Concrete Polished Floors

Top 5 Questions About Concrete Polished Floors

One of the things DirectStone floor specialists particularly enjoy is talking to clients about their questions relating to concrete polished floors. There’s a lot of forums offering info online about polished concrete, some good, some not. So it’s great to be able to clear up any misinformation that’s floating around. What we find is that there are 5 key questions that come up again and again – so we thought we’d use the blog to offer our responses:

1. Does Polished Concrete Stain Easily?

This question gets raised a good deal with reference to laying concrete kitchen floors. Clients are concerned about grease stains which would be a particular problem in the kitchen.

Concrete is a porous material which means that it is susceptible to oil or acidic substances. The remedy for this is to apply a concrete sealer. These harden the surface of the flooring and provide protection against stains. They don’t stop stains entirely though, so spills should be wiped up as quickly as possible.

2. Can Any Concrete Be Polished?

Many of the clients DirectStone works with have existing concrete floors they want polishing. These may have been covered with tiles, or lain under a carpet for decades.

Frustrating we know, but there’s no ‘yes/no’ answer to this. That’s why DirectStone floor specialists always take a look at your existing concrete floor before making promises. We are able to repair cracks or chips to concrete flooring, and we can usually restore concrete that’s looking worse for wear. Even if the slab is not suitable for polishing, we’ll look for an alternative, such as concrete overlays.

3. Is Polished Concrete Slippery?

The high gloss finish which is so popular with clients, is also a source of concern. People ask whether it can cause slips when used outside, especially near a pool which will splash the surface.

The truth is that although the high gloss polished concrete finish looks slippery, it is no more likely to cause slips than any other finish. When we lay polished concrete patios, we can integrate a fine grit into the sealer. This small amount of friction makes the surface safe for children running around barefoot, even when wet.

4. How Disruptive is the Polishing Process?

This is a question that our commercial clients in particular are concerned about. Understandably they want to know whether they’ll lose business as a result of concrete polishing.

First, it’s important to say that we always work around business schedules. The DirectStone team will use downtime periods to do the work so that your customers will hardly know there’s been a disruption. Second, we maintain a virtually dust-free environment throughout the polishing process, thanks to HEPA filtered extraction. So there’s no big clean-up needed once we’ve finished.

5. Is There a Lot of Maintenance Needed With Concrete Polished Floors

Both commercial and residential clients want to be reassured that they’re not shackling themselves to expensive and time-consuming cleaning regimes.

It always delights us to tell clients that concrete polished floors are surprisingly low maintenance. They need to be kept dust-free as tiny particles of grit can scratch the surface over time. So your polished concrete flooring needs brushing regularly, and mopping once every few days. The concrete sealer protection will wear over time, so this will need to be professionally replaced every 3-5 years.

If you have any questions we haven’t covered, or you’d like to talk to us about a specific concrete polished flooring project, call our friendly team on 01525 20863920

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