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Concrete Floor Maintenance Tips


Keeping your concrete floor clean and shiny doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. In order to maintain your concrete floor and extend its life, here are some of the top maintenance tips.maintenance tips concrete floor

1) Know Your Finish: A Polished concrete floor will require a different cleaning method than an epoxy finish or a colour flake finish. Use the proper cleaning methods that match the finish of your floor.

2) Avoid Surface Scratches: To keep your floor scratch free, use a soft mop for your interior concrete floors. You will want to make sure that you use a dry mop first to clean the floor from dust and debris. Vacuuming can also cause damage from locking wheels or small stones getting dragged around.

3) Avoid Moisture: When you have dry mopped the floor and the debris is gone, it’s time to use a mild detergent or natural cleanser. Make sure you clean the floor in sections. When one of the sections is cleaned, you must dry it immediately with a soft towel. If the floor stays wet for an extended period of time, there might be issues with discolouring if the moisture is not completely removed.

When in doubt, call our team and we can help you come up with a maintenance plan for your floor. If you need a complete floor rejuvenation or perhaps another wax coat then give us a call and we can make your floor look new again. 

 

 

Types of Garage Floor Coatings


If you feel like your garage is getting a little out of style, worn down or just simply unattractive, then one of the top priorities for you to change or update would be the floorgarage floor coatings. Garage concrete floors need to be functional, comfortable and easy to maintain. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to choosing a garage floor coating. Decide whether or not you want to finish your garage floor with a short term or long term solution. A coat of paint might look nice for the first month but it is not durable, will stain and will require constant maintenance.  Choosing a garage floor coating would be a better and longer lasting solution.

Custom Concrete Floors Ottawa SolidColour Coatings adhere directly to the floor. Epoxy coatings for garages are the most common type of finish for garage floors. Epoxies are easy to maintain and require little maintenance. They are also resistant to stains from chemicals like oils, and damaging winter salt.

Polyaspartics can also be used to cover your garage floor. Polyaspartics are not a replacement to epoxy but in some cases are a better choice especially in a garage because polyaspartics are UV resistant and water clear and stand up to abrasions from salt and stones better than epoxies do.

When it comes to using an epoxy  or polyapsartic to coat your garage floor, you will need to make sure your concrete is prepared properly before the coating process begins. If your floor is not prepared properly then you might have issues with flaking, chipping or bubbling. Hiring a professional to come in and do a floor analysis is the best way to get the job completed the right way, the first time.

Another common type of garage floor coating is colour flakes. Colour flake flooring (or otherwise known as paint chip flooring) is another way to re-create your garage floor into something unique, durable and easy to maintain. If your floor has cracks, rough stains, holes etc, then covering it up with a thick flake floor is an easy solution. This system is not recommended as a DIY option because if not properly installed, many issues could arise. Hiring a professional team to do the proper preparation, sealing, vacuuming and finishing work is highly recommended.

Do you have any questions about types of garage floor coatings? Contact us today!