Published On: Mon, Apr 3rd, 2017

Commercial Flooring: Concrete flooring a solution to Sustainability

Concrete is popular due to its versatility. It is durable and will take a tank over it. Due to this nature, it is widely used in flooring in warehouses, big box stores and garages.  Since this is almost indestructible, it is possible that you have made a long term investment. They also save money by heating up in winters and staying cooler in summers.

The initial cost of setting up the floor may be a little high. But when you weigh it against the fact that you will never have to replace it, the cost factor goes down substantially. And concrete doesn’t favor dust mites and pests.

Polished concrete floors require regular maintenance so that they can retain their shine.  And the good news is that they are easier to maintain than other types of floors with no requirements for waxing or sealers.

photo courtesy of www.absrestoration.com

Daily dust mopping and wet mopping are required to keep the floor shining. Although just water may do the job, using a neutral-ph cleaner on polished concrete is the right approach. Using a soft mop cloth to avoid any scratches is suggested. The amount of cleaning and maintenance required is mostly dependent on the amount of traffic. Clean water and mops are preferable to keep the surface shining. If a spill occurs, clean the floor as quickly as possible to avoid the liquid from seeping into the floor.

Using a film-forming sealer and a coat of floor finish or wax will keep the floor resistant to stains, chemicals and abrasions. It is worth mentioning that  polished concrete floors are easier to maintain than other types of decorative floors.  

Concrete staining requires a few steps to complete.

  • The first step is to scrub the area clean and remove dirt, grime, grease, or mildew with a non-residue cleaner and a stiff bristled brush. For tougher stains, use a pressure washer and degreaser. Dress yourself appropriately with protective gears and then handle the acid. To four parts of water, mix one part of acid in a plastic sprinkling can.
  • Water the concrete surface again.  Using the sprinkler, shower the surface with acid. You will notice bubbling. The acid solution will etch for 20-30 minutes to neutralize the concrete’s alkalinity.
  • Allow the floor to dry for 48 hours and sweep off any residual powder.
  • Apply the concrete stain using a roller or brush in a pattern or design of your choice.

Decorative epoxy creates a mosaic like floor topping for concrete floors. This layer can be pigmented and colored with chips of marble and granite, recycled glass, mother of pearl and other synthetic substances. It shares a common feature with concrete in that it is virtually indestructible too. It is suitable for use in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. It is durable, has long life and requires minimal maintenance. Available in various colors and designs, it is a popular choice for decorative flooring installations.

Author: Sophia Moore




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  1. Teresa says:

    Well Done! i got the point

  2. 3 Essential Tips for Working with Concrete | The Global Dispatch says:

    […] with a small project first. If you dive head-first into a large project without knowing what you’re doing, you might end up wasting all the money you spent on concrete […]

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