If you weren’t already, you’d now be aware the porous nature of concrete isn’t ideal for flooring. That notion is supported even further when you consider how hard it is to clean and keep clean.
Left in its natural, open state, a concrete floor acts pretty much like a giant sponge – whatever spills onto the surface will quickly absorb into the slab and be very tricky to remove. This characteristic is bad news on a couple of levels.
Goodbye fresh, clean concrete floor
Firstly, the “one-two” punch of rapid staining and stubborn removal is a blow to your hopes of maintaining a pristine concrete floor. Everyone’s seen the dark, dingy garage with oil stains everywhere, however the scary part is that it doesn’t need black gunk to look bad. Just about any liquid will soak into concrete flooring and create a colour difference that’s hard to ignore.
Bacteria and mould love concrete floors
Further up the scale of alarm from visual staining is what might be taking place on a microscopic level in wet areas on a concrete floor. By trapping all sorts of grime and moisture, concrete pores provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould (think shower bases). This can be a health concern for anyone exposed long enough and clearly unacceptable for food processing facilities, hospitals and the like. In a work environment, this type of thing has long been linked to employee illness and a measurable loss in productivity. Affected areas can be treated, however even this has its risks due to the harsh chemicals used.
Get rid of your sponge
The best way to get an easy-to-clean, hygienic concrete floor is to put something “contamination proof” over it. An impermeable coating will act as a barrier to stop spills, splashes and other junk from soaking deep into the slab. As a small side note, if these wet areas are subjected to freeze/thaw cycles, such as cold rooms, coatings will also help reduce the surface fracturing that often takes place from the expansion and contraction of water in the slab.
If you have any questions about easy-to-clean concrete floors, please don’t hesitate to contact me.