POLISHED CONCRETE TIPS & MAITNENANCE

This section has guidelines for keeping your Polished Solution Polished Floor in perfect condition, from routine cleaning to stain removal. With proper care and minimal maintenance you can expect a long life out of this very durable system.

Maintaining Your New Polished Solution Polished Floor

Just like anything else, regular maintenance for your floors is a must if you want them to stay in good shape. Every type of floor needs regular maintenance. Fortunately your polished concrete floor needs less than most. There are three key ingredients to keeping your floor in tip top condition: Cleaning, Re-Burnish/Re-New & Testing.

How regularly depends on the appearance you want and performance you demand.

Polished Solution can advise you on what you’ll need to do to keep the appearance you want based on your floor’s traffic and work load.

Maintenance Scheduling

There are 3 types of floors; steel troweled (Topical Green System), honed (Green Clean & Seal), and polished (Polished Solution Level 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). Below you will see a chart on how to maintain each floor based on whether you want a premium floor or a Polished Solution Signature maintained floor.

Type Floor

Premium

Signature GPS Floor

Green E

Sweep or Micro fiber daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-Burnish or Re-New Annually

Clean daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-New every 6 months

Honed (Polished Solution Level 2)

Sweep or Micro fiber daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-Burnish or Re-New Annually

Clean daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-New every 6 months

Polished (Polished Solution Level 3, 4, 5)

Sweep or Micro fiber daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-Burnish or Re-New Annually

Clean daily,
Clean with Polished Solution Cleaner,
Re-New every 6 months


Cleaning

Routine cleaning is vital for your Polished Solution Polished Floor to stay in tip top shape for its lifetime. Always clean with Polished Solution Polished Concrete Cleaner; it was made for Polished Solution Polished Floors. See your product date sheet on your Polished Solution product label for easy to use directions.

Routine Cleaning (light traffic)

1. Clean up spills as quickly as possible. Less time on your floor means less chance of stains.

2. Pick up all large debris by hand.

3. Dust mop floors daily. Untreated Micro-Fiber dust mops work best. If a dust mop is not available, we recommend a soft bristled broom.

4. Damp Mop floors with Polished Solution PC SOAP (or other neutral ph cleaner) at least one time per week. Establishments with heavy traffic will want to mop floors daily.

a. Submerge mop head into water; ring out mop leaving is slightly damp.

b. Damp mop floor to remove remainder of surface debris. This helps
keep the water clean in the following step

c. Allow floor to dry

d. Wet mop with Polished Solution POLISHED CONCRETE CLEANERS (Use a lot of water)

e. Submerge mop head into water, without ringing out the mop head,
scrub the floor.

5. Once you have scrubbed an area, pick up water and move to next section.

6. Change out water as needed. If water is dirty you will be scrubbing dirt
onto your floor and will not be picked up any dirt from your floor.

a. The use of large amounts of water mixed with Polished Solution PC
CLEANER in this step allows dirt to be lifted from the polished
concrete.

7. Allow floor to dry

8. Light damp mop with water only (Perform this step if water residue was
left on surface from Wet Mop)

a. Submerge mop head into water; ring out mop to make it as dry as
possible.

b. This step will remove all remaining residue from the surface.

Routine Cleaning (heavy traffic)

5. Auto-scrub entire floor

a. Dilute Polished Solution Polished Concrete Cleaner 4oz per gallon of clean water in a auto-scrubber with moderate pressure

1. Choose pad based on manufacturer recommendations. Use 800 grit Buff-X pad.

2. Auto scrubbing with Polished Solution Polished Concrete Cleaner (which contains Lithium Silica) helps the pads polish the floor.

3. Dilute Polished Solution Polished Concrete Cleaner 8 oz. per gallon of clean water for heavy areas of dirt and grime.

b. Use a mop for hard-to-reach areas. If you don’t have an auto-scrubber, squeegee off water to dry and eliminate water marks.

*Never use vinegar, acidic, citrus, pine-sol, ammonia, bleach or
alkaline cleaners on Polished Solution Polished Floors.
*Do not use cleaning tools such as: Swiffer wet Jet

Re-Burnish & Re-New

The gloss levels on Polished Solution Polished Floors are affected by many factors. They include traffic, spills, inadequate cleaning, and abrasives (like dirt and sand) tracked in from outside.

Gloss is easily restored using the following procedures. High traffic areas may need burnishing more often to maintain a gloss. Biannual burnishing applications of Polished Solution’s Guard will go a long way toward maintaining the gloss and reflectance levels the floor had when new.

Because Polished Solution’s Guard penetrates into the concrete pores even when the gloss may have diminished from traffic, it still protects the floor from water and stain penetration.

Re-Burnish

If the floor appears to be losing some gloss, clean with Polished Solution’s Polished Concrete Cleaner. Then dry-run a high speed burnisher over the area of reduced gloss. There will normally be enough of the guard left on the floor that burnishing the concrete will pop the gloss back. (Remember always clean before burnishing whether you’re burnishing wet with Guard or dry without Guard. If there is dirt on the floor, burnishing will grind it in)

Re-New

You can Re-New your floor as needed. Normally it is recommended to Re-New the floor twice a year. When you need to do spot treatment of high traffic areas Re-New them as needed. This procedure ensures maximum gloss, shine, and reflectance floor-wide.Just like Re-Burnish, clean the floor first. Dilute Polished Solution Guard 1:1 with clean water. Spread the diluted treatment lightly on the floor with a micro fiber mop. Burnish with a high speed burnisher. You do not have to wait for the floor to dry.

Testing

Regular testing provides more data as to how our floor’s overall health is and how well your maintenance program is working.

