Three Tips For Maintaining Concrete Floors In A Restaurant

Many business and restaurant owners are looking for the best possible elements for their space. This means things that not only will look great, but it will also be durable enough to withstand foot traffic, spills, heavy machinery and potential drops of knives and pans. A great option for these needs is a concrete floor. The reason this is such a great choice for restaurant owners is because there are many different aesthetics to choose from. You can have a neutral polished concrete, stained, an underlay of your logo or even woodcrete. This allows you to perfectly match your aesthetic without compromising durability. 

Concrete floors can take a beating - especially in a place like a restaurant that has plenty of foot traffic and lots of potential for stains and scratches. Installing a concrete floor is a big step for any restaurant owner, so you want to be sure that you are protecting your investment. While polished concrete may be more expensive initially, it may actually save you money in the long run when it comes to repairs and replacements because it is so durable. In order to be sure that you keep it in the best shape possible, here are some maintenance tips!

Sealing

The best way to protect your flooring is to coat the floor with a topical guard or penetrating sealer. Industrial concrete floors require far less maintenance than decorative floors. However, you should still apply either a topical guard or sealer when you first install the floor. This will keep it looking shiny and clean and will protect it from getting gouged by dropped knives, scratched by shoes or stained by inevitable spills.

Cleaning

Clean the floor daily. Although industrial concrete floors require less heavy-duty maintenance than their decorative counterparts, that doesn't mean they don't require any care at all. For the most part, you'll need to care for your concrete floor through daily cleaning tasks, such as:

  • Dust mopping (to remove abrasive grit and grime)
  • Wet mopping (to remove dirt and keep the floor smooth and shiny)
  • Cleaning up spills as they occur (to prevent them from drying on the floor and seeping into the surface)

Top tip: only use a mild cleaner or dish soap, diluted with lots of water, when cleaning your concrete floor. This ensures that your floor is cleaned without being stripped of its sealant.

Repairs

Fill in cracks immediately. It's inevitable - at some point in your concrete floor's life, it's going to develop a crack or two. It is important to fix these cracks immediately in order to prevent further damage from occurring. The best way to go about fixing cracks in your concrete is to contact your installer. Typically what will happen is that the area will first be cleaned around the crack using the steps mentioned above. Then, it will be filled in using a mortar and topped off with a sealant.

Choosing polished concrete for your restaurant space can be a great choice for your business and save you money down the road. The maintenance is easy and the floors are beautiful. If you are looking to take the plunge into a polished concrete floor, contact us today and we can help you pick the perfect color and finish for your space!

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