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the polishing process
Example of final product
Concrete polishing has become the most unique flooring option on the market since every concrete floor has unique characteristics. Decorative cutting and dyes can create visually interesting floors.
Additionally, with the movement towards green products, a polished concrete floor creates a natural, low-maintenance surface. Most of the large retail warehouse stores utilize polished concrete in their facilities because it is easier to clean and reflects up to 30% more light.
Concrete polishing is a multi-step process, depending on the quality of surface. The process uses diamonds to “sand” the concrete smooth, similar to the sanding of wood. Each step utilizes a different grit increment to create a more reflective, smoother floor. With the use of industrial vacuums, polishing is a dry, fume-free process.
Michigan Concrete utilizes Prosoco/Consolideck products, as they are the best options in concrete dyes, sealers, and cleaners. The videos below demonstrate some of the steps required for a dye and polish.
In ordinary unpolished concrete, tiny particles of dust are pushed to the surface through an upward force called efflorescence. The continual forcing of dust to the surface is, quite appropriately, called dusting. Dusting forces epoxies off of the surface of concrete floors, and can make maintenance a costly priority. Polished concrete floor eliminates dusting entirely, making for a much healthier work environment.
Simply put, a polished concrete floor system transforms a porous concrete floor
into a tightened surface, dense enough to keep water, oil, and other contaminants
from penetrating the surface.
There are dozens of ways for concrete floors to break as they
get old: rain damage, surface stress, delamination, improper
curing, curled cold joints, joint shoulder failure...the list goes
on. But one solution, the Polished Concrete floor system, can
make any floor look better than new. We actually remove the
top part of the surface of your old concrete floor (including
any patchy, partial, or whole coatings), and harden what was
once beneath the old surface. Old, deteriorating, or weak
concrete can be strengthened, and have its impact resistance
and abrasion resistance increased, once the floor has been polished.
With a floor as reflective as a polished concrete floor, the increased lighting in
your facility doesn't just make it easier on your lighting bill or merely make your
floor look more beautiful. Whether employee or customer, anyone in your
facility who is able to see better will be able to use your facility more easily than
before. Can any other floor system do that?
When a concrete floor is polished, it may look like glass, but it has a higher
friction co-efficient than ordinary concrete. Simply put, it is much harder to slip
on a polished concrete floor, wet or dry. Polished Concrete always meets and
often exceeds OSHA standards for floors.
In other floor systems, a tire mark is usually there to stay until the floor is
repaired. With a polished concrete floor system, ordinary cleaning removes such
In heavy industrial facilities, rough and uneven surfaces
cause tires to wear out rather quickly. Most concrete floors
have small "curling" joints, from where the concrete bows
upward on the edges during concrete curing. Getting a
Polished Concrete floor system on these areas will level the
joints and make the entire surface smooth, making tires last
Most floor systems, even ordinary concrete floors, require aggressive scrubbing.
Oil, paint, and other staining spills can leave lasting impressions on ordinary
surfaces. But a polished concrete floor system doesn't require such intense
scrubbing -- the surface is so tightly compacted that it actually repels oils and
other substances, making cleaning much easier than with other floors.
Polished areas can be put into service immediately after the process is complete.
Due to the cleanliness of the process and the lack of toxic or hazardous
chemicals, we have helped food manufacturing corporations, pharmaceutical
manufacturers and other medical supply corporations meet the strict condition
standards that their floors require. In many cases you can install a polished
concrete floor system while the plant is in full production. Polished Concrete
floors have been installed in hospitals, with patients, family and hospital staff
walking on the floors, without interruption to their daily routine & activity.
The savings from a polished concrete floor system easily runs into the hundreds
of thousands of dollars for most facilities, even in a 10-12 year period. The
numbers speak for themselves.
With Polished Concrete, there is no need to wax or strip the floor. All the
maintenance hours and cost that used to have to be spent on such things can
finally be spent elsewhere, since a Polished Concrete floor system never needs it!
Polished concrete can sometimes be mistaken for marble; it is so smooth and
attractive. No other floor system can boast such beauty as a Polished Concrete
floor system. Epoxies don't even come close. Photos may help tell the story, but
a real-life demo will make you a believer.
There is simply no comparison to other floor systems when
it comes to how long a floor can last. The first Polished
Concrete floor systems are still in excellent condition, and
in the event that they need to be refurbished, that can be
done at a fraction of the cost of any other floor system,
extending the life that much farther.