Mastering the Art of Cleaning Polished Concrete Floors – tips and techniques

image of windows from a lounge with snow capped mountains in the background and a gleaming polished concrete floor

Polished concrete floors have gained tremendous popularity in NZ for their sleek, modern appearance and low maintenance requirements. To keep these floors looking their best and prolong their lifespan, adopting the right cleaning practices is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to clean polished concrete floors effectively.

Begin by proactively avoiding the accumulation of dirt and debris on your polished concrete floors. Consistent dusting with a soft-bristle broom or a microfiber mop is essential to ensure the surface remains pristine and free from scratches. This straightforward action plays a crucial role in preventing particles from ingraining themselves into the floor’s surface, preserving its glossy appearance.

Gentle Mopping

For routine cleaning, a damp mop is your go-to tool. Use a pH-neutral cleaner diluted with water to avoid damaging the floor’s finish. Avoid harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners, as they can dull the shine and compromise the surface. Mop the floor in sections, and make sure the mop is not overly wet to prevent excess moisture from seeping into the concrete.

Spill and Stain Management

Deal with spills promptly to minimise potential staining. Dab liquids using a fresh cloth and cleanse the affected area with a mild cleaning solution. For stubborn stains like oil or grease, opt for a specialized concrete stain remover, adhering to the provided manufacturer’s guidelines. Steer clear of abrasive scrubbers that may accidentally scratch the surface

Deep Cleaning

Periodically, your polished concrete floor may benefit from a deeper clean. Use an automatic scrubber with a soft pad attachment or a high-quality microfiber mop for this purpose. Again, choose a pH-neutral cleaner suitable for polished concrete surfaces. Ensure that the floor is thoroughly rinsed and dried after deep cleaning.

Protecting the Surface

To maintain the glossy finish and durability of polished concrete, consider applying a concrete floor sealer or polish periodically. This adds an extra layer of protection, making the floor more resistant to stains and enhancing its visual appeal.

Preventive Measures

Place doormats at entrances to minimize the amount of dirt and debris tracked onto the floor. Using furniture pads under heavy objects prevents scratching and abrasion. Regularly trim pet nails to avoid potential damage.

Professional Maintenance

While polished concrete floors are relatively low maintenance, seeking professional maintenance from time to time can help maintain their optimal appearance. Professionals can provide specialized cleaning and re-polishing services to ensure your floors continue to shine. We sell concrete floor cleaners in our showroom.

In conclusion, cleaning polished concrete floors requires a combination of regular upkeep and proper techniques. By incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine, you can ensure that your polished concrete floors remain stunning and durable for years to come. Remember, gentle cleaning practices and timely maintenance are the key to preserving the beauty and longevity of your investment.

At NZ Grinders, after completing a diamond polished floor, we offer a complementary service of the loan of our SEBO polisher periodically so you can keep your polish looking its best (T&C’s apply) – contact us for details – we cover both the North or South Island on 0508-694-746



  1. What an insightful guide to maintaining the allure of polished concrete floors! I’ve found that using a microfiber cloth with a blend of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap works wonders for spot cleaning tough stains without compromising the floor’s shine. It’s been my go-to for those occasional stubborn marks. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips—I’ll definitely incorporate them into my routine to keep my floors looking pristine! Jim

    1. We’ve been working with concrete in Atascadero, CA and do these kind of floors all the time. They look so amazing when finished. Thank you for the tips!

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