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How should polished concrete floors be cleaned?

Cleaning polished concrete floors is relatively simple. Vacuuming or using a microfibre dust mop is best, as dust can accumulate on the floors. It is best to use a wet mop once per week with a pH-neutral floor cleanser, followed by using a damp mop rinsed in clean, warm water.

Please note that water cannot be applied on polished concrete floors for the first three days after the floor polishing is complete. This time allows the chemical process to fully dry and will ensure that no discolouration of the finish that could occur if water is applied to the floors too early.

Only using pH-neutral cleaning agents are essential. Do NOT use any bleach detergent or acid-based cleaners such as vinegar or ammonia. These cleansers will damage the surface of the floor. Do no use abrasive cleaning materials such as scourers or scrubbers will leave unsightly scuff marks and diminish the lustre of the floor.

How should spills and stains be handled with polished concrete flooring?

If liquids such as tea, coffee, wine or soft drinks spill on the floor, clean the spills as soon as possible, with clean, warm water and a mop.

Reactive Stains: Orange and lemon juice or any acidic food or juice must be cleaned off the floor quickly, as they can etch into the floor and cause damage.

Penetrating Stains: Oils and red wine should also be cleaned immediately, as they can leave a discolouration on polished concrete floors.

Carefully consider what cleaners will be used in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Many cleaning products contain acidic or alkaline agents and MUST NOT be used. Haynes Polished Concrete takes no responsibility in floor damage, which results from using cleaning agents that are not conducive to maintaining polished concrete floors. We only recommend using a pH-neutral floor cleaner which is available for purchase at hardware stores, Bunnings or cleaning supply stores.

Is polished concrete fixable if it is damaged?

Yes, they are fixable if chips occur; however, there is no guarantee the chipped area will look exactly like the floor around it. Polished concrete floors are generally the hardest floor on the market if done correctly.

Will the polished concrete floors crack?

Unfortunately, a concrete floor not cracking is something that cannot be guaranteed. Concrete may not crack for many years and then suddenly hairline cracks may appear in the floor. When cracking occurs, it is generally because of ground movement and the reactivity of the soil the slab is laid on. Even if all measures are taken by the contractors that pour the concrete to minimise cracks while the concete slab is prepared, poured, finished and cured, the slab is still not guaranteed not to crack over time.

Are polished concrete floor slippery?

Polished concrete floors are generally not slippery underfoot unless it is wet. If the floor does get wet, it is no different from any other hard floor surface and can be slippery.  Please note, having cats or dogs inside is a risk if they run around in the home often, as they can slide on the floor and can result in injuries.

Are concrete floors cold underfoot?

Polished concrete is not as cold as one may assume due to its thermal mass. It retains heat from the sunlight and slowly emits radiant heat throughout the night in winter. For this same reason, the floor will stay cool in summer. New homeowners can also opt to have hydronic heating placed within the floor in the design stage for new home builds.

Is it possible to have polished concrete floors in the areas outside the home?

Polished concrete is best suited for indoor use only since it can be a slippery surface when wet. To complement the polished concrete floors inside, we recommend to have either a grind and seal outside with a clear, slip-resistant sealer used or a Pavilion Finish which gives the same grit factor as exposed aggregate but the surface is smooth to walk on.

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