How to Clean a Stained Concrete Floor

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In modern interior design, concrete floors are becoming a popular finish because they are practical, economical and beautiful. Acid-stained concrete floors are a very durable option as they are usually sealed to resist dirt and other abrasives. To keep your concrete floor looking great, you need to follow a few simple steps when cleaning.

  • Sweep your stained concrete floors often with a broom or dust mop to remove visible dirt and debris. You should do this on a regular basis, particularly in high-use spaces such as the kitchen.

  • For the occasional spill or build-up of dirt, scrub the stained concrete floor with soft brush dipped in cool water.

  • For general cleaning (or tougher stains) mix mild soap with cool water. Use a pH-neutral cleaner.

  • About once a year, depending on foot traffic, you should re-wax your floor (it was waxed initially upon installation). Apply wax to your stained concrete floor with a looped-end Rayon mop or a Lambs Wool Applicator (avoid synthetics). Pour a small pool of wax on the floor and spread it evenly and thinly, and repeat this process to cover the entire floor. It needs to dry about an hour before you walk across it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask the contractor who stained your concrete floor for cleaning product recommendations.
  • Rugs can protect high traffic areas.
  • Plastic glides and felt pads should be affixed to furniture legs to prevent scratching the floor when moving these pieces.
  • Re-seal high traffic areas as they become worn down. Every five years should be adequate.
  • Use interior and exterior floor mats to prevent tracking in dirt.
  • Don't use a metallic brush to scrub your acid-stained concrete as it can scratch the surface.

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