Concrete is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax flooring material! Thanks to recent advances in polishing equipment and techniques, you can now grind concrete floor surfaces— whether new or old—to a high-gloss finish that never needs waxes or coatings. Factor in the superior durability and performance of concrete, and it’s no wonder why more houses shops, warehouses, offices, and other commercial facilities are opting for polished concrete as an alternative to marble, granite, tile, or linoleum. Even homeowners are catching on to the benefits of these smooth, high-luster floors.
As with any other specialized technique, polishing is a multi-step process requiring use of the proper tools and procedures. To help get you started, this guide presents basic steps that have been used successfully by experienced polishing contractors. However, concrete is not a uniform product. Each job will present different conditions and challenges that may require you to modify these basic procedures.
Polishing concrete is very similar to sanding wood. Machine s equipped with diamond-segmented abrasives (akin to sandpaper) are used to grind down concrete surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness. As when sanding wood, you gradually progress from coarser-grit to finer-grit abrasives. (In this case, grit is the particle size of the diamond.) The result is a glossy, mirror-like finish. The Benefits of Polishing Ease of maintenance is the key reason why many warehouses and retail facilities are choosing polished concrete. Not only are polished floors easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping or buffing with a neutral pH floor cleaner, they also hold up extremely well to heavy forklift and foot traffic. And they eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings—as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. Decorative Options With Polished Concrete You can enhance the lustrous beauty of polished concrete by using various colouring products and specialty treatments.
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