Caring for Your Newly Polished or Sealed Concrete Floors: 10 Essential Ground Rules

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Caring for Your Newly Polished/ Sealed Concrete Floors: 10 Essential Ground Rules


Congratulations on your newly installed concrete polished concrete floor! While it may seem like just a slab now, it’s soon going to become the finished floor for your customers. Concrete is known for its durability, but it is still susceptible to various elements like acid spills, oil and grease penetration, and abrasion from mud, dirt, and gravel. These issues become even more crucial when the slab will remain exposed as the final floor.


To ensure the longevity and aesthetic appeal of your concrete floor, it’s essential to establish ground rules during the pre-concrete polished/sealer meeting. This will help everyone involved in the construction process understand the importance of treating the concrete responsibly.


Here are 10 ground rules for those working on and around the slab:


1. Immediate Cleanup: Sweep up all grit and debris immediately. Avoid using oil-based sweeping compounds as they can create additional challenges.


2. Regular Auto-Scrubbing: Auto-scrub the slab daily to remove fine dust and grime. Use approved cleaners that are not harsh on the concrete.


3. Spill Reporting: Report all accidental spills immediately to prevent stains and damage.


4. No Eating or Drinking: Avoid eating or drinking on the slab to minimize the risk of spills and stains.


5. Stain Removal: If isolated staining occurs, use the appropriate cleaner to remove it promptly.


6. Equipment Operation Authorization: Obtain authorization from the project manager before operating any equipment on the slab.


7. Equipment Protection: Diaper all equipment and protect the slab with an absorbent drop cloth when working on it.


8. Designated Storage Areas: Store materials and equipment, and charge equipment in designated areas only to avoid unnecessary wear on the slab.


9. Non-Marking Tires: Use non-marking tires on all equipment. Regularly inspect tires and remove embedded debris that may scratch the slab.


10. Protective Coverings: Use temporary, breathable, protective coverings as needed for access. Remove coverings immediately after the work is complete.


By following these ground rules, you’ll contribute to the long-term resilience and appearance of the concrete slab, ensuring that it serves its purpose as a durable and aesthetically pleasing floor.

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