Polished concrete is a versatile flooring solution; more versatile than it is often given credit for. It is ideal for heavy-duty workplaces like warehouses and industrial premises, but it also provides an attractive, trendy look in retail environments, bars and hotels. But how do you polish concrete floors? Let EasyMix Concrete talk you through it.
Are polished concrete floors slippery?
Polished concrete is not slippery, despite the sheen. To further minimise the chances of slipping on polished concrete, you can use products like anti-slip conditioner – applied periodically, this helps to increase grip on the surface. In high-footfall areas, consider using rubber mats to ensure people stay upright on your shiny floor.
Will polished concrete floors crack?
Polished concrete floors are no more susceptible to cracking than any other type of concrete floor. If you respect the curing time of your concrete floor on installation, the chances of cracking will be lower, but cracks will likely occur at some point over the years. Of course, you can seal cracks easily to keep your concrete floor looking its best.
Can polished concrete be used outside?
You can use polished concrete outdoors, but it’s recommended that you don’t install a high-sheen flooring outside, instead opting for a matte or low-sheen finish. When a high sheen floor is exposed to the elements, it’s likely that its appearance will be damaged and some of the sheen will be lost. With a low-sheen or matte finish, you’ll still retain the elegance of the surface with a lower risk of damage.
How should I clean my polished concrete floor?
Polished concrete floors have the benefit of being relatively low maintenance, which means you don’t have to worry about complex cleaning routines, or having to buy special equipment to keep your floor looking good. Using a combination of warm water and a pH-neutral cleaning solution, you can simply mop the floor clean to remove dust and dirt – do this regularly and your polished concrete floor will look fantastic at all times.
If you’re in the market for a polished concrete floor, or if you’re considering a new floor for your premises and you’d like some expert advice, talk to EasyMix today. We’re the experts in polished concrete flooring, and we’re always on hand to help you with anything you might need. We can advise you on what’s best for you, and we’ll provide the highest quality concrete flooring made specifically for your requirements.