Q: Can i choose the colour of concrete and the aggergate in the mix?
A: Yes, if you are pouring a new slab, the concrete colour and aggregate can be selected. Most concrete suppliers offer an extensive range of colours and aggregates for you to choose from.
Q: What strength should my concrete be?
A: 32mpa with Type A cement
Q: Can i get my existing concrete polished?
A: Unfortunately we no longer take on existing jobs unless there a commercial area
Q: How long does Polished Concrete take to complete?
A: Generally, a 100m2 fully polished open slab will take 3-5 days to complete. Finished houses and enclosed areas will take longer due to extra steps (taping up and placing protection on the walls, cupboards and doors etc.) that will need to be completed before any polishing can be done.
Q: How much dust and mess will there be during the process?
A: The polishing precess creates very little dust as all machines are attached to a dust extractor that collects and stores any dust made. All other mess and rubbish will be cleaned up by the machine operator at the end of each day.
Q: How do i clean polished concrete?
A: Polished concrete can be cleaned with a ph neutral cleaner and a microfibre mop.
Q: Do you pour concrete?
A: Unfortunately we no longer pour concrete but we have a list of recommended concreter's we work closely with
Q: Does concrete crack?
A: In most cases, yes but we try to prevent it by using a heavier gauge mesh with 32mpa concrete and every job is poured onto plastic. Initial cracks in the concrete will be filled during the grouting stage and are easily hidden in polished concrete floors. Any cracks that are noticed down the track can be patched with an epoxy resin to bring the floor back to its original state.
Q: I suffer from allergies and athsma, is polished concrete a good solution for me?
A: Yes, in fact it is one of the best solutions for you. Polished concrete floors will not support the growth of mould, dirt, pollen or dust mites and therefore is perfect for sufferers of athsma or other allergies.
Q: How often does my Polished Concrete have to be resealed?
A: Polished concrete sealers should last up to 3-10years depending on traffic and maintenance , but can be buffed at any time to bring that new floor shine back.
So, you have had you concrete floor beautifully enhanced by polishing – Now what?
To ensure your polished floor keeps looking there best, we recommend taking a few simple steps to maintain on a regular basis.
- Sweeping a minimum of twice a week using a micro-fibre mop.
- Mop the floor with a pH neutral floor cleaner at least once per week or as often as required – pH neutral floor cleaner is available for purchase from Pour&Polish on request.
- If a liquid is spilled on the floor (especially but not limited to coffee, tea, wine or cola), it is best to clean up the spill as soon as possible with a clean cloth and water.
- In the case of large commercial or industrial settings, the use of an auto scrubber and/or a buffer (floor maintainer) should be used to save time.
The use of walk off mats are highly recommended at entrances and can reduce the long term maintenance required, keeping sand and salts from affecting the gloss level of the floors.
Following these simple steps will go a long way towards preserving the beauty of your polished concrete floor.
Any type of bleach detergent - this tends to start breaking down the sealer on the floor.
Any acid-based products - such as vinegar or ammonia.
Any type of abrasive cleaning cloths - such as scouring pads or scrubbers.
Harsh cleaning detergents – if used on polished floors, it will diminish the gloss of the surface and may leave unsightly scuff marks because of the abrasive qualities of these detergents. (ALL floor cleaners must be pH neutral).
Stains and spills
Penetrating Stains (i.e. – oil, red wine) – these types of products can leave a discoloured or darkened areas by adhering to the pores in the concrete. These stains can be minimised by timely clean up but if left on the surface for a period of time can result in a permanent darkened or discoloured area.
Reactive Stains (i.e. – orange juice, acids) – these types of products can etch the surface if not cleaned up in a timely manner. In the case of harsh acids such a muriatic, etching can occur instantly.
We recommend that you have the floor resealed at least every 3-7 years to ensure a continuous
virtually maintenance free floor.
In some cases of extreme traffic or when the gloss of the floor has been diminished beyond the
restorative powers of the diamond impregnated pads, a quick repolish using resin bond diamonds will
restore the floor to it’s original gloss level.
Contact Pour&Polish PTY LTD for a quote.
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