The Joy of Polished Concrete

The Joy of Polished Concrete

We were in a well-known restaurant last night which was getting ready to close. While we waited for our takeout order, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the employees was sweeping the polished concrete floor. Most owners of polished concrete use a dust mop through the heavily trafficked areas. This polished concrete floor was in an upscale eatery, where it is essential for the floor always to be as clean as possible.

As we watched, she used a soft, industrial-sized broom to swish around the chairs and tables. Everyone has swept a floor; face it, cleaning is a drudgery chore. But, because the concrete was polished and smooth, she had no problem coaxing the crumbs and detritus out from underneath the tables. Nothing stuck to the floor or had to be chased twice. A chore which is often done with resigned reluctance had become a pleasure for this young woman because she did it with such ease.

Stays Clean

Polished concrete is ground and honed, then polished to a high luster. The process creates a gorgeous finish, which doesn’t contain the cracks and inconsistencies of tile or vinyl. The result is a smooth, slip-free finish which creates a great layer upon which to build an eatery. Patrons can dine and spill food and beverages which are easily cleaned, and the floor remains relatively hygienic.

Because polished concrete is silky and flawless, the cleaning process takes only seconds, and there are no cracks or other anomalies in which spills can hide and collect to harden.  Even in establishments which have expansion cracks, since they’re few and far between, the cleaning process moves quickly.

Saves on maintenance

Every employee has chores which, while necessary, don’t constitute the more pleasurable parts of their job. But, the young woman sweeping in the eatery did so with such ease and grace. My companions and I, as well as other patrons, took pleasure in her joy as she fluttered around each table with her broom. 

In most businesses, the cleaning, while necessary, is a fiscal drain on resources better spent elsewhere, which makes a polished concrete floor an ongoing value. The hours spent cleaning grime from areas where it most certainly collects on tile floors, and other surfaces can be better spent running the business. 

Conclusion

While it doesn’t make sense to remodel to change to a polished concrete floor for ease of cleaning, it does make sense to redo the floor when it becomes worn and tired. In that case, polished concrete is indeed worthy of consideration as a new flooring option. Not only will it look fabulous and stay cleaner, but loose or broken tiles are never an issue with which the business will have to contend.

Reasons to Epoxy Your Garage Floor

Reasons to Epoxy Your Garage Floor

One of the things a homeowner can choose to do is have epoxy applied to the floor of their garage. Homeowners who choose this option are always surprised by the number of benefits it offers. Epoxy is a tough, extremely versatile option which is easy care and will make the garage safer, cleaner, and more attractive at an affordable price. 

Easy to clean

Because the epoxy is smooth, it repels all car fluids, tire marks, and other incidentals which typically mar the floor of a concrete garage. Epoxy also covers surface flaws, making the whole surface stay cleaner because there are no cracks or crevices where dirt can lodge. Because it’s smooth, it also reflects light better, making the space brighter. A few swipes of a dust mop will usually take care of any surface dirt, automotive fluids wipe up quickly, and an overall mopping now and then will make the epoxy gleam.

No concrete dust

One of the drawbacks of concrete flooring is that concrete creates a lot of dust because of its composition. Once it’s covered with epoxy, concrete no longer produces the typical garage dust which covers anything stored in the garage, such as cars, boxes, tools, or a washer/dryer, in a layer of concrete dust. Because it’s no longer a problem, the dust which used to enter the home through the connecting garage door no longer wafts inward to add to the cleaning of the house.

Safety

Epoxy offers non-slip protection for those who aren’t quite as steady as they used to be, making it a terrific option for seniors, especially if they enjoy puttering around out in the garage or have their laundry facilities or hobbies stored there. Since epoxy reflects light, the area is brighter, making everything more visible.

Affordable

One of the things about epoxy is that it is an economical means of achieving a clean, long-lasting surface. There is no need to replace tiles or regrout. Its impervious to stains, spots, and odors. It can be swept and mopped but requires very little more in the way of maintenance, which adds to its affordability. 

Aesthetics

Epoxy comes in many colors and styles, meaning a variety of looks are available. Not only that, but the sharp, stylish look of epoxy will cover imperfections in a concrete floor, making the garage look upscale and trendy. The finish is durable, so it will last for several decades if it isn’t abused. Its one of the most economical means available to make an entire garage look exceptional and eliminate the need for constant cleaning of the contents. It is an excellent investment which offers a considerable return both by providing ease of living and in appeal if the homeowner decides to sell the property.