If you want to achieve the ultimate finish for your floor, then polished concrete must be considered.
The process is lengthy, but the end results are simply stunning. You will be left with a seamless flooring area that can only be offered by this method and also the ability to incorporate your indoor and outdoor space without the need for any joints or grout lines.
Every section of polished concrete is different, and for this reason, you can rest assured you will have something totally unique to your home, and because it is so durable, it will last for years to come.
What is polished concrete?
Polished concrete is a type of concrete that has been ground and smoothed until there are no rough edges.
Polished concrete can be used for flooring, countertops, or any other surface where you want to mimic the look of fine stone but don’t want all the maintenance it requires.
Polished concrete is a very durable surface, and it can be used in both the interior and exterior of your home.
When polished to look like natural stone, this concrete has the same texture as marble or granite but is much more affordable. The most significant difference between the two is that polished concrete won’t have grout lines while natural stone will, but you can still use the different colors in polished concrete to create a grout line look.
Because the surface is smooth, it will be easy to clean and maintain. The only maintenance you would need to do on this type of flooring (or countertops) is occasional sealing every few years.
Benefits of polished concrete
Though concrete surfaces are often considered to be cold and uninviting, a well-polished surface is anything but. Polishing creates an attractive reflective surface that can provide both heat in the wintertime and cool relief during hot summer days. While concrete surfaces are well-suited to retaining heat, they also can reflect heat from direct sunlight.
Although the cost of polished concrete is more than that of stained concrete, it is an excellent investment and needs little or no maintenance, and it can be used with any interior or exterior design.
Polished concrete pros and cons
Polished concrete is a versatile surface that can be used for public spaces as well as domestic households. These surfaces are durable and have a natural beauty. In addition to its durability, polished concrete also has an excellent slip resistance coefficient and can withstand acid rain better than any other material.
The pros and cons of using polished concrete should be considered if you are looking for a new technique to use in your home or workplace.
-Low-cost alternative to tiling
-High slip resistance -Polished concrete is used in areas where people are likely to slip and fall, e.g. public spaces, hospitals, kitchens, pool areas.
-Bacteria and mildew resistant
-Not easy to install
How to maintain your polished concrete floor after installation
After installing your polished concrete floor, it’s essential to maintain the shine and keep dirt at bay.
Here are a few pointers on how you can do that:
Keep dirt from building up in the first place by sweeping or vacuuming with a wet-dry vacuum, depending on your floor’s location. Sweep more often if you have pets or children. Do not use ordinary housekeeping chemicals like detergent and bleach to clean floors because they can dull the finish’s shine. You can use dishwashing liquid with warm water or rinse the floor lightly with plain water to clean any spills.
What about using a vacuum cleaner? When vacuuming, just make sure you don’t touch the surface of your concrete floor, as this can result in scratches and make it look dull again. For a cleaning solution, use only plain water or a mild detergent diluted in warm water.
Another trick you can use to remove surface dirt on your polished concrete floor is a mixture of baking soda and water – dampen a cloth, squirt some solution on it, then rub in a circular motion with the mixture; let sit for 5 minutes, then wipe off and rinse with plain water. This will clean the floor without degrading the gloss.
Concrete polishing is a big job that takes professional knowledge and experience to complete. Why not let The Miami Concreters help you transform your concrete surface into something spectacular? With our experienced team of professionals we will get the job done right the first time! Contact us today for more information on how we can turn your dream into a reality.