Polished Concrete FAQs – Everything You Need To Know

23 November, 2022

Polished concrete is a popular construction material that is made by treating and polishing the concrete surface. The smooth, shiny surface is durable and easy to maintain, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas. Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about polished concrete.

What are the benefits of polished concrete?

Polished concrete has many benefits, including durability and low maintenance, sustainability, light reflectivity, ease of cleaning and low life cycle costs. Additionally, polished concrete comes in a variety of colours and finishes, making it a versatile construction material.

Where can polished concrete be used?

  • The most common places polished concrete is used include:
  • Large warehouses and distribution centres
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Office buildings
  • Auto showrooms

How long does polished concrete last?

When properly maintained, polished concrete can last for 20 or more years. However, the lifespan of polished concrete may be reduced if it is not properly cared for or if it sustains heavy damage.

How to polish a concrete floor?

Polishing concrete is a process that uses machines equipped with diamond-segmented abrasives to grind down the surface of the concrete. The process starts with a coarse grit and progresses to a finer grit. The result is either a glossy, mirror-like finish or a matt finish, dependent upon the requirement of the user. The process of polishing concrete is very similar to sanding wood. The main difference is the type of abrasive that is used. Diamond abrasives are much harder than sandpaper and are able to grind down the concrete much faster.

How to maintain polished concrete?

Thankfully, it is not difficult to do and only requires some basic upkeep. The key is to avoid letting abrasive materials come into contact with the surface of the concrete. Spills can cause serious damage to the surface, and it is important to clean them up as soon as possible. Staining agents and acidic etching agents can penetrate the surface and cause permanent staining. These types of spills should be removed immediately to minimise the damage.

Dust and debris should also be removed regularly to prevent build-up. The best way to remove spills and debris is with a microfibre pad or a dry mop. For regular cleaning, an automatic floor scrubber with a pad drive board and a Twister Green cleaning pad can be used.

At TPS360, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about polished concrete. We understand that this type of flooring can be new and unfamiliar to many people, and we want to make sure you feel confident and informed about your choices. If you have any further questions, our team here at TPS360 would be happy to answer them.

We have extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of polished concrete floors, and we would be more than happy to share our knowledge with you.

Simply give us a call or send us an email, and we will be happy to help you in any way we
can. We hope you will consider TPS360 for your next project!

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