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Maintenance for Concrete Flooring Any type of flooring, including low-maintenance decorative concrete, requires proper maintenance to keep it looking great. Needs vary between residential and commercial concrete floors, as well as among the varying concrete flooring finishes. Homeowners looking to protect their finish from abrasions, chemicals, and stain, should apply a film-forming sealer topped with finish or wax. Caring for Stained...

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photo credit: Fougeron Architecture FAIA The shine on a polished concrete floor can last for up to 15 years. After this time, you can redo the process, which will not be as lengthy a project as it was first time around. Typically, it will only take a few resin steps to achieve the desired end result. Unlike epoxy coating or VCT, which will usually cost the same regardless of how often you do it, a second polished concrete floor...

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photo credit: CTA Architects Engineers Your polished concrete floor will have a hardness and density unlike any other floor of its kind. If you properly care for your floor, it can last a lifetime. However, you will need to maintain the floor in order to ensure maximum longevity. Continue reading about polished concrete...

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photo credit: Christopher Simmonds Architect This is a common misconception since the shine makes the floor appear slippery. In reality, mechanically grinding the floor gets rid of high and low spots, which makes the surface less slippery than a VCT tile floor. Various testing procedures have shown that polished concrete floors meet and even exceed OSHA standards for slip resistance. Continue reading about polished concrete...

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photo credit: emily jagoda We do not recommend using polished concrete with a high sheen outdoors, but low-sheen and matte are fine for exterior use. There are a host of other concrete applications that can be used outdoors as well, including saw cuts and exposed aggregates. Continue reading about polished concrete...

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photo credit: Sarah Natsumi Moore Yet another advantage of the polished concrete flooring system is the ease of maintenance. You don’t need powerful cleaners or brushes to remove dirt; instead, you can perform daily maintenance by using a dust mop and sweeping compounds to get rid of dirt and debris. If the polished concrete is in a public building, you can use an autoscrubber with soft brushes and a special polished concrete cleaner...

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photo credit: Portland Closet & Home Storage Designers Our customers are constantly surprised by how clean the process actually is. Admittedly, slurry will be created, but the dry-grind process uses a vacuum system and a grinder to deal with all but 2 percent of airborne particles. The remaining dust is easily cleaned, and unlike coatings such as epoxy, there will be no foul odor. Continue reading about polished concrete...

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photo credit: Culver City Architects & Building Designers The vast majority of concrete floors can be polished, though there are exceptions. For example, floors that are saturated with oil or located in an area where the surface has been exposed to acids are not prime candidates. However, concrete floors, whether new or decades old, can typically benefit from polishing, as it improves appearance, longevity, and durability....

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