How To Protect Your Concrete Floors This Winter

The winter season is coming soon here in the Midwest, and it’s time for businesses to start planning how they will upkeep their commercial buildings. Of course, the main thing that businesses need to prepare for is the snowy season that is ahead. 

Snow does not only affect the exterior of your commercial buildings, but also the interior, specifically your flooring. As customers and employees walk into your store or office this winter, chances are they will also be bringing in snow and debris. Both of these can damage your floors, but as a business owner, there are things you can do to help protect your commercial flooring! 

At Custom Concrete Creations, we are your concrete experts! We know what it takes to protect your concrete floors all year long. Below, we share some ways to keep your concrete floors working and performing well all winter long!

Get your floors resealed

The winter time can be a curse for your concrete floors. The snow from the outside can make its way indoors and seep into the pores of your floor if they do not have any type of sealing. The best way to protect your concrete floors is by having them sealed with a densifier and hardener by a professional. A sealer will not only enhance the color of your concrete and add a shine, it will also preserve it. A densifier and hardener will penetrate your concrete surface and increase the abrasion and water resistance of your concrete floor. This is beneficial, especially as snow and ice may make its way into your business, causing water to pool up. 

When it comes to sealing your concrete floors, there are many ways to do so. Here are some of the different types of sealers your concrete floor can use. To make sure you are choosing the right sealant for your floors, be sure to hire a professional!

Add entry mats

Floor mats are useful throughout the entire year, but even more so during the winter months. While snow and ice melt will more than likely be tracked into your store or office, entry mats will help stop it from affecting your entire floors! Snow can make concrete floors wet, which in turn can create hazards to employees and customers. By adding entry mats, you can reduce the amount of snow that gets tracked into your store. Entry mats will also help catch ice melt and gravel, two materials that can be abrasive towards the surface of your floors, as they get brought in with snow!

Keep your concrete floors dry

Although entry mats help with this issue, there is no way to totally stop the trail of snow coming into your commercial building during the winter months. The snow from the outside will cause your concrete floors to crack if it’s not properly sealed. You can avoid all this by just keeping your floors dry.  

One important thing you want to remember when you have beautiful concrete creations is water can make your concrete floors crack. That is why it’s important that you are doing everything you can to keep your concrete floors dry all winter long! Drying your floors will stop water from getting into the pores and causing unwanted cracks. Keep a dry mop handy to clean up heavy wet spots!

As the winter weather starts moving in, it’s important that you have a preventative maintenance plan in place to keep your commercial floors looking good all season long. Use these tips to help protect your concrete floors this winter! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Custom Concrete Creations! Our concrete flooring specialists are happy to help answer any questions you may have!