning floor washing and waxing services ensure that our customers’ facilities are always looking pristine.

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  2. James Bergman

    I am a big fan of having nice polished concrete in stores, or well anywhere with high traffic. It looks great and it is really easy to maintain. Looking at your list I can’t help but think that it is the same maintenance that would normally be performed on any hard floor. However, if you do have problems with the concrete floor being scuffed etc. you just have to grind the floor and refinish it. Much simpler than replacing a whole tile floor.

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  3. Lauren Woodley

    I really appreciated the insight you gave to use a neutral floor cleaner to protect the wax! I would think that these neutral cleaners would make it easier to actually clean on a regular basis. Thus, prolonging the life of your concrete and ensuring your floor is always looking good. Thanks for the help!

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  4. Nathan Johnson

    My wife and I are planning a house renovation later this year. One of the projects that I am considering is using concrete floors for our main living space. I like the look, but I just want to make sure that the floors look good for a long time. I like the tips you have posted here to keep polished concrete floors looking great. I will keep these in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Ivy Baker

    This is some really good information about polished concrete floors. I really love how these floors look and I would want to have them in my home. So, I liked that you talked about how it would be smart to use a slip resistant wax on the floors.

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