Concrete Cleaning | Floor Care
The cleaning and treatment of concrete, generally speaking, is to be able clean it’s surface and precondition it prior to receive any verity of option for treatment, like epoxy, urethane sealers or any of various paints.
After cleaning it, MGS is able to treat concrete in any of these ways, including polishing it!
- We treat concrete floors with degreasers and neutral cleaners to start loosening anything on top of its surface
- We scrub the concrete with machines and special brushes to penetrate the pores or spaces where dirt hides or gets trapped. In some cases even a wire brushing is needed, scraping this way the dirt is removed after being loosen
- We rinse it up with a power washer carefully avoiding at all times direct spraying, this can peel and damage the concrete. The Concrete will be free of dirt, oils or solvents that can affect the sealers not properly adhering
- Any application can follow once the surface is precondition in this matter. Free of particles, cleaning material residue, oils, streaks or mop strands
MGS can then proceed to seal or polish the concrete with any chosen application treatment.
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We strive to stay on the cutting edge of this process, we are Werkmaster Certified.
- Ease of maintenance is the key reason many warehouses and retail facilities are opting for polished concrete.
- Not only are polished floors easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping, they hold up well to heavy forklift and foot traffic.
- Polished floors also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings – as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them.
- What’s more, the glossy surface resists the marks of forklift truck and staining from oil and chemical spills.
- The high light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image.
- Some customers simply want a look that’s unique, polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine – similar to polished marble or granite – than can be achieved with a high-gloss coating. This makes polished concrete a particularly good alternative for homeowners or businesses that can’t afford marble or granite floors but want the same brilliant, mirror-like finish.
- To replicate the color of the stone, apply stain to the concrete during the polishing process or polish concrete that has been integrally colored.
- It’s also possible to produce a terrazzo look by grinding through the top few millimeters of the concrete surface to expose the aggregate.
- Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether new or old, can be polished. But there are some exceptions.
- For new floors, no special mix design is required to achieve good results. However, the floor should be in place at least 28 days before polishing begins to ensure adequate curing. Some retail and warehouses facilities that plan to polish their floors after placement may specify the installation of as smooth a floor as possible to minimize the polishing steps required.
- Existing floors typically require some surface preparation prior to polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings, or blemishes. However, floors that are wavy, need extensive patching, or are extremely porous, may not be good candidates for polishing. An experienced contractor can usually determine a floor’s suitability.
- To help solidify and density polished concrete surfaces, some contractors apply penetrating hardeners to the concrete, normally after the first step of the grinding process. These products, which can be applied to new or existing floors, work by reacting chemically with the concrete to form a hard, crystalline structure. They also prevent dusting of concrete and offer extra protection from water penetration and staining.
- Kept clean and dry, polished concrete floors are generally no slicker than plain concrete surfaces. In fact, they tend to be less slippery than waxed linoleum or polished marble.
- But public facilities that want to provide extra protection against slip-and-fall accidents can treat polished floors with anti-slip conditioners, such as Ultra Guard. These products contain special additives designed to improve traction and make wet surfaces safer.
- Many facilities are now requiring stain resistance to acids, vinegar, oil, ketchup, wine, pop and other staining agents. UltraGuard provides up to 24 hour resistance to most staining products.