Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Q. What is concrete polishing?

A. Polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. Heavy-duty polishing machines equipped with progressively finer grits of diamond-impregnated disks or segments are used to gradually grind down concrete surfaces to the desired degree of smoothness and shine. It is usually an 8-step process beginning with 30 grit diamonds and ending with 3000 grit diamonds.

Q. How long will polished concrete last?

A. This is a permanent process. There's no wax, epoxy, acrylic, or any other shiny coverings applied that will eventually fail. In heavy industrial, commercial or institutional use, an inexpensive re-polish may be needed years down the road (depending on your maintenance).

Q. What are the benefits of polishing concrete?

A. Properly finished, polished concrete is harder, denser, and more resistant to soiling, scuffing, abrasion and damage from oil and chemical exposure. Polished concrete surfaces are exceptionally durable and require no waxing, reducing maintenance frequency while significantly extending the life of concrete and masonry.

Q. Can all concrete be polished?

A. Generally speaking, any structurally sound concrete floor can be polished. It must be free of extensive patching, waviness and at least reasonably non-porous.

Q. Is polished concrete dusty or messy?

A. No, our state of the art equipment makes the process almost dust free.

Q. What type of facilities use polished concrete?

A. Polished concrete is an ideal flooring material for manufacturing and light assembly plants, warehouses/distribution centers, food service operations, retail stores and showrooms, parking decks, airplane hangars, garages and other areas where a beautiful low-maintenance surface is desired.

Q. Are all concrete polishers the same?

A. No. If corners are cut, your floor will not look good 5 to 10 years from now. "Fly By Nights" are entering this business everyday and damaging the industry by taking shortcuts and delivering disappointments.

Q. Are polished concrete floors slippery?

A. Clean and dry polished concrete floors are even less slippery than plain concrete surfaces. Polished floors can be treated with anti-slip conditioners during routine cleaning for facilities requiring extra protection against slip-and-fall accidents.

Q. Is it hard to maintain polished concrete floors?

A. Compared to other flooring types, polished concrete is virtually maintenance-free. A simple auto-scrubbing or damp mopping will keep it clean, and an occasional light re-polishing with fine grit abrasives will restore the gloss of the original process.

Q. Do forklift tires mess up polished concrete floors?

A. No. Marks wipe off easily.

Q. How do you maintain polished concrete floors?

A. Regular cleaning and removing abrasive materials such as sand and dirt from the surface will help prevent gloss loss and scratching. There are many products designed for these floors that will not damage the densifiers and hardeners used during the polishing process, along with waxes, surface conditioners, neutral cleaners, etc. Never use acidic products to clean polished concrete floors.

Q. Can the polished concrete shine be destroyed?

A. Yes, but it is not easy. If you pour muriatic acid on the floor, it will etch. Strong acids will destroy the shine.

Q. How durable is polished concrete?

A. With proper care and a good maintenance program in place, polished concrete will have a very long useful life. Regular cleaning and applying surface conditioners and/or waxes will greatly extend the life of the floor and maintain its beauty for years to come.

Q. How much does polished concrete cost?

A. The price varies according to the condition of the slab, the size of the area, the level of grinding required, the aggregate exposure desired and the final finishing sealer. Polished concrete is a cost effective alternative comparable to wood, tiles, carpet, vinyl, etc. Color dying, staining, decorative scoring and intricate designs will also influence the final price.

Q. Can I choose the aggregate for a new concrete slab?

A. Yes, if you are laying a new concrete slab. As well as selecting different cement colors in concrete, there are various aggregate colors, types, sizes and minerals to choose for the topping mix. You will need to discuss these options with your concrete supplier.

Q. Do I have to have the exposed aggregate look?

A. No, the degree of grinding can give different degrees of stone/aggregate showing in the final finish. If required, the look of no stone at all can be obtained.

Q. Do you apply sealers?

A. No and yes. We don't apply an encapsulating sealer, but we do apply a hardener that stops concrete dusting and helps the floor shine last longer.

Q. What about stains?

A. Cleaning is easy. Just mop up the mess. Some oily stains if ignored will soak into the pores but will come back out over time.

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