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ACID STAINED FLOORS CARE AND MAINTENANCE  

Acid stained floors are one of our most popular DIY projects for both residential and commercial properties. Once you have the floors you’ve hoped for, we want to help you keep them looking their best. Here are a few tips for the future care and maintenance of acid stained concrete floors.

Acid Stained Turquoise Floor
Acid stained smooth White concrete overlay, Azure Blue and Cola acid stains sealed with glossy water-based polyurethane sealer
Acid Stained Boutique Floor
Smooth Gray Concrete Overlay with Diluted Coffee Brown Acid Stain , Sealed with Water-Based High Gloss Acrylic Sealer and Commercial Floor Wax

HOW TO CLEAN ACID STAIN FLOORS

Acid stained floors are easy to clean and rarely need more than a mop and water. Do not use harsh household cleansers on the floor. Some dish washing soaps, like Dawn for example, contain ammonia and cannot be used on waxed floors.

For deep cleaning, a light solution of an organic concrete cleaner & degreaser or a mild, non-ammonia dish washing soap and water will do.

Steam floor mops should not be used on concrete floors finished with floor wax. If damage for whatever reason does occur and the wax has turned milky in areas, use our Acrylic Floor Wax Stripper.

Furniture:  What’s under your chair legs? 

Chair and table legs can scratch decorative concrete flooring over time. Placing Teflon pads or sliders under large furniture and table and chair legs and carpet square under reclining chairs will minimize floor damage. Avoid using rolling chairs without a plastic mat.

Acid Stained Concrete Ballroom Floors
Teflon Floor Pads
Acid Stain Floor with No Shine
Shifting Sand Acid Stain and Sorrel Concrete Dye on Overlay with Water-Based Polyurethane Sealer

MY ACID STAIN FLOORS NO LONGER SHINE

If your acid stain concrete floors were previously waxed, then you most likely need to apply a coat of Residential Floor Wax. Most residential  floors should be re-waxed four times a year.

If your acid stained floors were sealed with a Polyurethane Sealer and you floor no longer shines then it maybe time to refinish your stain. Polyurethane sealers have a life of 5-10 years depending on use. The floor will require a light sanding and sealer re-application when the finish becomes worn.

Residential and Commercial Floor Wax
Residential and Commercial Floor Wax

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I RE-APPLY FLOOR WAX?

Most residential floors should be re-waxed four times a year. Areas that receive more traffic or homes that have large dogs may need to re-apply more often. No stripping is necessary. Floors should be mopped clean and dry before applying the wax. Businesses with heavy traffic should clean, wax and polish with a high-speed floor buffer on a regular basis according to use. Linoleum wax products can damage the floor finish and should be avoided. Do not allow water to stand on waxed floor surfaces. All spills should be mopped up within 30 minutes. Should a milky discoloration occur for whatever reason strip the affected area quickly and easily using our Acrylic Wax Stripper.

HOW DO I CLEAN POLYURETHANE SEALED FLOORS?

Polyurethane finishes don’t require wax and can be easily cleaned using water or a light dishwashing soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemical cleansers on the floor.

Polyurethanes Sealers have a life of 5-10 years depending on use. The floor will require a light sanding and sealer re-application when the finish becomes worn.

Water-Based Polyurethane Concrete Sealer
Water-Based Polyurethane Concrete Sealer

Take care of your floor finish and it will last for many years. Choose the right sealer and wax for your home or business based on gloss level, intended use and on-going maintenance expectations. If you have questions about your project or you’re not sure which products to select, call us at 877-255-2656 or send us a free project consultation online. Our expert technicians will be happy to help.