Polish Isn’t Just For Her Nails

By: Sarah Carlye

Concrete floors may not look good in candy apple red or passion purple, like nails do, but concrete can look good polished. Concrete floors are durable and can take a lot of abuse. It is the flooring choice for many businesses. It is also cost effective. The problem is that untreated concrete floors are not very attractive. Polishing adds a finished look.

Polishing improves the look of concrete like sanding improves the look of wood. On stained or dyed concrete, it can bring out the beauty of the color and design. Even a natural grey concrete floor will look better polished. Various degrees of shine can be achieved when an experienced and skilled concrete polisher does the polishing. A polish compound can be added to the final step to give the concrete floor added shine.

Polished concrete floors are replacing the following types of floors:

• Carpet
• Ceramic tile
• Vinyl and linoleum
• Wood and wood laminate
• Natural stone

Polished concrete is more durable and easier to care for than the above types of flooring. When a concrete floor is polished, it eliminates the need of a topical coating. Most concrete floors can be polished. There are some floors that are not good polishing candidates. Here are the concrete floors that are unable to be successfully polished:

• Ridged or wavy concrete floors
• Damaged floors
• Heavily cracked concrete floors
• Very porous concrete

The polishing process for concrete floors includes allowing a new concrete floor to “cure” for at least 28 days and cleaning the floor thoroughly to remove all grease, coatings, and blemishes. Minor repairs should be done (if large repairs are needed, the concrete floor will probably not polish well). After the first step of polishing is done, some contractors will apply a hardener that will offer extra protection from water absorption and prevent the need for dusting of the concrete floor during polishing.

To find out more about concrete floors and concrete floor polishing, go to ConcreteFloorSolutions.com. You can receive a free quote in within 24 hours.

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