Concrete polishing improves the appearance and durability of an untreated concrete slab. It adds shine, increases wear, is easy to maintain and creates a beautiful and unique backdrop for any decorative style. Concrete polishing is a popular choice for showrooms, offices, museums, retail spaces, restaurants and home interiors.
Polished concrete is achieved by mechanically grinding and polishing the concrete with a series of diamond and resin based tools. A concrete densifier is utilized in the middle stages of the process to harden the concrete and allow higher levels of polishing to be effective. At the last stage, a polished concrete guard is applied; this material acts similarly to a Scotch guard that is applied to fabric in that it soaks in to the substrate to protect it from stains and general use. A concrete dye can also be utilized for a colorful decorative touch.
A typical polished concrete floor is produced up to an 800 grit finish. Once this level is achieved, the polished concrete guard is applied and then high speed burnished. It is possible to bring the level of polished concrete up to a 3000 grit finish, which improves the sheen and clarity of the job.