How to Clean Concrete Floors
How to Clean Concrete Floors
Concrete is often considered an outdoor material, suitable for driveways or garage floors. However, it can be decorative and is a good, low maintenance alternative for indoor flooring. As long as it is properly sealed, concrete is non-porous, making it resistant to stains and exceptionally easy to clean and maintain.
Stained concrete floors should always be protected with a good floor sealer to help it resist water, dirt and stains. This top layer of protection not only prolongs the life of your floor, it can also enhance the color and add sheen. Non-toxic, water-based sealers are generally recommended for indoor use because they don't contain harmful fumes. For further protection against stubborn stains and dirt, it is also recommended that you apply a mop down floor wax designed for sealed concrete floors. This helps preserve the floors and makes it much easier to buff out minor scratches and wear patterns.
Due to the densification and polishing process, polished concrete floors are extremely durable. These are excellent in high foot traffic environments because of their superior scratch resistance. They are also generally easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors because they don't require sealers or waxes.
You should never attempt to clean your sealed or polished concrete floors with ammonia, bleach, citrus cleaners, pine based cleaners, vinegar or any highly acidic substance. These are not pH neutral, and could break down or dull the sealant on your concrete flooring.
Simple Green Multi-Surface Floor Care cleans all hard floor surfaces with a safer, orally non-toxic formula that won't leave behind dangerous or dulling residue. The pH neutral cleaner dries quickly, leaving behind a spot and streak-free finish that allows the natural beauty of the flooring to shine through. Powerful plant-based extracts, essential oils and minerals are used in place of petroleum distillates, ammonia, chlorine and other harsh chemicals commonly found in other floor cleaners and cleaning products.
- Clear debris. Clean and clear the floor of all debris, dirt and dust using a vacuum, soft bristle broom or dry dust mop.
- Apply Simple Green Multi-Surface Floor Care. Spray the cleaning solution as a light mist across your floor section by section.
- Mop up in sections. Wet mop with clean water and wring well. Damp mop in sections.
- Dry. Allow the floor to air dry completely or wipe dry with a soft cloth before allowing foot traffic again.
Note: Although sponge mops can be used with this product, best results are achieved with a washable microfiber pad or disposable mopping pad.
On highly reflective or glossy floors, damp mop with plain water as a final rinse to restore greatest shine. There are no polishes or waxes in this product.