Polished concrete has become a popular flooring option for contemporary and classic style homes, and it’s surprisingly affordable.
Getting that glossy look of polished stone flooring doesn’t have to come with the premium price tag of marble.
Polished decorative concrete flooring can be a cheaper option to lay, and requires less maintenance than many other flooring options, which can save you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your floor.
Polished concrete provides a durable, smooth, flush floor surface which is easy to maintain, requiring little to no further expense.
Unlike carpet, polished concrete flooring provides a hypoallergenic and water resistant surface perfect for families and households with pets.
Geostone’s polished and honed concrete range comes in a wide range of colours, with a variety of aggregate options to customise a flooring solution unique to your home.
Ensuring the longest lifespan of a concrete floor starts with the pour. Your installer should follow all the usual measures from using steel reinforcement to planning the pour in the right weather.
But there are also some simple steps you can take to increase the lifespan of your polished concrete flooring. We’ve put together this easy to follow guide with the help of some of our Geostone service providers, to help you get the most from your Geostone floor for many years to come.
Affordable Maintenance for Polished Concrete Floors
- Concrete is a porous material so it can absorb spills and stains. Polished concrete is more resistant, but all spills should be cleaned and dried promptly to avoid staining.
- Replace your broom with a microfiber pad. Microfiber is less abrasive and more effective at removing the everyday dust and microparticles which can dull the shine of polished concrete.
- Victoria’s Revolution Concrete Grinding and Polishing recommends only washing the floor when absolutely necessary.
- Revolution Concrete Grinding and Polishing also suggests draining the mop thoroughly to avoid soaking the floor. Flooding or pooling of water can damage the polished surface.
- WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers recommends using a gentle pH neutral floor cleaner solution for mopping, avoiding anything containing ammonia, bleach, pine cleaners or vinegar.
- They also suggest using clean water when mopping polished concrete. The concrete can be stained if dirty water is used.
- WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers warns any rubber products such as rubber backed mats or rubber floor protectors could permanently mark the surface.
- Be sure to thoroughly remove cleaning solution with sufficient water, and don’t allow cleaning solution to pool or dry on the floor.
- WA Terrazzo Tile Manufacturers says, if in time your floor is becoming difficult to clean this can indicate the sealer is wearing away and needs resealing.
- If after a few years your polished concrete floor could use some extra TLC, a commercial floor burnisher can buff and renew the surface.
There are many benefits to having such a long-lasting hard-wearing flooring option. Perhaps one of the most important features of polished concrete is its affordability and ability to save you money in the long run.
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