Concrete floors are one of the most durable surfaces installed in the interior of your house or commercial space. Concrete was once considered a construction material, but because of its ease of cleaning and durability, it is one of the most reliable flooring options.
One great aspect of having a concrete floor is that it contains no grout fillings or joints that can hold dirt or require cleaning. Concrete floors are easily cleaned with a regular maintenance schedule. As these surfaces are water resistant, there is not much to clean, apart from basic sweeping and mopping.
To keep the surface looking polished and clean, we have shared a few tips that you can use to keep your floor brand new.
Some products that you might need include:
- Sweeping Brush
- Microfiber mop
- Dish soap
- Floor Wax or Polisher
Your concrete cleaning schedule may include sweeping and mopping the floor. Even though the surface is hardly difficult to clean, it still may have stains or spills that require instant attention, so it doesn’t leave marks behind.
- Start by sweeping the floor with a brush or using a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and debris.
- Once done, use a damp mop mixed with a cleaning solution and water to clean the concrete floor.
- You may also use a disinfectant at this point and add that to the mop mix.
- Let the surface air dry and avoid traffic or furniture placement till the floor is entirely free of any damp areas; otherwise, it will be easy to spot marks.
- Make it a habit of cleaning your concrete floors every other day. Regular sweeping and mopping can quickly eliminate any dust and debris that usually starts to appear on the floors every two or three days.
- Avoid using harsh chemical products for cleaning. Professionals suggest using polishers or floor wax for the extra shine. Other than these, sweep and mop the floors regularly to avoid stains or abrasions.
- Invest in some industry-graded microfiber clothing pads to clean the surface. You may also use steam mops or a wet vacuum to clean the surface occasionally.
- Use a mild mixture of dish soap and water to scrub the surface in case of any stubborn stains due to spills, heavy traffic, or a pet accident. Wipe it with cold water and let it air dry. If there are notable grease stains, cover the area with baking powder or cornstarch, let it rest for a few minutes, and then scrub using dishwashing liquid and water.
- If you are willing to buy a commercial cleaner, make sure that it is safe to use on concrete floors, as these can be porous when unsealed and can hold moisture, which will be a haven for mold and mildew.
- Removing stains from concrete flooring can be difficult if it is done the wrong way. For a quick fix, identify the type of stain; oil spills, mildew stains, sliding marks, etc. Add 1 part vinegar to an equal amount of water and scrub lightly.
- In any case, do not use bleaching substances on concrete flooring. These bleaching chemicals can etch the coating and leave toxic stains that will leave marks due to discoloration.
- Professional help is the best you can expect if you want a deep-cleaning session. They will need to know the type of concrete flooring you have so they can bring suitable cleaning products.
- Keep in mind that even though concrete is easy to clean, it can still potentially rust, develop grease stains, and tire marks (if you have concrete flooring in your driveway or garage). Therefore, regular cleaning and maintenance are essential.