The following is information taken from technical cleaning data from our major suppliers on how to clean resinous/polymeric flooring systems.
WHY CLEAN YOUR FLOOR?
Appearance: Your floor will look its best when it is clean. The floor PCS has installed assures you of a safe long-life system that will continue to look and perform as it did when it was first installed.
Safety: Emulsifying, rinsing and drying your floor properly will reduce the risk of a slip or fall incident.
Service life: The lifetime of your floor will depend upon how well you clean it, particularly in aggressive use areas such as a garage, kitchen or work shop.
The floors we apply do not require special maintenance beyond normal cleaning. Detergents and caustic cleaning solutions may be used as needed. Some contaminates such as acids and some solvents may discolor the surface of the floor without causing damage to the floor itself. For spot cleaning with solvent, use xylene (xylo), isopropyl alcohol or paint thinner to remove tar or tire marks.
FLOOR CLEANING PROCESS
- Sweeping – always sweep the floor thoroughly before cleaning either with a medium stiff bristle push broom or regular broom (for small areas).
- Application – Apply an over the counter cleaning product (such as Mr. Clean) product diluted in warm water according to product instructions.
- Dwell Time – If heavy grime, allow cleaner to sit for appropriate time to loosen grime.
- Agitation – Use a power washer, medium stiff bristle push broom or floor scrubber (see chart) to loosen dirt, grime or oily residues. Do not use a mop or sponge mop.
- Removal – Remove the dirty water from the floor (see chart).
- Rinsing – Rinse with clear warm water and remove from floor to allow it to dry. It is imperative that you rinse a floor to avoid slip and slide from soap residues.
- A winter recommendation on a cold floor: Sweep floor as in No. 1 then liberally apply clean snow to area and sweep with the medium stiff bristle push broom. It works! The snow acts as a type of sweeping compound – the ice crystals pick up the dirt. Then simply dispose of the dirty snow outside your garage.
- Use of a wet/dry vacuum will be of great aid or squeegee water to a floor drain or appropriate disposal area.
|Sweeping||Broom, dust brush||Floor sweeper, broom|
|Application||Deck brush, sprayer||Floor scrubber|
|Dwell time||Only to loosen grime||Same|
|Agitation||Scrub with broom, rotary floor machine or power washer, 1,500 psi||Automatic floor scrubber, power washer, 1,500 psi|
|Removal||Squeegee, soft neoprene, wet dry vacuum||Same as previous block|
|Rinsing||As described above||As described above|
- When using a power floor machine, brushes should be soft poly bristles. Do not use stiff nylon or metallic bristles. These types of brushes or aggressive pads will damage the floor finish.
- When using a power washer, do not exceed 1,500 psi and use a wide spray applicator. Use of higher psi or targeted spray nozzle can damage the floor.
- Use of a soft neoprene squeegee is appropriate and can be inexpensively purchased at Menards. Avoid the stiff barn cleaner type squeegee as it will not do the job.
- Following these simple instructions will assure you of a long lasting, hard wearing floor for years to come.
- Another option is to purchase what is called sponge squeegee which will not only absorb water but help direct water to drain or outside for additional cleanup.
Maintenance of Polished Concrete Floors
Things to remember about Polished Concrete Floors
- Concrete, polished or not, is a porous and reactive substrate.
- Regular foot traffic has a grit equivalency of 400g – 800g. This means that without regular maintenance, a polished concrete floor’s finish will degrade over time to a 400g in the highest traffic areas, necessitating restoration.
Spills and Staining
- There are two types of spills/stains to be aware of; reactive and penetrating.
- A reactive spill is when a corrosive substance comes in direct contact with the surface of the concrete and etches the substrate. This type of spill usually involves a strong acid or strong base but can be any corrosive substance.
- A penetrating spill is when colored material migrates into the pores and fissures of the concrete and give the affected portion a visibly different appearance, typically only in coloration.
Chemicals and Cleaners
- Polished Concrete floors should be cleaned with a neutral pH cleaner such as Twister Floor Conditioner. Regular usage of any cleaner too high or low ph will reduce a floor’s gloss prematurely and can lead to more serious damage.
- A sealer can be applied to protect against staining. Be sure to match the sealer with the type of staining most likely to occur. A purely penetrating sealer such as HTC Stain Guard protects well against penetrating stains and is simple to apply and maintain but provides no protection against reactive stains while a semi-topical sealer such as HTC Polish Guard gives a degree of protection against both reactive and penetrating stains but is more costly, more difficult to apply and requires a higher level of ongoing maintenance.
Regular Maintenance Procedures
- The exact maintenance routine, particularly the needed frequency of cleaning, is dictated by the needs of each particular floor.
- The most effective maintenance routine to keep your Polished Concrete at its optimal levels of cleanliness and gloss is to regularly scrub with Twister Green pads on an automatic scrubber and occasionally high speed burnish with Twister Green.