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Rejuvenating Decorative Concrete Floors with Wax


Old concrete floors are often looked at as an eyesore that would be too expensive to cover up or rip out and replace. In some cases this may be true but it’s not always necessary to cover up or replace a concrete floor, especially one that has been finished decoratively.

Certain decorative finishes require extra attention when providing a re-coat or reseal. Examples of this are stamped or troweled floors that were finished with texture and coated with an acrylic or polyurethane. These types of floors will require extensive cleaning via acid etching or aggressive sanding prior to re-coating.

Smooth floors like epoxy coatings, polyaspartic coatings and polish concrete can be renewed more easily. The beauty of a smooth decorative finished concrete floor is that is much easier to abrade the surface lightly prior to providing additional coatings or servicing the floor with a proprietary cleaning and resurfacing systemrejuvinating concrete floor ottawa wax

More often than not,  the problem with a decorative concrete floor that the owner may be looking to recover, is simply years of traffic and insufficient cleaning or buildup of cleaning materials leading to a dull looking floor or perhaps one with many scratches.

While floors that have deep scratches or gouges as well as staining or chips and cracks require extensive repair and sometimes added sealer coats, floors that are in decent shape and do not require repair can often just be glossed up.

Aside from adding more coating or sealer to the floor, waxes or lithium based treatments can be added to the floor and then burnished in or machined in order to harden and adhere to the existing surface

Waxes are an easy way to go, however they do require special cleaning and maintenance as well as re-application from time to time dependent upon the service area and the type and frequency of traffic. They are inexpensive and rather simple to apply.

A longer-lasting more technical-to-apply but lower maintenance requirement solution is a concrete enhancer. Concrete enhancers like Bellatrix from WR meadows are often used on top of polished concrete systems or hardened concrete floors. While originally designed for this purpose the industry has begun to use these products as enriching agents on top of previously sealed floors including acid stained floors and hardened slabs that have not been polished.

The decision between wax or a concrete enhancer should really come down to a few factors. For those doing a do-it-yourself rejuvenation, wax is probably the best way to go especially a residential or low traffic commercial setting, however for high traffic areas where down-time is costly, the best way to go is to have a professional concrete polisher or decorative concrete installer apply concrete enhancing agent like Bellatrix from WR meadows and then burnish your floor.

You will be surprised just how great a rejuvenated old beat up decorative concrete floor can look with the proper steps taken.