FOR STAINED CONCRETE BY PEYTON & ASSOCIATES CLIENTS ONLY (These cleaning tips are applicable ONLY if your floors were stained with our system. )
Caring for your newly stained concrete floors
Acid-stained concrete floors are durable and easy to maintain. Because our stains are created with acid-etching, not paints or pigments, they often have unique characteristics, including:
● Wide color variations, mottling, and unevenness of color. ● Imperfections and irregularities, such as hairline cracks (which we like to think of as veins found throughout nature). ● Flaws caused by construction. These include glue, paints, chemical or oil spills, tape lines, permanent marker, nail holes, etc. While we can’t be responsible for other contractors or flaws in the concrete itself, we work hard to make your stained concrete floors as beautiful as possible.
Cleaning and maintaining interior floors:
Sweep and mop with warm water. We recommend The Container Store's Floor Washer Mop (comes in two sizes, with replacable sponge mop heads and easy-to-use, handle-mounted lever.)
Wax as needed. (Ask us which wax we used on your floors and where to locate it.) For homes, wax about once a year. In businesses with more traffic, wax as needed, about 4 times a year.
For scratches, you may want to rent a high speed buffer with natural hair pad. You can spray on “Snap Back” spray buff on scratched areas… then buff. This should buff out fine scratches and improve deep scratches.
Cleaning and maintaining EXTERIOR (patios/breezeways/etc) floors:
Sweep and mop with warm water. NEVER pressure wash porches. (The more powerful the pressure washer, the more likely it is to remove the top layer of concrete.) Instead, use a mop OR a medium-bristle scrub brush and a bucket of warm water, with a capful of Dove liquid detergent. If mildew is forming, add a capful of bleach to the bucket as well. Squeegee off excess water.
Reseal as needed (you'll notice the sealer wearing). Ask us which sealer we used on your patio. Be careful not to seal too often, as too many layers may cause your slab to become slippery.
A few more tips:
Protect bottoms of chair legs and other objects with felt patches to avoid scratches.
Avoid roller chairs. (The sharp ridges can grind a permanent pattern into your floor.)
Use natural material floor mats or rugs in entrances and high traffic areas. Avoid rugs with rubber backings. Also avoid flexible vinyl mats.