Is the Polished Concrete Maintenance Program really necessary?
The short answer is Yes, you definitely need one. But before we jump to any conclusions, let’s get a better understanding of the concrete polishing process.
Our article “Polished Concrete – The Complete Guide” actually explains everything you need to know about polished concrete, if you are interested. But basically, “polished concrete is a multi-step process where a concrete floor is mechanically ground, honed, and polished with bonded abrasives and professional equipment such as heavy walk-behind grinders. This process also includes the use of a concrete densifier/hardener which penetrates into the concrete and creates a chemical reaction to help harden and dustproof the surface and achieve different levels of sheen/gloss. “
It is true polished concrete floors are often considered a low-maintenance option, but they are by no means maintenance-free. From the brief description above we can at least point out three keywords (“Densifier”, “Gloss Level”, and “Walk-behind Grinder”) that could serve as hints for potential problems if the facility owners don’t have a proper polished concrete maintenance program in place.
- Keyword “Densifier” – Concrete is porous by nature. Although during the concrete polishing process, it’s been hardened and densified, the surface is exposed to wear and staining over time. The polished floor surface needs proper cleaning, re-densify, and re-burnish regularly. Only a properly laid out maintenance program will guarantee the quality and longevity of the floor.
- Keyword “Gloss Level” – The beautiful reflectivity of polished concrete can indirectly contribute to lowering lighting requirements in a facility. So maintaining the initial gloss or Distinctness of Image (DOI) of the floor is essential. This can only be accomplished with a proper facility polished concrete maintenance plan.
- Keyword “Walk-behind Grinder” – Polished concrete is considered a long-term sustainable option that does not require replacement, however, the restoration process is disruptive and costly. As soon as concrete grinding equipment is required, costs will increase dramatically. The restoration process also requires partial or entire facility shutdown and suspension of operations.
Polished concrete floors have been the number one choice for large facilities from warehouses, data centers, and large surface retailers. More and more retailers, restaurants, fleet management shops, and office facilities are opting for polished concrete flooring in recent years.
Having a proper polished concrete maintenance program is critical to the overall longevity and quality of your polished concrete floor. It is essential to consult with a professional who will be able to advise you on procedures, equipment, and the proper chemicals to ensure the greatest success long term.
AI Coating offers Polished Concrete Maintenance Programs tailored to meet each customer’s long-term concrete polishing maintenance needs. Our maintenance programs range from Full-Service Solutions to Self-Service with Support Programs. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation and find the most suited program for your facility.