Concrete Floor Maintenance

The majority of new building construction begins with a solid concrete slab foundation. While many building owners choose to cover the slab with floor materials such as carpet, wood, tile, or linoleum, an increasing number of people are choosing to polish the concrete or use an epoxy coating.

Polished concrete and concrete epoxy coatings come in a wide variety of styles and colors that greatly enhance the aesthetic appeal of homes, schools, businesses, and industrial institutions. From highly polished metallic finishes to solid color and flake flooring systems, the combination of options is endless, and it’s quite possible to create a unique, one-of-a-kind floor with every installation.

Concrete Floor Care Basics

Concrete is made of Portland cement and crushed stone. It is not difficult to seal correctly, with a topical sealer/finish to enhance the floor and provide protection. Concrete is extremely porous. DO NOT use any butyl degreasers on concrete. The following explains how to maintain and seal concrete.

Maintenance:

  1. Sweep the floor with a dust mop.
  2. Dilute Unitex Daily Clean at 4 oz per gallon of water.
  3. Mop or us an automatic scrubber to apply Unitex Daily Clean to the floor.

Sealing:

  1. Sweep the floor using a dust mop.
  2. Scrub the floor using Unitex Green Magic diluted at 8 oz per gallon of water in conjunction with a single disc floor machine or automatic scrubber.
  3. Pick up dirty solution with a wet/dry vacuum.
  4. Rinse with clear water at least twice to remove all residue.
  5. Allow the floor to dry.
  6. Apply Unitex Reflection undiluted using a microfiber applicator, mop, or gravity fed applicator.
  7. Allow to dry 2 hours until tack-free.
  8. Add additional coats of Unitex Reflection until desired level of gloss is achieved (generally about 3 coats). 
  9. Allow 48 hours of cure time before heavy traffic and overnight dry before light foot traffic is allowed.

 

In the event of any cracks or spalls (when small pieces of the concrete break off), contact a concrete flooring specialist to perform the repair and prevent further damage to your floors. The longer the damage goes untreated, the worse it can become.

To learn more about specific concrete flooring systems, contact a Jon-Don Concrete Specialist at 800-556-6366.