Concrete polishing is a cost effective way to refinish an old concrete floor. Concrete is extremely durable and it’s durability is only surpassed by granite. Old concrete floors or counter tops can be refurbished to bring them into the 21st century. This process is as old as time but has become one of the most trendy flooring solutions in the past ten years. Polished concrete has an amazing modern look that many companies and home owners are choosing for their properties.
Sweet Concrete provides two different polishing process for the greater Sacramento area including Roseville, Lincoln, Folsom, Granite Bay, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Yuba City and Placerville. The first is the traditional polishing process which can be traced back to the Roman era. The concrete surface is first stripped of any adhesives, paint, or other contaminants before the polishing process begins. The surfaces are then honed with a low grit diamond embedded pad (either on a floor machine or angle grinder) to remove any scratches, etches, or surface stains. Multiple grit levels are then used to bring the surface up to the desired sheen. After each grit level the concrete is cleaned to prevent cross contamination from loose diamonds. A densifying, penetrating sealer is used during the higher grit levels to increase the density of the concrete and enhance the shine. This sealer permanently waterproofs the concrete and prevents stain penetration. Even though the concrete is sealed, the surface can still be etched from high alkali or acidic substances. These etch marks can be polished out if desired.
The second process is truly modern and has only been around for a couple of years. The concrete is stripped of contaminants and then honed with the lower grit level diamonds. This process stops around the 120 grit level and then the densifying sealer is applied. This permanently waterproofs the substrate and increases the bonding ability of the topical sealer. After the penetrating sealer has cured a three coat polyurethane sealer is applied to the concrete surface. This sealer is allowed to cure for a day or two before it is polished. The polyurethane sealer is so scratch resistant that it can be polished with specialty natural stone diamond pads. This brings the surface up to a high gloss sheen unmatched by traditional concrete polishing. The chemical and stain resistance of the polyurethane polishing process is much greater than traditional polishing as well. Oils, food, automotive chemicals, and other products that would etch or create surface stains on concrete are rejected from this industrial grade topical sealer. The spills can then be easily cleaned up using a pH balanced concrete / masonry cleaner and warm water.
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