If durability is what you are looking for in your flooring, then concrete floors are what you need. But even a hardy flooring like a concrete, still needs proper care if it has to give the best service for a long time.
So, what is the care you need to provide for your concrete floor? Let me give you some tips in this regard.
Maintenance will depend on certain factors like whether it is installed indoors or outside, how much traffic it attracts and so on.
1. Indoor Concrete Flooring
This is in all likelihood, decorative. It is also less likely to see much traffic as compared to exterior flooring, say in a commercial building. In such places, you will need to follow some simple steps:
- Clean the floor initially with a broom or dry mop in order to remove any dust particles.
- Rinse the mop wet, then wring it well, so that only a little dampness remains.
The floor can then be cleaned with the wet mop in sections by moving it back and forth several times. After a section is cleaned, it is preferable to dab it dry to prevent moisture from lingering. The entire floor is cleaned in this manner to give best results.
- A few drops of mild detergent, added to the water, can help remove dirt better, leaving your floor sparkling clean. It is advisable to mop with plain warm water after using detergent.
- If the water gets murky because of dirt particles, the water will need to be changed while cleaning.
2. Exterior Concrete Flooring
This tends to get more dirty because of more traffic. The steps for cleaning should be:
- Cleaning with a broom to remove dirt.
- Cleaning with water through a garden hose attached to a water source and released under pressure. Generally this should be sufficient for basic cleaning.
For very dirty surfaces, you can sprinkle a cleaner on the wet surface and use a push broom for better cleaning. If it is still dirty, you may consider renting a power washer.
3. Some Problems
- Scratching— This is best prevented by using soft cotton mop heads or towels for cleaning and drying. Rough synthetic material is likely to cause scratches.
- Stains— The usual method adopted is to use a mild bleach on the stained area. It is left for a few minutes, then scrubbed and cleaned, rendering the area stain free. Grease marks can be removed using one of the de-greasers readily available in the market.
- Loss of shine–This is occasionally encountered, particularly if some time has elapsed since having your concrete floor installed. To address this problem, you may need to have the floor re-sealed if required. A good sealant like one made of polyurethane, can last on an average up to 3 to 4 years. The floor may need to be re-sealed after that to restore the original shine and luster.
4. Additional Care
- Applying a good wax can also provide extra protection against wear and tear.
- It is better not to choose a design with cuts, where dirt can get trapped, particularly if you have pets. This will help easy and thorough cleaning.
There can be no two views about the durability of concrete floors or about their ease of maintenance. However, if you want the best out of your concrete floor, it is imperative that you follow the instructions of maintenance given by your contractor, which will probably be best suited for your floor.