We can take a dull grey concrete finish to a glossy mirror-like finish. There are different types of reflectivity which are achieved by using a variety of resin grits and polishes. Similar fashion to sanding wood, the concrete floor in different stages of grinding grits can achieve a great finish.
- Ground concrete grits 20-100
- Honed concete grits 200-400
- Low sheen grits 400-800
- Hi- sheen grits 800-3000
fully aware of the end result would be and the amount of exposure expected of the aggregate. Polishing concrete floors are very individual. The aggregate and the finish will be dependant on the geograpical areas the floors are laid. The aggregate stones can be individual to the areas quarried. The floors can have a degree of shine density.
From an initial light grind- to a salt and pepper look- to a Klindex 7 grind process to expose a deep aggregate finish and a high gloss or matte finish.
How is concrete polishing a great alternative to carpet/lvt and vinyl?
Depending on the hardness of the concrete, a low grit diamond segment s are used initially to remove imperfections and smooth out the concrete. Cracks in the concrete at this stage are sealed with expoxy. Then the grit is moved to a higher grade, where we also apply water to increase the grinding process and help with the grinding dust, then the water slurry is mechanically removed.
At this stage, an impregnating sealer is used, when applied sinks into the concrete which hardens and densifies the concrete.
The process of the polishing is changed to the resin type and from 100-3000 grit the polishing is carried out until the end result is in the quality of the concrete finish.
A stain guard is then applied to leave a great wearing and water proof finish. Polished concrete is cost effective against other floor finishes, more durable and easy to clean, meaning more hygenic against dust mites and other allegan problems
Are concrete floors slippery?
Polished concrete floors may look as smooth as glass, but they are completely safe to walk on when kept clean and dry. What's more, they tend to be less slippery than waxed linoleum or polished marble. In public facilities with heavy foot traffic, however, preventing slip-and-fall accidents is a top priority.
Keep polished floors free from grease,oil,liquids and attend to spillages as soon as possible. Also a non slip coat could be applied to the surface of the concrete if slip hazards is an issue
Can all concrete floors be polished?
The condition of the concrete should be determined when a polished concrete is required. Cracks, weak screeds and dusty surfaces can be repaired, but if beyond repair, a concrete overlayment must be used. Having a true flat floor will make concrete polishing easier and more effective and also more cost effective = less working time.
What about concrete floor cracks?
Are these movement or static cracks in the floor. Static or minor cracks are easily filled and stained to match the end result of polishing. Movement cracks need to chased out and filled with coloured semi rigid poly urea and coloured to match the end result of polishing.
Concrete colouring and staining
This is an exciting feature and will give an artistic flow to any concrete. We use Beton colour dye from Klindex, which when applied goes in depth in the concrete to from with the cement salts and will not peel, scratch or bubble.
Klindex colours :
We use Klindex Levightor and expander series for our floor grinding and floor polishing, connected to Klindex vacuum systems to produce dustless polished floors.
How to implement the concrete colouring and staining?
This is an exciting feature and will give an artistic flow to any concrete. We use Beton colour dye from Klindex,
which when applied goes in depth in the concrete to from with the cement salts and will not peel, scratch or bubble.
We use Klindex Levightor and expander series for our floor grinding and floor polishing, connected to Klindex vacuum systems to produce dustless polished floors. Please check out our Klindex colour chart.
How do I maintain a polished concrete floor?
These type's of floors are generally easier to maintain than other concrete decorative finishes.
Daily mopping to remove dust/dirt and grime accumulation that can abrade the surface of the concrete. Frequent wet mopping is also needed. Although only clean water can be used, you'll have greater success using a floor cleaner to suspend the dirt particles so they can be more easily removed. We recommend using only neutral-ph cleaners on polished concrete, since a cleaner that is too acidic or too alkaline will deteriorate the concrete and dull the shine of the floor.
What is the Klindex polishing system?
Using Klindex polishing system, we can polish your marble, terrazzo and natural stone with the Supershine and Spongelux diamond pads, which will polish and shine your worn out floors- rapid. Existing floors with deep scratches can be removed by using the supershine plus 3 steps pads. Environmentally clean... just use water for a superior clean and shine. We also have specialised Elica pads from Klindex, which will polish and shine Marble, terrazzo, concrete and Pandomo finishes. With Klindex Beton Shield, the sealed floor will withstand heavy footfall and commercial use. Can be used dry to polish screed overlays, polished concrete, trowelled concrete and finishes like Pandomo. When used with water, marble, terrazzo and natural stone can be polished.
If you have Marble floors that need restoration, we have the full Klindex marble polishing system, from initial grind / polish and application of seals