Polished concrete floors are becoming increasingly popular recently. Many people love this type of flooring because it is easy to clean, free of mites, weatherproof and provide neutral colors for your interior room design. This type of floor makes a spectacular finish, both for indoors or out. To keep your floor looks incredible, regular cleaning and occasional polishing are needed. Moreover, a proper polishing regimen can make its surface looks great and extend the longevity of your concrete floor.
You can also change the look of your concrete floor by doing this simple DIY polished concrete floor tips. Follow these steps to get your satisfying polishing floor.
Step 1 – Prepare the Area
You must first identify and evaluate the condition of the surface of your concrete floor. You will need to determine the hardness with a concrete hardness tester.
Step 2 – Clean the Area
You will need to sweep and mop the area to remove all dirt and dust. Any stains should come off when you mop. Make sure that the floor is completely dry or wipe the floor dry before you begin to polish. Then remove any existing sealers or coatings that you don’t need. Repair any cracks.
Step 3 – Begin with Polish the Concrete Floors Using a Coarse Grit
Now it is time for you to start your DIY polishing process. Prepare the equipment such as a concrete grinder and various types of abrasive discs.
First, start by polishing the surface of the concrete floor using the abrasive disc. This sanding will help remove stains or soften rough areas on the concrete surface. Use the following appropriate techniques when you are doing the sanding process:
- Use circular motions in moving the concrete grinder to over the whole floor with the coarse grit disk.
- Starting at one end of the floor and work systematically, moving upward from side to side and moving slowly to another area.
- Make sure to polish all the surfaces.
Step 4 – Polish the Concrete Floors Using a Fine Grit
Switch to a fine grit abrasive disc. Apply this fine grit abrasive disc evenly and slowly to the entire floor surface with a circular motion. This will makes glossy and sleek look to the floor.
Step 5 – Polish the Floors with an Extra-Fine Grit Abrasive Disc
The final stage is using the concrete grinder with an extra-fine grit abrasive disc on the floor surface. This step will make sure all blemishes are totally removed. At this point, your concrete floor will look nice, smooth, sleek, and glass-like sheen.
Step 6 – Apply a Concrete Floor Polish
It would be great if you add a protective coating to protect the newly polished floor from further damage. Doing this also gives you an extra sheen to your floor surface. Your concrete floor is now looking very incredible.