Oct 6, 2009, 11:34 AM
Post #3 of 5
In general, if the concrete floors were well-polished upon installation, they should hold up well under regular use.
You don't specify what the "harsh detergents" were -- under normal use, a cleaner like Fabulosa, very diluted, should do the trick of cleaning up dirt/spills. After the floors are swept and washed with a wet (wrung out) or damp mop (using diluted cleaner like Fabulosa), you (or whoever) should go over them again with a dry mop, to bring up the shine. If you let water stand and dry naturally, the floors will be dull, because there will be a slight residue from the water -- this is why the last polishing step is important.
Most cleaners use a squeegee, with a cloth wrapped around it, and this set up seems to give the best results -- sponge mops or string mops seem to leave streaks.
Be very sure that muriatic acid (commonly used in cleaning ceramic tiles, to remove sarro -- build up of minerals from hard water--) NEVER is used, even in the most diluted concentrations, on concrete floors.
If the floor finish seems worn (you don't say whether this is a new floor or not), then you should probably have it repolished. I don't think a sealer, or wax is necessary, or even desirable. But, that's just my opinion.
Hope this helps -- good luck!