Polished Concrete Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

One of the best benefits of choosing polished concrete flooring is how durable these floors are. However, with almost everything in our world, durable only goes so far. To keep your polished concrete floors in tip top condition, regular cleaning and maintenance is essential. 

At Custom Concrete Creations, our team of polished concrete specialists understands how maintaining your concrete floors plays a huge role in prolonging the life of your flooring! In this blog, we discuss why cleaning and maintenance of your concrete floors is necessary, as well as provide some tips on how to efficiently and effectively go about your flooring maintenance. 

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your polished concrete will help prolong the life of your flooring. Although cleaning should be done regularly, there are certain things that should be done daily, weekly and monthly to ensure you are getting the most out of your investment. 

Daily Cleaning

When it comes to your concrete flooring, there’s not much maintenance you need to do daily except for regular cleaning. Spills often occur every day, and depending on what your floors are used for, may happen more often. However, when a spill occurs, it’s essential that you are cleaning up the mess as soon as possible. When spills are left unattended, they can sink into the surface of your polished concrete, ultimately leaving unsightly stains that are almost impossible to get out. These spills can also start to deteriorate your flooring surface depending on the substance of the spill and how long it has been left unattended. 

Another thing to always remember to do each day is to dry mop your polished concrete flooring! While dust is pretty harmless to polished concrete, it can build up over time and affect the shiny look of your concrete!

Weekly Cleaning

Once a week, it’s necessary to wet mop your polished concrete floors. Dry mopping every day is important, however, it isn’t enough to preserve the longevity of your polished concrete flooring. Wet mopping your floors with water and a pH neutral cleaner will be sure to get all the dirt, dust, and other grime that has accumulated on your floors over time. When doing so, it’s essential that you are using a cleaner that is pH neutral. If you don’t you are putting your floor at risk of damage. 

Best method for cleaning your floors

 \When cleaning your polished concrete floors, it’s most effective to clean small sections at a time. When you dump cleaner on a large area of the floor, it’s more likely to dry and leave a grime-like residue. By cleaning in small sections, you will be able to keep the area you are cleaning wet and ultimately do a better job of cleaning. 

Also, even though it may not seem like it, timing is key when cleaning your polished concrete. Our polished concrete specialists recommend allowing your cleaning solution to settle on the concrete for about three to five minutes before you mop it all off. This allows for the grime on your floor to fully dissolve and properly eliminate all the bacteria on your floors. However, it’s also important that you are not letting your cleaning solution sit too long as it can damage the surface of your flooring. 

Other Maintenance

Lastly, to keep your polished concrete floors looking the best, a great tip of advice is to lay down rugs in high foot traffic areas, such as entrances and exits. Walk-off mats help reduce the amount of debris and outside dirt that people bring in from outside, and is especially important during the winter months when ice and snowmelt often gets brought inside. 

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your polished concrete floors will ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment. If you have any questions about your polished concrete or would like to learn more about our services at Custom Concrete Creations, contact us today!