3 Basics of Concrete Floor Maintenance

concreteMaintaining a concrete floor surface may seem relatively easy, but it can be a lot more complicated than it first appears. Keep in mind that there are two basic types of concrete floor surfaces: polished and unpolished.

In most general warehouse style facilities, the concrete will not be a polished floor surface. That doesn’t mean it can be ignored. Here are some of the most basics of concrete floor maintenance that every commercial facility should follow, regardless of whether it is polished or not.

Debris needs to be removed every day.

Dust, dirt, and other foreign contaminants can collect on the concrete floor surface. This is especially true when a forklift, heavy machines, other vehicles, and people are constantly trekking in and out of the facility.

It’s important to not only sweep the floor, but have it professionally washed, usually with a Zamboni style ride along machine.

Stains should be addressed immediately.

If you don’t address stains right away, depending on the material that is staining the concrete, it could reduce the integrity of the concrete surface. This can lead to flaws, cracking, and other hazards that can build up over time.

If you don’t have anybody designated to take care of spills or stains right away, assign somebody that job. Whatever other projects they have going on, if there is a report of a stain on any part of floor surface, they should get to work cleaning it up immediately.

If it is an environmentally hazardous material, including fuel, oil, grease, or something else similar, be sure to follow all regulations for cleanup and disposal.

A diamond floor pad is great for polished surfaces.

This abrasive style pad helps to file down the surface of the concrete. As a result, it helps to buff and polish the floor until it begins to shine. A diamond floor pad is not necessary for every concrete floor surface, but for polished surfaces there is nothing better.

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