Why You Need a Polished Concrete Floor Maintenance Plan
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Polished concrete floors are the most cost-effective and durable flooring option on the market. As of 2016, polished concrete floors accounted for 54.0% of the US market share1 and it has only increased since. Polished concrete floors have been the number one choice for large facilities from warehouses, data centers, and large surface retailers. In recent years, this flooring option has become popular for smaller commercial and residential flooring.
While polished concrete floors are often considered a low-maintenance2 option, they are by no means maintenance-free. Despite the popularity of this flooring, it is a common misconception that concrete floors require no maintenance. In fact, concrete floor maintenance is critical and essential to prolonging the look and longevity of a floor. Here are four reasons why you need a plan:
1. Protect your investment
Once the polished concrete floor has been installed or refurbished, you will want to ensure the floors’ longevity. Concrete is porous, even if it’s been hardened or densified. This singular characteristic makes concrete floors exposed to wear and staining over time. Without proper maintenance, your initial investment into polishing or restoring the floor will be a waste. Only a properly laid out maintenance program will guarantee the quality and longevity of the floor.
2. A plan is critical, but not complicated
Along with the misconception that concrete floors require no maintenance, there is an equally prevalent misconception that concrete floor maintenance programs are complicated. In fact, this is quite the opposite. A basic but effective plan can include readily available equipment, such as auto-scrubbers, a few key products, and targeted chemicals. Once a program has been established, maintenance crews simply need to routinely follow the steps.
3. Maintain a green standard
Polished concrete flooring contributes directly and indirectly towards LEED certification. Polished concrete is considered a long term sustainable option that does not require replacement. It is a material, when properly maintained that can last over 100 years3. All the more reason to regularly maintain it.
In addition, the reflectivity of polished concrete can indirectly contribute to lowering lighting requirements in a facility. In this case, maintaining the initial gloss or Distinctness of Image (DOI) of the floor is essential. This can only be accomplished with a proper facility maintenance plan.
4. Restoration is disruptive and costly
As soon as concrete grinding equipment is required, costs will increase dramatically. Concrete floor restoration is disruptive and expensive. The goal with a properly designed floor maintenance plan is to avoid lingering issues with the floor. With daily, weekly and monthly maintenance, many critical floor issues can be avoided before they become a real problem. Scuff marks can be greatly reduced and stains managed before they set.
Having a maintenance plan is critical to the overall longevity and quality of your concrete floor. It is essential to consult with a professional who will be able to advise you on scheduling, product sequencing, and the proper chemicals to ensure the greatest success long term. Using the right daily system developed by experienced concrete maintenance specialists will make your floor more durable, save you money and enhance your facility’s appearance.
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