It’s easy to ignore a concrete floor on a commercial facility, especially if it’s a warehouse. If you have a large business facility that you manage, you may have chosen or convinced the executive board to have polished concrete rather than linoleum or some other surface installed. That’s a great option and it should be pretty clear how important it is to properly maintain that floor to keep it lasting for as long as possible.
However, many commercial facilities that are warehouse style don’t spend much time paying attention to the concrete floor surfaces. A poured concrete floor of the facility seems industrial, functional, and that’s about it.
However, not paying attention to maintenance for that floor could lead to a number of safety issues and it can also require repair long before it should have to.
Everything has a life expectancy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a dog, person, building, or even a city or nation. Eventually everything will begin to break down and fall apart. That includes concrete flooring.
You may be shaking your head and assuming there’s no way the concrete floor in your industrial facility is going to be damaged. After all, it is one of the hardest man-made surfaces you can find. However, when dirt, grime, oil, gas, and other foreign contaminants get spilled on the concrete surface, it begins to impact the integrity of it. While you may assume concrete is smooth and hard, it is porous. Porous materials absorb liquids, attract dirt, and can begin to break down over time.
If you don’t have a maintenance crew properly maintaining your concrete floor surfaces, you will eventually notice cracks forming, pieces of the concrete coming apart, and that increases the tripping hazards and more. Simply patching a concrete floor is not enough to ensure safety for all of your employees moving forward.
Make the right investment and pay attention to proper commercial floor maintenance, even when it’s concrete.