How do I clean my floor?
Cleaning polished concrete floors is relatively simple; either by vacuuming or using a microfibre dust mop as dust can accumulate and wet mopping once per week with a pH neutral floor cleaning, followed by mopping with clean, warm water with damp mop. Please note that water cannot be applied on your floor for the first three days after your floors have been completed to allow the chemical process to fully dry. This will ensure that there is no discoloration that can occur if water is applied too early.
pH neutral cleaners are essential to be used. Any type of bleach detergent or acid based cleaners such as vinegar or ammonia will affect the surface of the floor. Any type of abrasive cleaning materials such as scourers or scrubbers will leave unsightly scuff marks and will affect the lustre of the floor
Spills and stains
If liquids such as tea, coffee, wine or soft drinks are spilled on to the floor, it is best to clean the spills as soon as possible, with clean warm water and a mop.
Orange and lemon juice or any acidic food or juice must be cleaned off the floor as soon possible as they can etch into the floor and cause possible damage.
Such as oil and red wine should be also cleaned as soon as possible as they can leave a discoloration on the floor if left for too long.
Also consider what cleaners are used in bathrooms, kitchens, en suites, laundries etc; as many cleaners are either acidic or alkaline agents and must be avoided. HPC takes no responsibility in floor damage which is as a result of using cleaning agents that are not conducive with maintaining your floors. As stated above, we only recommend using a pH neutral floor cleaner which you can 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 my floor crack?
This is unfortunately something that is not guaranteed. Concrete may not crack for many years and then suddenly hairline cracks can appear in the floor. This is generally because of ground movement and the reactivity of the soil the slab is laid on. If all measures are taken to minimise cracks while the slab is prepared, poured, finished and cured, the slab is still not guaranteed not to crack over time.
Is polished concrete slippery?
Polished concrete floors are generally not slippery under foot unless it is wet. If your floor does gets wet, it is no different to any other hard floor surface and can be slippery. Please note, having dogs inside is a risk if they run around in the home a lot as they can slide on the floor and can result in injuries. HPC takes no responsibility for the above stated.
Is it cold underfoot?
Polished concrete isn’t 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, it will stay cool in summer. You can also have hydronic heating placed within the floor in the design stage for new builds.
Can I have polished concrete outside?
Polished concrete is best suited for indoor use only since it can be a slippery surface when wet. To complement your polished floors inside, it is recommended 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 is smooth to walk on.