The drawback to
beautiful decorative concrete is that you notice when it is dirty.
Your new surface must be maintained properly to keep its beautiful
appearance and functionality. The information below will give you
the knowledge needed to keep your surface looking its best.
Using During Curing:
Newly installed floors
are normally cured 72 hours after final coat of wax. However on
newly installed overlays the concrete reaches its maximum strength
in about seven days. You can place furniture or heavy items 24 hours
after final coat of wax. Avoid dragging items during
Maintenance and Care:
Your custom interior
floor will last a lifetime if properly maintained. A good rule of
thumb is to treat it as though it were a hardwood floor. Plastic
glides, felt pads or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy
furnishings or those that you will move frequently. A doormat at the
outside (hemp or rope style) and inside entrance (one with a solid
backing that can be shook off outside) of a home will pick up over
85% of the dirt that would otherwise be tracked inside.
products should NOT be used for your mats. An acrylic or
plastic-backed mat can cause discoloration under and around the mat.
This phenomenon, called "plasticizer migration," occurs 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 that 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
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. The following procedures should be followed:
1. 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.
2. Follow the
recommended dilution rates on label directions.
3. The mop should be
wrung out tightly so that it is just damp. Do not allow the cleaning
solution to puddle.
4. NEVER use ammonia,
bleach or Pine Sol because they will serve to break down the wax and
sealer over time.
5. 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 weaken.
We recommend NCL’s
Withstand as the sacrificial coating to protect the sealer and bear
the brunt of the scuff and scratches. Your floor was installed with
at least 2 coats of wax for the initial protection. The wax may be
bought at JWS Janitorial Supply in Fort Worth, among other places.
1. How often you need
to re-wax depends on the use you, your children or pets put on the
floor. It varies by owner and may be anywhere from every 4 months to
2. Use a finish mop.
(a looped-end Rayon mop, distinguishable by its blue string mixed
into the mop threads)
3. Use a mop bucket,
or 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. You are now ready for foot traffic again.