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4 Myths (and the Truth) about Caring for Concrete Floors

Concrete is a worthwhile option for homeowners and commercial property owners looking for new flooring options. Concrete floors, of course! Due to today's solutions and techniques, this material is highly adaptable and attractive for a wide range of applications, including flooring.

What's holding you back from investing in concrete floors? This low-maintenance, long-lasting option may have a few misconceptions about its versatility and appeal. Concrete is well worth investing in for your floor surfaces for a number of reasons. At Cloud Concrete, our Concrete contractors Seattle WA are always committed to giving our best because customer satisfaction is very important to maintain our goodwill. Our Concrete services and repairs are available for both domestic and commercial customers.

Concrete: What people don't know

The reason property owners don't give concrete enough credit is that they make some misconceptions about its capabilities.

Is there a myth about this material that you have believed in the past?

Myth #1: Concrete is just cement gilded up 

Considering concrete and cement to be the same thing? Don't believe it! Unlike cement, which binds materials together (such as bricks or stones), concrete is much more than that. 

All sorts of durable surfaces can be built with concrete, which consists of gravel, sand, and crushed stone. You can actually customize it to create a unique look for your flooring by using various types of stones.

Myth #2: Concrete will crack eventually 

Concrete can crack, but there are ways to reduce its likelihood. The area where the floors are to be laid will be assessed and leveled out by a reliable, knowledgeable concrete company.

As soil expands and contracts, buildings also settle and shift, resulting in cracked concrete. Depending on your circumstances, there are solutions - from crack-filling sealants to a whole new pour.

Caring for Concrete Floors

Myth #3: Special treatment isn't necessary for concrete

Concrete surfaces don't need to be maintained once they've been poured and hardened, according to some property owners. That's not true. Concrete needs to be cared for just like any other material.

Concrete flooring lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other flooring materials because it is more durable. Linoleum wears down faster than wood and doesn't rot like wood.

Concrete's life can be extended by sweeping and mopping dirt rather than constantly polishing, staining, and replacing broken parts. Stains can be removed with gentle cleansers.

Myth #4: Concrete floors are all the same    

Concrete and additives can be used to create different types of flooring. The sealant and finish can also be applied in many ways.

Take time to learn about your concrete flooring's specific maintenance needs as you plan to care for your floors. Your concrete surfaces will perform better if you use the right treatments for your unique property.

How to Take Care of Concrete Floors

Let's talk about how to ensure your concrete floors last the longest now that you know the myths property owners fall prey to when it comes to concrete maintenance. For simple, effective upkeep, follow these steps:

1. Every day, tidy up gently 

As with any material, concrete requires care just as much as any other. Regular cleaning, however, makes maintenance easier. 

  • Keep your concrete floors clean by sweeping them daily to prevent scratches and stains. 
  • Immediately clean up spills.
  • Avoid tracking in ice-melt (which bores into concrete).
  • Concrete floors should be cleaned using environmentally friendly cleaners.

2. Once or twice a year, polish 

It is inevitable that your concrete flooring will lose its attractive sheen over time. Work with a concrete polishing company experienced in handling concrete to solve this problem. 

  • Select a cleaning company with the right expertise and equipment.
  • Ask your concrete installer (like us!) for recommendations on how to properly polish your floors.

3. Every four to seven years, apply sealant and refurbish 

Concrete can be damaged by heavy foot traffic, which wears away the protective finish. Minor scratches can be smoothed out with a fresh coat of sealant.

  • To be effective, sealant applications require expertise and proper technique.
  • Concrete companies (like ours) can handle this care professionally with special equipment.

Concrete Flooring Benefits for Your Property   

From commercial buildings to creative residential properties, concrete floors are attractive and easy to maintain.

We at Cloud Concrete will be happy to assess your property and provide a clear proposal for concrete pouring services in the Seattle area.

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