What is involved in polishing a concrete floor?
The process of achieving a fantastic polished concrete service begins with pouring a great concrete slab. It’s the material that goes into the concrete mix that will ultimately be highlighted in the finished polish. If you’re intending on polishing concrete floors or other surfaces, then it’s essential that you choose a finish that you like before pouring the concrete.
If you have an existing concrete floor, then you can still get a fantastic polished finish. Another option would be to add another layer to your existing concrete slab, which can then have different aggregates or material added before polishing.
You may be surprised to learn that polishing concrete is very similar to sanding a piece of wood. It’s just a lot tougher! Large polishing machines that utilise diamond abrasives grind down the surface of the concrete. Course pads are slowly transitioned down through to fine pads, which will give you a smooth and polished finish.
There are two different techniques used for concrete polishing:
Wet Polishing – While wet polishing is easier on the abrasives used during the polishing process, it involves a lot more work both during the process and cleaning up afterward. Wet polishing utilises water as a lubricant, which results in a lot of mess and cleanup.
Dry Polishing – Dry polishing is the most widely used method across the industry. It’s faster than wet polishing, it’s easier, and there is less clean up after the job is finished.
Real Shine Stone polished concrete and flooring quality & standards!
While there aren’t published standards when it comes to polished concrete floors and concrete maintenance, we work to an extremely high industry standard. We aren’t happy until our clients and customers are happy with their finished flooring.
Concrete polishing isn’t just grinding your concrete and putting a coating on it. One of the most significant advantages to any concrete flooring or surfaces is that they don’t require any ongoing maintenance apart from mopping.
When we polish floors, we start with a coarse pad and then transition down through multiple pads until we finish at the desired polish level. During the polishing process, we also add an internal impregnating sealer. This sealer absorbs into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye but protects your concrete. It also helps to strengthen the concrete.