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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Important Questions And Answers You May Need About Polished Concrete Floors

If you are looking to upgrade the floors in your building, polished concrete can be an excellent option as it will provide many important benefits. However, those that have never owned polished concrete floors are unlikely to have the experience needed to make an informed choice regarding this type of flooring.

Why Would Someone Opt To Install Polished Concrete Floors In Their Building?

Individuals will often be leery of opting for polished concrete flooring due to a belief that it will be a low-quality flooring material. However, this is actually a very versatile and durable flooring material. Polished concrete can be colored and textured to resemble many natural stones, and this can allow you to enjoy the benefits of a floor that appears to be high-quality stone, such as marble, without having to pay the exorbitant costs for this flooring. This can make it an ideal option for businesses that are wanting to give a good first impression to clients while staying within a reasonable budget.

Are Scratches And Chips Serious Issues For Polished Concrete?

Sometimes, forceful damage can cause deep scratches to form. While these issues may seem like little more than aesthetic blemishes, they can actually pose serious structural threats to the concrete. Cracks that are left un-repaired for extended periods of time can spread. If you ever notice cracks or scratches forming in your polished concrete floor, you should hire a professional to repair these damages. While there are floor repair kits that can be used on this damage, individuals that do not have experience with this type of repair can make mistakes that may permanently compromise the appearance of the floor.

Keep in mind, however, that since concrete is so durable, cracks and chips are not likely without great force or excessive wear. 

How Will You Keep The Polished Concrete Maintained?

Unlike granite and marble, concrete is an extremely porous material. This makes preventive maintenance essential as pigments, moisture and other substances can enter the small pores on the concrete's surface. Regularly washing and cleaning polished concrete is essential for preserving its luster. To do this, you will simply use a dust mop to gently go over the floor. When there are stains or other difficult to remove spots, you may need to use a cleaning solution to remove these materials. Avoid harsh cleaning solutions as these substances can weaken the surface polish. Dish soap can be an acceptable solution for cleaning the floor as it can be very effective as loosening stubborn dirt without damaging the concrete polish.