One of our favorite features of decorative concrete is how easy it is to clean and maintain. Its sealed surface creates a barrier that’s resistant to dirt, dust, and moisture, making cleaning simple and painless.
Trying to sweep a real cobblestone floor is nearly impossible. It takes serious effort and endless passes with a sturdy broom to clean the unsealed surface that absorbs dirt and debris. With decorative concrete, you can get the appearance of real cobblestone without having to break your back cleaning it.
Decorative concrete has no crevices or grout lines that trap dirt, and can easily replicate brick, stone, or wood patterns. Forget the need for harsh chemical cleaners or heavy-duty equipment like pressure washers–all you’ll need is a wet mop, dust mop, and neutral-pH cleaner.
Using a dry dust mop
Routinely passing over your decorative concrete floors with a dry microfiber dust mop will keep them clean and shiny. You may need to do this once a week, every few days, or even daily depending on foot traffic.
Microfiber dust mops like Swiffers are the ideal choice, because they create static electricity that removes dirt and dust rather than spreading it across your floor. Keep your dry mop dry, don’t spray it with cleaners. This can result in a slippery surface and dull its shine.
Using a wet mop
Depending on the location of your decorative concrete floor, you may need to pass over it with a wet mop either weekly or monthly. If it’s in your kitchen, it will undoubtedly need to be cleaned more often due to spillage and frequent use. A bedroom, on the other hand, won’t need to be cleaned as frequently. Follow these instructions when using a wet mop:
- Run the dry mop over your floors first so that they are free of dirt and dust.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mixing your cleaning solution, and mop your floors in sections. Make sure to rinse the mop regularly during this process.
- Do not leave any puddles of water on the floor or use harsh ingredients like bleach or ammonia. Neutral-pH cleaners like mild dish soap will suffice.
Other maintenance tips
Despite the fact that concrete is the toughest floor available, it is still susceptible to wear over time. You can keep your decorative concrete floors looking new for years to come by following these tips:
- Consider waxing your interior stained concrete floors for added protection.
- Reseal your concrete every 18 to 24 months if the surface starts to dull.
- Wipe up spills as soon as they occur.
- Consider adding rugs to the entryway, bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.
Port Aggregates has been proudly serving Louisiana’s concrete needs for over forty years. We have ample experience in producing beautiful concrete for commercial and residential projects. To request a quote for your next project, click here!