Care & Maintenance For Exterior Decorative Concrete
Maintenance of a decorative concrete and concrete overlay is dependent on the type and amount of traffic it receives. The type of sealer or industrial topcoat that was applied will also dictate the type of maintenance that will be required.
Daily Maintenance: Keep the surface free of dirt and grime. The surface should be swept or hosed off
with water to remove loose debris and dirt from the surface. This is important due to dirt containing sand
and when walked on will cause abrasion to the surface. If left dirty and continued traffic is allowed, the
sealer’s life expectancy will be shorter. The more often the surface is swept or hosed off to remove dirt
and grime the longer the sealer / topcoat will last. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately prior to
drying on the surface and at no time should solvents be used during this clean up.
Periodic Maintenance: When the surface has become excessively dirty, the surface will require
additional cleaning. At these times the surface may be power washed. The need for mild detergent may
also be needed from time to time to remove dirt and grime. A mild detergent such as dish washing
detergent may be used to cut oil. If needed laundry detergent may be used but at no time should a solvent
based product be used. Solvents will damage any sealer or industrial topcoat.
Resealing: The surface should be resealed once every two or three years when sealed with solvent
based acrylic sealer and yearly if sealed with water based sealer to ensure the surfaces longevity and
beauty. The resealing frequency may vary slightly due to wear and tear for each location. The resealing
should be performed professionally to ensure proper application and sealer compatibility.
Care & Maintenance For An Interior Floor
Maintenance of Epoxy floors is dependent on the type of traffic a floor will receive, the amount of traffic and
the type of sealer/topcoat that was installed. There are several types of sealer/topcoats that could have been
used on your flooring system but regardless of the type of sealer/topcoat used it will require the same type of
maintenance. The main difference will be the need of certain maintenance procedures being performed more
frequently which will be dictated by the amount of traffic the floor receives.
Preliminary Maintenance: Prior to opening the floor to traffic it should be cleaned and receive two to four
coats of floor finish. This floor finish is described below under “Applying Floor Finish”. This application of floor
finish will act as a sacrificial surface to wear and tare.
Daily Maintenance: Keep the surface free of dirt and grime. The surface should be dust mopped to remove
loose dust and dirt from the surface. This is important due to dirt containing sands and when walked on will
cause abrasion to the surface. The more often the surface is dust moped will reduce the need for the
application of floor finishes to the surface.
Mopping: The surface should be mopped with a neutral PH floor cleaner. There is not a particular brand which
we recommend but any quality neutral PH floor cleaner will work. These cleaners are most commonly found as
ceramic and quarry tile cleaners. At times and in certain area in may be necessary to disinfect areas such as
locker room floors. At those times a small amount of bleach in water may be used but it should not be used as
a daily cleaner.
Applying Floor Finish: All concrete flooring systems will require the application of a floor finish to the surface
as stated above. We recommend the application of two coats prior to opening the area to residential traffic or
at least three to four coats to commercial traffic. The floor finish that is recommended is a high quality non-
buffing floor finish, one which would be used for VCT. There are several techniques for the application of floor
finish but mopping it on to a clean dry surface is fine, but make sure to follow all the manufacturer’s
directions. We do not recommend products such as Mop & Glow or Future Floor Finish. How often floor finish
applications will be needed will depend on the amount of traffic a floor receives and how clean it is kept. High
traffic areas of a floor will require additional coats more often than areas which receive little traffic. This floor
finish acts as a sacrificial coat toward abrasion from traffic and helps to protect the surface. By following these
care instructions we are sure you will receive many years of service from your flooring system.
Please feel free to contact us for additional information for the care of your flooring as special needs may