C2 FLOOR MAINTENANCE- GUIDE FOR POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS

Mirror Polished Flooring

11 Jan 2019

C2 FLOOR MAINTENANCE- GUIDE FOR POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS

EXPOSED CONCRETE IS A BEAUTIFUL, LONG-LASTING FLOORING SOLUTION. HOWEVER, EVERYTHING NEEDS PROPER MAINTENANCE.

We developed a simple plan to help upkeep your concrete floor and help maintain it during different stages of wear, along with simple tips to keep your investment as beautiful as new.

OUR CLEANERS

The C2 range of maintenance chemicals are designed to make polished concrete last a lifetime. When considering cleaners, pH is a key factor in maintaining your investment. The pH of concrete is basic, in the range of 9 - 11. Therefore, regular use of a typical “pH neutral” cleaner (pH 7) will slowly etch the surface, as it is more acidic than the natural pH of concrete. Our C2 Cleaners are specifically formulated to be balanced with the pH of concrete, making them the the safest choice for maintaining your surface.

Regular upkeep on C² floors will extend the lifetime of the concrete, reducing the costs of re-treatment. Furthermore, C² Maintenance is the only product on the market today that is specially formulated with lithium for the conservation of concrete surfaces. A commitment to service and maintenance is extremely important in protecting your investment and the best method to increase the surface’s longevity.

TESTING

DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF FLOOR YOU HAVE - MECHANICALLY POLISHED OR SEALED. EVALUATE ITS CONDITION AND DECIDE WHAT TREATMENT IT REQUIRES EVERYDAY MAINTENANCE TO KEEP YOUR FLOOR LOOKING GREAT

Some sections of the floor may require different levels of maitenance depending on traffic. We can customize a maintenace plan based on your current needs and scenario. For custom programs, contact our C2 headquarters directly.

DAILY

EVERYDAY MAINTENANCE TO KEEP YOUR FLOOR LOOKING GREAT

1. Dust mop everyday

2. Clean with an autoscrubber using a soft white pad and C2 Clean, or mop and bucket with C2 Clean

3. High speed burnish as needed with C2 Heat pad or C2 #3000 DIP pad. Reccomended 1-3x week depending on wear

WEEKLY / MONTHLY

TO BRING LIGHTY STAINED OR DIRTY FLOORS BACK TO ORIGINAL CONDITION

1. Dust mop

2. Scrub with autoscrubber using a #1500 C2 DIP pad and C2 Maintenance*

3. High speed burnish with C2 Heat pad or C2 #1500 DIP pad

*Alternate the direction of the autoscrubber each refresh, starting at the stopping point from the previous refresh. Walk at a slower pace in areas with lower gloss / staining.

YOUR NEW CRETE COLORS FLOOR HAS THE DENSITY, HARDNESS AND APPEARANCE UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER FLOOR OF ITS KIND. WITH PROPER CARE IT WILL LAST THE LIFE OF THE BUILDING

REFRESH

FOR LIGHTLY STAINED AND DIRTY FLOORS. DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC AND WEAR, C2 SEALERS WILL NEED TO BE REFRESHED EVERY SIX MONTHS TO TWO YEARS

1. Dust mop

2. Scrub floor with #1500 C2 DIP pad using C2 Degrease in your autoscrubber. For proper C2 Degrease dilution ratio, refer to the Technical Data Sheet

3. Allow surface to dry completely

4. Apply a light coat of desired C2 protective treatment such as C2 Seal, C2 Ultra Seal or C2 Protector (refer to TDS for application instructions)

5. High speed burnish with appropriate C2 Heat Pad or C2 DIP pad

LIGHT REPAIR

FOR FLOORS WITH DAMAGED SEALER, STAINING AND WEAR PATTERNS

1. Dust mop

2. Repair joints & pop outs with repair material and joint filler, if needed

3. Scrub floor with #400 C2 DIP pad working up to #800 C2 DIP pad *If color is involved, apply C2 Tint / C2 Color Hard after #400 grit, allow time to dry.

4. Apply C2 Hard and allow time to dry

5. High speed burnish with #1500 C2 DIP pad

6. Dust mop excess debris

7. Scrub with C2 Maintenace and #3000 C2 DIP pad

8. Apply desired C2 protective treatment such as C2 Seal, C2 Ultra Seal or C2 Protector

9. High speed burnish with appropriate C2 Heat Pad or C2 DIP pad

SPOT REPAIRS - RESTORE MAINTENANCE

FOR DAMAGED SEALER AND LIGHT ACID ETCHES, USE C2 REMOVE

1. Mix C2 Remove with water in a pump up sprayer

2. Apply diluted C2 Remove to the area requiring repair and allow to sit for 10 minutes

3. Use a swing buffer with a #400 or #800 C2 DIP pad to scrub the area until sealer is removed

4. Vacuum and remove excess liquid from surface

5. Apply a thin layer of C2 Hard to the repaired area and allow to fully dry

6. High speed burnish with #1500 C2 DIP pad

7. Dust mop excess debris

8. Apply desired C2 protective treatment such as C2 Seal, C2 Ultra Seal or C2 Protector

9. High speed burnish with appropriate C2 DIP pad or heat pad

 

TIPS-

Acidic food (cola, milk, pickles, mustard, etc.)

Immediately clean with fresh water or C2 Clean*. Acids will etch concrete if not removed quickly.

Adhesives

Remove tape with a razor blade. Be careful not to scratch the surface. C2 Remove* or acetone will take off adhesive residue.

Alkaline stains (laundry soap, ammonia, etc.)

Clean with C2 Clean* while still fresh to minimize most stains. C2 Seal* will refresh the gloss.

Candy

Remove from the floor. Clean sticky residue with C2 Clean*.

Chocolate

C2 Degrease* diluted 1:10 with light scrubbing gets rid of most stains.

Deicing salts

Auto scrubbing with C2 Clean* removes the residue

Grease, oil, brake fluid, etc.

Cleaning with C2 Degrease* diluted 1:10 while still fresh helps prevent most stains. C2 Stain Clean* will pull out set-in stains. Deep-set stains may take more than one application.

Gum

Remove quickly for best results. Scrape what you can off the surface. Remove residue with C2 Remove*.

Heel marks

Most shoe marks can be easily removed by rubbing with C2 Clean*

Tire marks

C2 Degrease* with scrubbing takes off most tire marks

Water spots

Burnishing gets rid of most water spots quickly. If needed, dilute C2 Seal* 1:1 with water and lightly mist the surface before burnishing to refresh gloss.