How to Clean Polished Concrete Floors?

Maintaining polished concrete floors is incredibly important for preserving their pristine appearance and extending their lifespan. However, keeping these surfaces clean can be tricky without the proper techniques. This guide will walk through the essential daily and deep cleaning steps. 

Daily and Weekly Routines For Cleaning Concrete Polished Floors

cleaning supplies next to a polished concrete floor

Dust Mopping

Dust mopping with microfiber pads is highly recommended as a first defense against particles that can scratch and scuff polished concrete. Choose smooth, non-abrasive microfiber to gently trap dust and allergens. Flat mop pads work better than thicker, shaggy pads for polished concrete.

Microfiber’s tight weave effectively traps dust and tiny particles before they can scratch the polished surface, unlike traditional mops that might just push debris around. 

The smooth, non-abrasive nature of microfiber ensures the cleaning process is gentle and doesn’t leave any micro-abrasions that could dull the shine over time. Flat microfiber pads offer better contact and maneuverability, preventing snags and scratches that thicker mop heads might cause.

Make sure to use light pressure and frequent pad turns as you mop. This prevents the pad from getting overloaded with dust and debris, which could then scratch the floor.


For larger open or high traffic areas, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment instead for quick and convenient dust removal. Avoid using a canister vacuum with a brushroll and beater bar, as it can mar the floor’s finish. 

Wet Mopping

Regular wet mopping with clean water is essential for keeping polished concrete floors looking their best. How frequently you wet mop depends largely on the amount of foot traffic and wear that occurs. 

For low traffic areas, a weekly or biweekly wet mopping is usually sufficient. In medium to high traffic zones, aim for 2-3 wet mopping sessions per week. And for extremely high traffic areas like entrances, you may need to wet mop daily. 

Use a microfiber mop and clean water to remove any dirt, dust or debris that accumulates. Avoid using dirty mop water, which can leave behind streaks and residue. Always rinse the mop head thoroughly after use. 

For the cleaning solution, it’s important to use a pH-neutral cleaner specifically formulated for polished concrete. Harsh chemicals like bleach, vinegar or ammonia can damage and etch the surface over time. A dedicated concrete floor cleaner will help lift dirt without stripping away the protective sealant.

Mop in small sections, rinsing the mop head frequently as needed, and overlap sections to prevent streaks. 

Advanced Cleaning Techniques for High Traffic Areas

High traffic areas like entrances, hallways, and checkout lines take more of a beating and require extra attention when it comes to cleaning polished concrete floors. Using an automatic floor scrubber can make quick work of keeping these busy zones looking their best.

When using a floor scrubber, it’s important to choose the right pads and settings to avoid damaging the polished concrete surface. Stay away from abrasive pads and brushes, which can scratch and dull the floor’s shine, making it a less decorative flooring.

Instead, opt for softer nylon or polypropylene pads. Adjust the machine to the lowest pressure and RPM settings to gently agitate the floor. Only use neutral pH detergents in the scrubber – never acidic cleaners.

Entrances and other high traffic zones may need daily or even twice daily passes with the floor scrubber to combat tracked-in dirt and grime. Pay close attention to high traffic patterns and be prepared to do spot scrubbing of extra dirty areas. 

Addressing Stains and Spills

Spills and stains are inevitable, but with the right techniques, you can keep your polished concrete floors looking pristine.

One of the best weapons against tough stains is a simple baking soda paste. Just mix baking soda with a bit of water to form a spreadable paste. Apply it generously over the stain and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing away. The baking soda will help lift and absorb discoloration.

For best results, you need to respond to spills immediately. Blot up any pooled liquid right away with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid scrubbing at this stage, as it can drive the spill deeper into the concrete. Once absorbed, follow up with a baking soda treatment or cleaner formulated for polished concrete.

Oil and grease stains, in particular, can be tricky. Try sprinkling a little cornstarch over the stain to absorb the oily residue before applying the baking soda paste. You may need to repeat this process a few times for stubborn oil stains. Test a small inconspicuous area first when dealing with any unknown stain to make sure your method won’t etch or discolor the polished concrete.

The key is staying on top of spills and stains so they don’t have time to set and bond to the concrete. With the right products and techniques, you can keep your floors spotless.

Protective Measures for Polished Concrete Floors

To protect your polished concrete floor and keep it looking its best for years to come, consider incorporating sealers and guards into your maintenance routine. These protective treatments offer several key benefits:

  • Stain Resistance: Sealers and guards create a barrier that repels spills and stains, making them easier to clean up and preventing permanent marks.
  • Enhanced Durability: They shield the polished surface from daily wear and tear, scratches, and even chemical damage caused by common household products.
  • Easier Maintenance: Sealed floors require less frequent deep cleaning and are generally simpler to maintain, saving you time and effort.

When applying sealers or guards, make sure the floor is clean and dry first. Use a microfiber pad or lint-free cloth to apply an even coat according to the product instructions. 

Allow time to dry completely before use. Reapply as needed, usually once or twice per year, depending on traffic. Taking the time to properly seal and protect polished concrete floors will help maintain their appearance and durability for years to come.

Additional Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is key for keeping polished concrete floors looking their best, but there are a few extra tips to be aware of:

  • Depending on traffic and wear, polished concrete may need to be resealed every 2-3 years. This helps renew the protective barrier against stains and etching. Hire a professional company for best results.
  • Use non-rubber backed mats at entrances to help prevent dirt, grit and moisture from being tracked in. Shake out or clean mats regularly.
  • Use felt pads under furniture legs or wide casters under wheels to prevent scratching from dragging. 
  • Have a ready supply of old towels on hand to immediately soak up spills when they occur. The quicker you can absorb liquid, the less chance it has to seep in and stain.
  • Steer clear of cleaners containing acid, bleach, ammonia, or vinegar, as these can etch and damage the surface over time. Stick to pH neutral products labeled for polished concrete.
  • Minor scratches and etching can often be buffed out through careful use of diamond impregnated pads. But extensive damage will require calling in a professional.

Wrapping Up

With a little daily care and the right cleaning techniques, your polished concrete floors can stay beautiful and functional for years to come. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle dust, dirt, and even tough stains, keeping your polished concrete gleaming like new. 

Remember, investing in high-quality cleaning products formulated for polished concrete and considering professional cleaning for high-traffic areas can further enhance the longevity and shine of your unique floors. 
Want the dazzling shine of polished concrete without the DIY hassle? Get a free quote from Atlantic Concrete Design’s professional polishing experts today! 

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