How-to: Care and Maintenance for Acid Stained Floors
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 stained and sealed concrete floors.
Furniture: What’s under your chair leg? 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.
Cleaning the Floor: No strong chemicals, please! Acid stained floors clean easily 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. While water only is probably all that’s needed day to day, a light solution of an organic degreaser or a mild, non-ammonia dish washing soap and water will address most deep cleaning needs. Steam floor mops should not be used on floors finished with a floor wax and polish. If damage for whatever reason does occur and the wax has turned milky in areas, use our DCI Acrylic Floor Wax Stripper.
Re-applying Floor Wax and Polish: How often? 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.
No Wax Sealer? Care for Polyurethane and Acrylic Urethane finishes.Polyurethane and Acrylic Urethanes 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 and Acrylic Urethanes 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.