You’re probably pretty used to seeing concrete floors wherever you go. They may be a mainstay in the building in which you work. They may be a part of the home where you hang your hat at the end of a long day. In fact, that’s becoming a growing trend, as industrial-inspired and minimalistic home design grows more and more popular. You’re probably used to seeing them spotless, with no stains, no scratches, no muss, and no fuss. It becomes second nature to see clean, polished concrete floors, because you may be thinking, “how hard would they be to clean?” Here’s where the team at Geocrete – which we’re hosting today – can share all of the best practices, tips, and tricks. Read on to learn how to successfully polish concrete.
As mentioned, you may be surprised to learn that that polishing your concrete is so imperative. Sure, you don’t have to, but you definitely want to for several reasons. The most prominent is that you’ll have to see it each and every day. You don’t want to let maintenance go, and experience a subpar living or working environment. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle. The benefits extend far beyond that. When you take care of any element of your home, you’re making an investment in yourself and in your future. It ups the perception of the financial value of your home in every way, but the bottom line is that you’ll be able to sell your home for a much higher price if you follow the right cleaning steps along the way.
The first question to tackle – What on earth is concrete polishing and what goes into it? There are a couple of key steps. They include carefully grinding, densifying and then polishing. The ultimate goal is the matte, satin or a high-gloss finish, depending on your personal tastes.
Another area to read up on is around what materials are used. If you’re working with a pro, you’ll learn about the most advanced polishing equipment that’s available around the world. Look for tools like the four-head planetary grinder – a favorite of our team, which is used to expose the surface of your floor. Surface densifiers are also vital and need to be chosen carefully so that you properly harden the surface of your floor and get it ready for the final steps. The final steps are where you really start to see the value of the whole process. The application of a penetrating, stain-resisting sealer produces a durable finish that can be capable of withstanding even the most serious of stains, like red wine or coffee, spills for up to seven hours.
We know that this is a lot of information to take in, but that’s why the Geocrete team has resources like our blog to check out and read up about this interesting body of work. Questions? Comments? Feel free to let us know and thank you for letting us visit the MixArena blog.