How to Maintain Concrete Colored with Dry Shake Color Hardener
Color hardener is a floor hardening and coloring agent that is used to stain concrete, brick, tiles and slate floors. Color hardeners increase the density of the surface of the material, thereby also increasing the resistance of the flooring material from wear and tear. Moreover, concrete stained with a color hardener is also resistant to freezing and heavy traffic while it also enhances the light-reflecting capability of the floor, thus giving it a noticeable shine. However, a properly sealed concrete still requires maintenance, especially if the floors are exposed to harsh conditions. Thus it is important to maintain flooring material with a color hardener so that they last longer. Maintenance of the color hardened concrete floor can be done bi-annually depending on the condition of the floor. For this project, you will need the following materials:
- Mild detergent soap
- Floor wax
- Dry rag
- Vacuum cleaner
Step 1 - Remove Dirt that Adhered to the Floor
To remove the dirt on the concrete floor, use a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush to dislodge the stubborn dust and debris.
Step 2 - Clean the Area thoroughly using Warm Soap and Water Solution
To completely remove any dirt, as well as harmful compounds in the concrete floor, mop the floor with a warm soap and water solution. This effectively removes the compounds like oils from the floor which will make the application of sealer difficult. Once the floor has been mopped thoroughly, make sure that you let the floor dry before you proceed to the next step.
Step 3 - Apply a New Coat of Sealer on the Floor
Once the floor has been mopped thoroughly and dried, use a sponge to apply a thin coat of sealer on the floor. Make sure that you pay attention to the cracks on the floor and that you apply ample amount of sealer on the cracks for added protection. Once the sealer has been applied on the entire area, remove the excess sealer and let it dry for several hours before you proceed to the next step. Use a clean rag to remove the excess sealer on the concrete. The application of sealer is required at least once or twice a year or until you notice that the water no longer beads up on the floor.
Step 4 - Apply Wax on the Floor
To bring back the luster on the floor, apply ample amount of floor wax or floor polish on the concrete to provide extra protection and added shine on the floor. Use a sponge or a dry rag to apply the wax on the floor. This revives the appearance of the concrete floor.
Step 5 - Spread the Wax on the Floor
Using a dry mop, spread the wax on the floor evenly. On the other hand, you can also use a floor scrubber and cleaner machine to give your floors noticeable shine. Do this at least once a month to protect your concrete floor and to retain its shiny appearance.