Friday, January 7th, 2011
Concrete floor polishing involves grinding concrete with diamond disc pads using a heavy duty buffing machine. The pads work into the denser concrete and produce a finish that looks like glass. It’s one of the most common ways to add shine and durability to concrete floor surfaces. A internal sealer is applied that protects the concrete and hardens the surface which helps prevent stains if something is spilled. Another advantage of concrete floor polishing is the decrease of dust and allergens because the top brittle layer is removed. There’s no problems such as denting, chipping or slipperiness which makes it ideal for homes, offices, schools, restaurants, stores or industries.

Polished concrete floors are more practical than installing a floor covering which may need replaced every few years because they deteriorate. New or old concrete will look like high sheen floors. Polished concrete floors resemble marble floors but are a more affordable option. It’s less expensive to have a concrete floor polished than to continually use wax and sealers. Once a concrete floor is polished it doesn’t have to be repeated. It will last for years with only light maintenance such as sweeping and mopping with water. There are conditioners that are made for polished concrete.

Polishing contractors offer a variety of colors to match any decorating scheme. These may include blues, bronzes, ambers, greens and coppers. Solid colors or multi-shades are often available. Water-based and solvent-based dyes are used to add color to concrete. Water-based dyes are more environmentally friendly. Solvent-based dyes use acetone to add color which works with polishing. Proper air flow should be used when using solvent-based dyes. Polished concrete can be customized with marble, granite and colored glass. Almost any concrete floor can be polished and dyed. Dyes are a treatment that gives polished floors an extra attractive appearance.

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