Concrete is durable and beautiful enough to be used for indoor floors. Concrete is porous in nature and can thus absorb spills, dirt and even attract mildew. Foot traffic also destroys the gloss look of concrete. This material can therefore stain and leave unsightly marks on its surface. Scrubbing is the easy way out for most people but can destroy the surface of concrete. A professional cleaner can provide regular cleaning services to your interior floor and seal it for protection and a more decorative look. Cleaning indoor concrete floor follows a keen process to preserve its good finish.
Floor clearing and sweeping
The first step in indoor concrete cleaning is removing any furniture, plants, toys and other items on the floor. Next, the floor is swept with a soft dust broom. Sweeping the floor will remove dust, sand and any debris. This will prepare the floor for next cleaning.
Fine grit and dust can thoroughly be removed with detergent and water. Your cleaner will use mild soap and water to mop your interior concrete floor. The floor is rinsed well with clean water to remove all soap and left to dry completely before sealing is done.
Removing oil-based stains
If your concrete floor has oil-based stains, then they have to be removed before the floor is sealed. Degreaser can effectively be used to remove these stains. Your cleaning contractor will apply generous amounts of degreaser on the stains and allow it to sit for about an hour. After an hour has elapsed, a power washer set at medium pressure will then be used to blast away the degreaser. A distance of no close than 12 inches should be maintained to protect the concrete surface from wear.
The process of degreasing will be repeated if the oil stains are still visible. After all stains are removed, water is mopped up or swept to the nearest drain. The floor is then rinsed and left to dry. The floor will be given plenty of time to dry. Your contractor will carry out visual inspections to ensure that the concrete is fully dry. This is because chemical sealant cannot cure properly on a moist surface.
Sealant should be professionally applied for the best results.
Sealant is normally applied with a spray. The whole area cleaned is coated with sealant and left to dry. When the bluish hue of the sealant starts to disappear, it’s an indication that it is dry. You will however have to wait for a week for the sealant to fully dry before you move in your room.
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