The amazing beauty of a decorative concrete floor is something for the eye to behold! A nagging question that always seems to come up is “How long will it maintain its elegance?” This is a question that so many times does not get addressed in the sales presentation or even discussed at the time of completion. Let me share some wisdom in this area...
Without exception every decorative concrete floor has a protective sealer or a sacrificial wear surface and must be cleaned and cared for just like any other flooring material. Without this protective surface and regular TLC the floor color would be exposed to everyday grit and grime which would be ground into the floor by constant foot traffic.
This blog will not address the process of resealing a decorative floor once it has been damaged but I will discuss the best practices regarding regular cleaning and preventative maintenance. (I'll address that in a later blog.)
Keeping a decorative concrete floor clean on a regular basis is a relatively simple process but I would recommend you first visit with the contractor who installed your floor to obtain written maintenance instructions for the specific products and colors used for your floor. The last thing you need is to have a problem with the floor and then have the contractor pin the problem back on you for not maintaining the floor correctly. This important discussion should take place initially at the sales presentation and again at completion of the job...not when there is a problem.
To start with-most decorative concrete floor systems should be allowed to cure for 14 days from time of final installation for the new flooring system to fully cure before application of maintenance products.
Here’s a few handy tips for keeping your new decorative concrete floor looking good that most people don’t know about.
Bottom Line Advice:
Care for your decorative concrete floor as you would any other stone, tile, or hardwood floor. With proper care and maintenance, your new decorative concrete floor can last a lifetime. Enjoy!!
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