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How To Polish Concrete

Starting your journey of how to polish concrete, it’s essential to arm yourself with the right tools. You’ll need to decide between wet and dry polishing. While wet polishing keeps things cool and dust-free, it’s dry polishing that wins the race in the industry for its speed and environmental friendliness, thanks to the advanced dust-containment systems.

 

Preparing the Surface

 

For the first step in the process you need everything clean and ready. Sweep and mop the area thoroughly to remove all dirt and dust. Strip away any old sealers or coatings and repair any cracks or blemishes. It’s a bit of a chore, sure, but it’s critical for achieving that seamless, shiny finish.

 

The Polishing Process

 

Now, let’s dive into the heart of the process – the actual polishing. You start with the first cut using a coarse grinding disc, aiming to level the surface and expose the aggregate underneath. It’s your call whether you want a subtle ‘salt and pepper’ effect or something more pronounced. The key here is to make even passes to avoid an uneven finish.

 

Following this, the second cut with a slightly finer grit smooths out the surface even more, erasing any harsh marks left by the first pass. The third cut, with an even finer grit, really starts to bring out the smoothness, paving the way for the final shine.

 

Bringing Out the Shine: The Final Steps

 

In the polishing and hardening stage, the approach depends on the density of your concrete. For denser surfaces, start with a 100-grit polish and apply densifiers to harden and seal the surface. 

 

For more porous concrete, begin with a densifier application, then progress through the grit levels – 50, 100, 200, 400, and so on. As you reach the finer grits, like 800 or 1500, the sheen becomes more pronounced, giving you that glossy, showroom-quality finish.

 

To seal the deal, a coat of concrete surface polish is essential. It acts like a protective barrier, keeping your floor safe from harm and maintaining its lustre.

 

Cost Considerations

 

When it comes to cost, polished concrete is surprisingly good value. It might appear a tad pricey upfront, but compared to high-quality vinyl, including installation, it’s a fair deal. Plus, it’s a floor that’s not just long-lasting and easy to maintain but also completely unique – a bit like having your own custom-made floor art.

 

Wrapping It Up

 

In essence, polishing concrete isn’t just about achieving a shiny surface; it’s about crafting a floor that reflects your style, with durability and character that’s second to none. Whether you take the DIY route or call in the pros like Sprecaks Concreting, you’re on your way to having a floor that’s not just robust but stylish in every sense. So, gear up and get ready to transform your concrete into a masterpiece underfoot.