Decorated Concrete - Internal Floor Care
Your Custom Interior Floor may last a lifetime, if properly maintained:
- Plastic Glides, Felt Pads or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy furnishings or those which will move frequently
- Use the same precautions you would use for a hard wood floor
- A doormat at the outside (hemp or rope style) and inside entrance (one with a solid backing that can be shaken off outside) of a home will pick up over 85% of the dirt that would otherwise be tracked inside
- The use of mats is especially good if you are living in a new housing development.
- For the first month, an open-back mat such as a carpet remnant should be used while the sealer/finish cures.
Mat Material Matters!
Plastic-backed products should NOT be used for your mats.
An acrylic or plastic backed mat can cause discoloration under and around the mat. This phenomenon is called Plasticizer Migration.
This is caused when a plasticizer in a floor mat or floor material transfers itself (migrates) into the floor finish or sealer.
A plasticizer is an ingredient of a floor finish (or flooring/mat product) that makes it more flexible and less brittle. This is accomplished with an additive which reduces intermolecular forces in the polymers.
Since the intermolecular forces are reduced, the molecules in the plastic mat surface next to your floor will actually want to bond with the molecules in the sealer MORE than the sealer bonds to the concrete.
Then when you pull up the mat, you may be tearing up part of your sealer.
If a solid backed mat is used, it should be a mat with a backing of 100% rubber material.
Floor Cleaning & Care
*** Don't forget to rinse & clean the mop & bucket after use. Shake or brush off dust mop before using.
Daily dust mopping removes the fine dust and grit which can grind away floor finish. It will help prevent major floor finish deterioration caused by normal foot traffic.
- The best results are obtained by using a Micro-Fiber Dust Mop.
- Dust mop the floor in one continuous movement without lifting the mop off the floor. Overlap your stroke on each pass (you can also vacuum).
- Clean the dust mop after each use by shaking it outdoors, brushing it with a brush over a garbage can, or vacuuming it.
- NEVER use a "Swiffer Wet-Jet" type of cleaning tool. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of solvent material. The solvent will not harm the sealer, but will cause the wax to egg-shell.
- Do not use ammonia, bleach or Pine Sol.
Damp mopping with cool water and a neutral ph cleaner extends the floor finish life. It will not dull the finish and will enhance the gloss retention.
- Use cool water.
- Follow the recommended dilution rates on label directions.
- The mop should be wrung out tightly so that it is just damp. Do not allow the cleaning solution to puddle.
- NEVER use a "Swiffer" type of cleaning tool. I know this is a repeat from above: but I must state this again. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of solvent material. The solvent will not harm the sealer, but will cause the wax to egg-shell.
- No ammonia, bleach or Pine Sol.
Wax is the sacrificial coating to protect the sealer and bear the brunt of the scuff and scratches.
Your floor was installed with 4 coats of wax for the initial protection. We leave the remaining wax with you, so you know the type to use (a 20% minimum solids wax). No Mop-n-Glo or similar wax should be used.
How often you need to re-wax depends on the abuse you, your children or pets deal out to the floor. It varies by owner, and may be anywhere from every 3 months to every year.
- Use a looped-end Rayon mop - synthetics release material, cotton absorbs - or a Lambswool Applicator.
- Pour a dinner-plate sized puddle on the floor and spread it evenly and thinly.
- Spread the material across the surface and let it dry for 1 hour.
Your floor is now ready for foot traffic again.
Floor is streaky+
Probable Cause: (a) Floor was still dirty after mopping.
(b) Dirty mop/dirty water was used.
Solution: (a) Allow floor to dry, then dust mop or vacuum.
(b) Clean mop and use new solution mixture before re-mopping.
Footprints at entrance area+
Probable Cause: Dirty walk-off mat(s).
Solution: Shake/clean walk-off mats.
Floor is spotty+
Probable Cause: Too much solution remained on floor. Water solution shouldn't puddle.
Solution: Use a just-damp mop, so that liquid will not stand on floor.
Floor is sticky+
Probable Cause: Too much cleaner solution in water
Solution: Re-mop floor with clean water, to remove excess cleaner.
Correct solution ratio is 1 oz of solution to 1 gal of clean water.
Floor has a milky white spot+
Probable Cause: Something wet remained on floor, causing the acrylic in the sealer/wax to discolor.
Solution: Wipe up any remaining liquid and allow floor to dry.
Once dry, the milky spot will fade to clear.