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5 Helpful Tips to Take Care of Concrete Floors

>> Jul 12, 2018


Regardless of the type of flooring you have, it will not be maintenance free. All floors would require proper care, so it will look great and will last long without any risk of damages. The same would go for concrete flooring, especially with carpets. These types of flooring require regular attention, depending on the traffic it receives. But what are the exact ways on how you can care for your concrete flooring properly?

Read on as I show you the different tips to take care of concrete floors!
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Tips to Take Care of Concrete Floors

What's great about concrete floors is that they are made of sturdy materials and can be used for indoors or outdoors. They are easy to clean and fairly resistant to messes and stains. However, they still stain and would soak up spills and dirt, despite its toughness. So if you want to ensure that your concrete floors are well-maintained, follow these ways to clean it:

1.   Power Washer
If you have cornet floors outdoors, then the easiest way to clean it is through using a power washer. It will blast away all forms of dirt, grime, and mildew quickly. All you need to do is to spray the surface with detergent and a stiff brush to scrub. Do NOT use metal-bristle brushes. After that, switch on the pressure washer and start washing it all away.

2.   Removing Stains
To remove stains from your concrete floors, you can use bleach ammonia or cleaning solutions. A natural cleaning solution is a mixture of flour and hydrogen peroxide (it should have the consistency of nut butter). Let that solution sit overnight and scrape it with a scraper tool with plastic edges. The stains will be removed immediately!

3.   TSP
TSP stands for trisodium phosphate. Mix it with water and scrub it on stained areas and it can remove those stubborn stains. Spread the solution to the stained areas and use a nylon bristle brush to scrub it off. Continue to scrub until the stains are gone then rinse it with a hose.

4.   Muriatic Acid
Another good way to clean the toughest stains is by using muriatic acid. This can clean dried grout or rust. However, this is a very powerful and toxic material which should be used carefully. Make sure that you wear protective gloves and eyewear when handling it and follow the instructions on using it to clean concrete.

5.   Indoor Concrete Floors
If you have indoor concrete floors, you can use a gentler approach on cleaning concrete. Use a mop and water mixed with mild cleaning solution. Do not use any substance high in acid on stamped or polished floors. Simply mix the solution, use a mop, then rinse it with a mop and clean water.

6.   Make Floors Stain-Resistant
To make the concrete floors resistant to stains, apply concrete sealant by using a paint roller. You'll need to do this every two years to ensure that there will be little to no stains on your floors.

Bonus Tips on Maintaining Clean Concrete Floors

To prevent any damage to your concrete floors, make sure you do this:

  • If you're still planning to design your concrete floor, then I recommend that you avoid any floor designs that have saw cut patterns. This is because the narrow cuts can trap diet and make it more difficult to clean.
  • Unless the floors are polished, protect it by using a quality floor sealer. With the top layer protection, it will prolong the floor's lifespan and enhance the appearance.
  • If you want to protect your floors even more from any form of dirt and abrasion, then applying floor wax is recommended. Through using this finish, it preserves the sealer. Plus, it's very easy to apply if it starts to wear off!
  • If your floors are victim to heavy foot traffic, like in foyers and entrances, then use floor mats to prevent the wear and tear.
  • I recommend that you avoid using stilettos or boots when stepping on your floors, particularly indoors. Instead, opt to use soft slippers or go barefoot to avoid wearing out the floors too quickly. This will also prevent too much dust and dirt from outdoors coming into the floors as well.
  • What's great about concrete floors is that they are a wise choice for pet owners, as it doesn't trap dander and fur. They also allow easy cleanup, simply by using a broom or mop to remove stains.
  • When it comes to cleaning, make sure that you follow the maintenance schedule and cleaning solutions recommended buy your contractor and manufacturer. Don't over clean or use harsh cleaning products which can damage the floor even more. It's best to clean your floors weekly or at least once a month.

Wrapping It Up

Proper care and maintenance for your flooring is key to keep it looking grand. After all, you wouldn't want to risk damaging it and having to spend on expensive floor prices! As long as you follow the right tips and know what to do to prevent your floors from aging, then you won't have to worry about repair.

I hope that these tips to take care of concrete floors gave you an idea on what you can do to begin getting the quality flooring you need today. So don't wait any longer and begin implementing any of these tips today.

If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on caring for concrete floors, then comment below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

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