Concrete flooring is among the greenest building materials available on the market today. Made of easily abundant natural materials, such as crushed stone, concrete, or concrete slabs are able to help enhance air quality, cut down on waste, and even reduce your energy costs. Best of all, most a concrete floor is often already installed at your home, just waiting to be re-vetted and restored. This is ideal for those with little handy experience as well as those looking to do-it-yourself. The first step in restoring your concrete floors is removing the old finish or coating. Then, remove the padding and any accessories, if any.
Once the old surface is bare and you are ready to begin treating your concrete floors, it is important that you wear a protective mask and gloves, as some concrete flooring solutions are acidic and can damage your skin. The pH level of most solutions used to treat concrete floors should be between one and two, depending upon the particular solution. After applying the solution to the floor surface, allow it to soak for a few minutes, then rinse with clean water. Once rinsed, your floors should be noticeably improved.
Some people choose to paint their concrete flooring instead of using a mat. Although painting a concrete flooring material will dramatically change its appearance, it may not be as durable as a mat. As a result, paint can become chipped or damaged over time. Also, paint tends to flake and peel, which can destroy the look of your interior design scheme. If you are considering a change in interior design, or simply want the appearance of a new floor, concrete floor finishes are the answer.