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Where Maintenance is a Moving Target

By Mark Bruddy Subscribe to RSS | February 29th 2012 | Views:
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Proper maintenance of decorative concrete is still a niche and developing expertise. Lately, maintenance procedures on decorative concrete floors have been applied primarily by hit and trial methods, achieving desired results. Decorative concrete has a learning curve, not just for the professionals, but for the floor managers as well. Many floor owners who had installed concrete floors in their establishments have yet to realize that these floors are not completely maintenance-free.

Turning the clock back to few years back, the challenge was how to supply best cleaning care for floor owners. Floor managers were becoming more and more dissatisfied with the look of their floors. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for flooring contractors to address their concerns and offer something best for customers. Companies heard the complaints and worked hard and launched ‘concrete cleaners’ to provide ultimate shine and protection to concrete floors. It is worth noting that there has been so much customer-placed pressure on floor contractors that some have had to create their own maintenance division.

Maintenance is a moving target

We all must have heard the phrase “prevention is the best cure”. This thought rings true when it comes to maintaining a decorative floor. This is because for colored concrete, damage can occur little by little without anyone really knowing it is happening. However, a restoration process can still re-hone or re-polish the concrete.

What steps to take to prevent surface damage?

The cleaning process starts with an awareness to prevent all those nasty things that can cause harm to your concrete. Therefore, the first step in protecting any floor is to make sure it is equipped with entrance mats. Stepping on expensive flooring with your dirty shoes is sure to bring stains, dirt and sand particles. Make sure you include the basement and entrance areas, as this is a sure way for dirt and debris to enter the facility. A simple yet effective thing like a good matting system can be a key part of your successful maintenance program.

The next area where one sees a lot of damage to polished concrete comes from improper cleaning solutions. Here is an important key, remember: you are cleaning a concrete surface and not laminate flooring. Concrete cleaners in this range suits pretty well. If your facility is heavily soiled and has not been professionally cleaned in many years then concrete cleaners will get you that ultimate shine you need and remove much of the heavy dirt from the surface. However, it is important to use the quality concrete cleaners to maintain the sheen and quality of your polished concrete surface. Contact your trusted contractors to assist you in your search for the right cleaning solution for your facility. Remember that it is always critical to know that maintenance is a moving target; experience is required as is the knowledge of proper care options.

Mark Bruddy - About Author:
Mark Bruddy is a flooring solution expert working with US leading Colored Concrete floor contractors. Provides range of Saw Blades, Concrete Polishing Equipment wholesale Diamond Blades and Polished Concrete Floors for almost any application.

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