Your new polished floor meets certain standards for appearance and performance. Those standards are set in the test-panel stage and confirmed upon completion of your floor. The standards met were for gloss, hardness, slip, and water resistance.

As long as you’ve followed the recommendations for the maintenance of your floor, your floor should continually meet the standards for appearance and performance.

The same tests done on your test panel will be done on your finished floor. Testing will see if your maintenance program is effective.

The standards of your Polished Solution Polished Floor Inspections in your first year should be quarterly, then annually thereafter.

Gloss Plus or minus 10% deviation from test panel
Hardness Plus or minus 10% deviation from test panel
Slip Resistance >.60 (As recommended by ADA title 111 1992
Rilem Tube < 1 mil loss after 20 minutes

Log inspections

Recording your inspections and recommendations will help you fine tune your floor maintenance program to get the best results with the least amount of effort.

Test Area

The Test area is standardized for all Polished Solution Polished Floors. The floor is simply divided into 4 sections; the auditor runs the test in the center of each section and in the center of the floor.

Test Kit

Polished Solution floor professionals use a standardized performance test kit to check the performance and appearance of our polished floors. The kit consists of precision tools needed to fully test the measurable performance of your polished concrete floor. Each kit consists of a MOH Hardness Test Kit, a gloss meter, rilem tube, optical pyrometer, and a slip meter. Polished Solution professionals are fully trained in the use of the performance test kit.

FACTS ABOUT POLISHED CONCRETE

• Polished concrete floors are very durable; however, they are not impervious to scratches, “chip outs”, or staining. This is a finished floor system and must be treated as such.

• It is essential that the floor be kept clean. Dirt and other contaminants on a polished concrete floor will act as sandpaper and will diminish the floor’s appearance.

• Walk-off floor mats places at entrances help alleviate salts and dirt being introduced onto the surface. Walk-off mats should be maintained and kept clean.

• Rain Water can be acidic (acid rain), and can etch a polished concrete floor.

TYPES OF SPILLS/STAINS

• Reactive Spills – These are acidic spills (i.e. orange juice) that will etch the surface of the polished floor if not cleaned in a timely manner. If the acidic level of a product is high the floor could be instantly etched.

• Penetrating Spills – (i.e. red wine; oil) These spills attach to the concrete pores and leave a dark colored spot. This can be minimized if cleaned in a timely manner. If these spills are left on the surface they can penetrate concrete and leave behind discoloration.

ALL EQUIPMENT TO BE CLEAN AND IN PROPER WORKING CONDITION TO PREVENT ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR FLOORING

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

Polished Solution Polished Concrete Cleaner

REPOLISHING

• If your polished floor loses its shine due to improper cleaning, high traffic areas, or other circumstances we can repolish or burnish your floor to bring back the original shine. Call our office for a review of your floor and what we recommend would be best for your situation.

OUR maintenance services include:

• Periodic inspection and testing
• Training maintenance staffs
• Maintaining gloss finish with Reburnish
• Remedial cleaning and stain removal

We offer product sales, advice, maintance contracts, and can teach you how to maintain your new floor.

Your new Polished Solution Polished Floor meets all documented standards for dust proofing, water resistance, hardness, gloss and slip resistance. Who better to help you keep it that way than the on who installed it.

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The Guarantee

Subject to certain conditions and limitations, the dust proofing warranty offers this guarantee:

Retro Plate warrants to the owner that the concrete surface on the project has been treated with the Polished Solution densifier below; and for 10 years from the date of treatment, the surface will remain concrete dust free. If the surface fails to perform, Retro Plate will supply one time sufficient Polished Solution densifier to retreat the identified area. If you have questions about your polished concrete floor’s performance contact Polished Solution right away.

Dust Proofing Warranty

Your Polished Solution high performance mechanical polished concrete floor will NOT generate dust if the products are applied correctly and the floor is maintained according to the owners’ manual recommendations. If all applications and maintenance recommendations are followed, Retro Plate will warrant any Polished Solution mechanical polished floor of any size against dusting for up to 10 years.

Getting the dust proofing warranty

All Polished Solution mechanical polished floors are eligible for the dust proofing warranty. The applicator gets the warranty certificate from Retro Plate for you after the completion of the project.


Help from your Polished Solution Floor applicator

Polished Solution can assist you with your periodic floor maintenance program. ReBurnish, Re-New, testing and stain removal are just a few areas we will be able to handle for you. Our consultant can train your in-house staff on how to care for your Polished Floor.

Call Polished Solution. at (941) 926-2428.


RECOMMENDED MOPPING PROCEDURE

• Pick up any large debris from surface of floor (Performed daily for any noticeable debris)

• Dust mop floor. (Dust mopping will pick up fine particles that may be missed by a broom. Use a soft bristled broom if a dust mop is not available.

• Damp mop with soap. (A neutral pH cleaner)

1) Submerge mop head into water; ring out mop leaving is slightly damp.

2) Damp mop floor to remove remainder of surface debris. This helps keep the water clean in the following step

3) Allow floor to dry

• Wet mop with POLISHED CONCRETE CLEANERS (Use a lot of water)

1) Submerge mop head into water, without ringing out the mop head, scrub the floor.

2) Once you have scrubbed an area, pick up water and move to next section.
3) Change out water as needed. If water is dirty you will be scrubbing dirt onto your floor and will not be picked up any dirt from your floor.
4) The use of large amounts of water mixed with cleaner in this step allows dirt to be lifted from the polished concrete.
5) Allow floor to dry

• Light damp mop with water only
(Perform this step if water residue was left on surface from Wet Mop)

1) Submerge mop head into water; ring out mop to make it as dry as possible.
2) This step will remove all remaining residue from the surface.

If you have any questions regarding your Polished Concrete Floor; Call Polished Solution at (941) 926-2428.