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 soared in popularity in NZ, renowned for their sleek, contemporary look and minimal maintenance needs. To preserve their pristine appearance and extend their lifespan, it’s crucial to implement the correct cleaning techniques. Here’s a detailed guide on effectively cleaning polished concrete floors.

Start by actively preventing the buildup of dirt and debris on your polished concrete floors. Regular dusting using a soft-bristle broom or a microfiber mop is vital to maintain the surface’s cleanliness and prevent scratches. This simple practice is key to stopping particles from embedding themselves into the floor’s surface, thus safeguarding its glossy finish.

Gentle Mopping

For regular upkeep, rely on a damp mop as your primary tool. Opt for a pH-neutral cleaner diluted with water to preserve the floor’s finish. Steer clear of harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners, as they can diminish the shine and undermine the surface integrity. Mop the floor in sections, ensuring the mop isn’t excessively wet to prevent excess moisture from penetrating the concrete.

Spill and Stain Management

Address spills promptly to minimize the risk of staining. Blot liquids using a clean cloth and clean the affected area with a gentle cleaning solution. For persistent stains such as oil or grease, use a specialized concrete stain remover following the manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid abrasive scrubbers that could inadvertently scratch the surface.

Deep Cleaning

Occasionally, your polished concrete floor may require a more thorough cleaning. Utilize an automatic scrubber with a soft pad attachment or a high-quality microfiber mop for this task. Once more, select a pH-neutral cleaner appropriate for polished concrete surfaces. Make certain to thoroughly rinse and dry the floor after deep cleaning. We rent out machines for a weekend for our customers for free* – call Glen for details 021-434-199.

Protecting the Surface

To uphold the glossy finish and durability of polished concrete, contemplate periodically applying a concrete floor sealer or polish. This additional layer of protection enhances resistance to stains and augments the floor’s visual allure.

Preventive Measures

Install doormats at entrances to minimize the accumulation of dirt and debris tracked onto the floor. Place furniture pads under heavy objects to prevent scratching and abrasion. Additionally, regularly trim pet nails to mitigate the risk of potential damage to the polished concrete surface.

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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