Polished concrete is an exceptionally durable and attractive flooring choice in both homes and businesses. It is also very economical. Since many properties are built over concrete slabs, it is far less expensive to polish the concrete to a beautiful, high-luster shine than to cover it with carpet, tile, or other flooring option.
The polishing process involves the use of coarse diamond abrasives that grind the concrete in several steps; first, to eliminate minor pits, blemishes, stains, and other imperfections in the floor, and then to polish the floor to a high-gloss finish.
Polished concrete is an extremely versatile flooring choice, and allows the property owner to choose the level of sheen, from satin to high gloss, depending on the level of reflectivity desired. Additionally, dyes and intricate patterns can be added that create a unique appearance or even imitate the look of polished stone.
Since there is no floor finish or wax that requires periodic stripping and re-application, polished concrete requires very little maintenance. In fact, many polished concrete floors can last as long as ten years before needing any sort of restorative maintenance.
Polished Concrete Maintenance Tips:
- Place walk-off mats at entryways.
This will help reduce the dirt and debris that gets tracked into the building.
- Dry mop daily to remove particulate soils.
Over time, these soils can scratch and abrade the surface, interfering with the luster of the floor and giving it a dull appearance.
- Clean spills immediately.
Although concrete densifiers help to enhance the stain-resistance of the floor, polished concrete is still porous, so any spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent the possibility of staining.
The polishing process requires heavy-duty machinery and technical expertise, so Jon-Don recommends that concrete polishing be done by trained concrete flooring professionals only.
Jon-Don has a wide selection of concrete polishing equipment to help specialty concrete flooring professionals effortlessly polish concrete surfaces both large and small. We also have an extensive line of equipment available for rent daily, weekly, or even monthly.
Training Opportunity: Concrete Polishing Skills is a hands-on course that will teach professionals how to successfully use diamond tooling to create a beautiful, high-shine polish on concrete floors. Technicians will also learn how to patch and repair damage as well as dye the concrete to any color desired.
The Scan Combiflex 330 from Scanmaskin is a 13-inch floor grinder that is ideal for small spaces and lots of edge work. You can quickly adjust the all-steel dust shroud and handle for left- or right-side edge work. Expect production rates between 270–430 square feet per hour.
- 13-inch grinding path
- Solid steel dust shroud
- Production rates between 270–430 sq ft per hour
- Available in 110V and 230V models
Starting at: $2,899.97
The Scan Combiflex 18 from Scanmaskin is an ultra-tough, all-steel floor grinder that is engineered to put more torque on the floor—not on your hip! This 18-inch machine delivers production rates of around 300–556 square feet per hour.
- 18-inch cutting path
- 230-volt configuration
- Delivers 300–1,100 RPM
- Stainless steel dust shroud
No external power? No problem! The Scan Combiflex 650 Propane is 100% fueled by propane. This heavy-duty grinder weighs a hefty 840 lbs and features a 26-inch grinding path. It is ideally suited for residential and light-duty commercial jobs both indoors and outside.
- Productivity rates: 750–1,290 sq ft/hr
- Weight: 840 lbs
- Grinding path: 26 inches
- Holds up to 18 tools
- Solid steel construction—even the dust shroud!