What is polished concrete?
Polished concrete is a process which enhances the natural beauty of existing concrete by hardening and creating on the concrete surface a sheen to the concrete.
There are two primary methods to create this sheen: Topical or Mechanical. While both methods will provide a sealed floor, mechanical polished concrete is preferred in most applications due to its extended longevity, low maintenance, sustainability, and stunning esthetic. Just as every slab of marble or granite is unique, each polished concrete floor contains its own characteristics. This stone-like, mottled appearance is very appealing, and adds character to the floor.
Is polished concrete good for the environment?
Polished concrete is one of the most sustainable flooring options today. Though concrete itself is a bit controversial, polishing the structural slab of the building, instead of harvesting resources to cover it, prevents waste, is extremely long lasting, and is incredibly LEED compliant.
What maintenance is required for polished concrete?
Routine mopping. There is nothing more required in order to keep the polished look of concrete.
How do I maintain polished concrete?
Polished concrete is one of the easiest concrete systems to maintain. It does not require aggressive cleaners or brushes to lift dirt away. The best daily maintenance is simply using a dust mop with some gritless sweeping compound to remove dirt and debris.
If polished concrete is used in a public building, an autoscrubber can be used with super soft brushes and a gentle cleaner designed for polished concrete, to suspend dirt off the floor and squeegee it up.
There is no stripping or waxing needed
HUGE Maintenance Savings
Why would I use polished concrete instead of VCT?
Polished concrete is one of the most durable flooring systems when compared with traditional flooring finishes.
VCT requires continuous stripping, waxing, and buffing to maintain its appearance. It also wears more quickly than polished concrete, and must be reinstalled at the same price as the initial installation. VCT eventually ends up in landfills and requires additional materials to be harvested and transported upon replacement. Polished concrete will retain its sheen with minimal maintenance, and should a repolish ever become necessary, it can be done at a fraction of the original installation price, with very little waste.
Can all concrete floors be polished?
The short answer is yes. Floors which are saturated with oil, or are in environments where they will constantly be exposed to acids, are probably not ideal for a polished concrete floor system. Whether new construction or a 100 year old slab, most concrete floors can benefit greatly from the aesthetic, durability, and longevity of polishing.
When do you use polish concrete instead of epoxy or another coating?
Unless a slab is going to be continually exposed to acid, oils, or corrosive materials, polished concrete will often save a company in the long run on its flooring costs.
Coatings will eventually wear away from the surface and must be reapplied frequently to be maintained. Polished concrete has nothing on the surface so it is unsurpassed in its ability to hold up to fork lifts, foot traffic, and wheeled carts. The lifecycle of polished concrete will exceed almost any coating on the market, and has no VOCs.
With polished concrete, company operations do not need to be shut down for the installation, whereas coatings must be restricted from traffic until they have properly dried and cured.