Tips for Cleaning Concrete Flooring
Concrete flooring is a great choice for many commercial properties thanks to its durability and low-maintenance design. This is partly thanks to concrete having big advantages of being non-flammable and incredibly hard to crack or break. Thereby making it a solid choice of flooring for those in the manufacturing, industrial, and other heavy-duty industries. But low-maintenance does not mean no maintenance and there are some things to keep in mind when cleaning concrete floors, whether with conventional tools or the latest automatic floor scrubber.
Tips and General Know-How for Cleaning Concrete Flooring
- Use a neutral pH cleaner. First, know the type of concrete flooring you have and any sealers or polishers you have on it and whether any of those have negative reactions to certain chemicals. It’s a good idea to test new products on a small sample area before applying them to the whole of the floor. If you’re unsure and for all small stains, stick to a neutral pH cleaner.
- Regularly sweep and vacuum. Daily or twice daily sweeping and vacuuming will really help keep your concrete flooring looking and staying clean. You should always sweep before washing or use more powerful cleaning equipment like a floor scrubber.
- Sawdust, cat litter, or powdered dish detergent can wipe out ugly stains on unpolished concrete. If you have an oil, grease, or similar stain that is just not coming off, then all three of these are cheap yet effective methods. When using sawdust or cat litter, you’ll want to leave the product on the stain overnight. Then, vacuum up the sawdust or cat litter and follow with a moist rag. When using powder dish detergent, let it sit for an hour and then vacuum and mop. Act fast for the best result.
- Don’t use acidic chemicals on polished concrete flooring. Polished concrete flooring is great because it doesn’t stain as easily as unpolished concrete. But when it does, it can be tough to get those stains out. Avoid using any type of acidic compound, including bleach, ammonia, and vinegar. Instead, go back to our neutral pH comment and pick either a dish soap or a stone-specific gentle cleaner. We highly recommend using a floor scrubber on polished concrete flooring as well as it’s important not to let cleaners sit too long on the concrete itself. Cleaners should first do a sweep and then quickly use the floor scrubber to add detergent and vacuum it back up for a quick and thorough clean.
- Schedule regular buffings. A floor scrubber can get your polished floor looking clean and sparkling, but only a high-speed buffing machine can truly give it that extra shine. How often you rebuff your concrete coating and seal will depend upon the foot traffic in your commercial location. Check your manufacturer’s instructions or talk to a local concrete flooring professional to get the best personalized estimate.
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