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Concrete Cleaning



For general cleaning it is recommended concrete floors be dust mopped, and depending on the location and the amount of traffic, wet mopped for light soiling.





Deeper cleaning should be performed by scrubbing the floors with either a floor machine or automatic scrubber. The pros and cons of which machine to use should be weighed to see what best suites your needs. Floor machines are simple and offer a lot of cleaning performance through heavy down pressure and RPM's. Floor machines are best suited for small space cleaning.

Because they can scrub and pick up water, automatic scrubbers are typically better options for medium to large concrete cleaning needs. Floor machines are typically less expensive than automatic scrubbers but require additional equipment like a wet dry vacuum to pick up water and solution.

Small Space Cleaning Small - Medium Cleaning
Small Space Cleaning Medium Space Cleaning
Small Space Cleaning Medium - Large Space Cleaning


For unfinished and finished concrete floors use blue pads or brushes with a mid-ranged grit count.



To increase your cleaning power add a cleaning chemical to your solution. A neutral floor cleaner with a neutral (7) pH level is recommended. Higher numbers (8-14, Alkalis) may cause deterioration if left on the surface too long. Lower numbers (1-6, Acids) will burn most stones by dissolving the bonding agents that keep them together.





To strip a floor you must first choose a stripping chemical. For floors with heavy build up choose Liquidate. Echelon is effective on floors with standard build-up.




Standard rotary 175 RPM floor machines will be effective in combination with the stripping chemical and stripping pad. To bypass the labor and time intensive stripping step, choose the higher RPM's of the Powr² Orbital Floor Machine which removes finish without the need for chemicals when combined with maroon EPP pads.


3,500 RPM 175 RPM
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175 RPM    


Taking the time to put down sealant not only prolongs the life of your concrete floor, but can also enhance and preserve its appearance. Most acrylic sealers are available in a range of sheen levels. If you're after the look of polished marble, choose a sealer with a medium to high gloss sheen. For applications where a high shine is not desirable, film-forming sealers with matte or low-gloss finishes are available. Check the sealer’s characteristics and performance aspects. Look for the VOC (volatile organic compounds) content, level of solids, yellowing aspects, appearance (from matte to high-gloss), resistance to oil and grease, slip resistance, permeability, coverage and, most importantly, life expectancy.


Due to the porous nature of concrete, be sure to check periodically that you have a level layer of sealant across your surface. Follow the instructions that come with your sealant to ensure enough time has passed for the chemical to properly settle. A wet mop is recommended for the spreading of your sealant.



Be sure to clean each piece of equipment and rinse the solution tank before switching chemicals.





Before you can burnish your concrete floor, make sure it has been cleaned and scrubbed. Once the concrete has been cleaned, burnish the surface using a high RPM burnisher. If this is your first time burnishing, begin with a 200-grit pad before moving up to a 1500 or 2000 grit pad. A higher grit count will ultimately result in a glossier concrete surface.




Choose a pad 2" smaller than your machine size
Daily dry burnishing or spray buff   Weekly burnishing and scuff removal, good for propane burnishing
Daily or light-traffic burnishing extra high-gloss dry or spray buff   Weekly burnishing and long-standing scuff removal (good for propane burnishing)
Frequent daily burnishing of highly-polished finishes   High-gloss, frequent burnishing in high-hygiene environments






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