by Anna Ketz
If you have a family, or even if you do not, you should consider having a polished concrete floor. Perhaps you have never heard of polished concrete flooring before an want to learn more. Then read on!If you have a concrete floor, you may be resigned to the fact that you have to deal with the dull, uninteresting finish. This is not true at all– you can have it buffed or polished to create a dazzling floor. Buffing or polishing the floor can be more cost effective than actually purchasing another type of floor. Who isn’t for saving some money during these tough economic times?If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, you will especially want to consider a polished concrete floor. Children or adults can be sensitive as well to the chemicals in vinyl or in carpeting. These chemicals can cause rashes, wheezing or other side effects in sensitive individuals. In addition, vinyl and carpet flooring can be difficult to thoroughly clean. Even if you are meticulous about washing your floors or having your carpeting professionally cleaned, it can still be difficult to thoroughly clean the surface. Most vinyl floors have indentations where bacteria can gather; dirt and liquids can actually seep through the carpeting into the padding below the carpet where they can not be reached. Over time, these things can cause mold or mildew to grow. If you have ever replaced vinyl flooring or carpeting, you will no doubt remember being surprised at all the stuff that was underneath the flooring when it was removed! This does not happen with a concrete floor.Because the concrete is polished, it is a smooth surface. This means that there is nowhere for the dirt and bacteria to hide. The smooth surface makes it possible to get your floors incredibly clean. If you have a young child who is just learning to crawl, you will no doubt have seen that they pick up dirt as they crawl. In fact, some parents joke that their children are “floor cleaners”. Although your child can pick up dirt even on a “clean” vinyl floor or on the carpet, this won’t happen with the polished concrete floors. When your floors are clean, you know that they are clean. No more cleaning the dirt off of your child after he crawls on your clean floors!
Polished concrete floors will also save you money and time. If your kids are constantly trudging across the floor bringing in mud and dirt, you can quickly and thoroughly clean concrete polishing floors with water and soap. In contrast, when your carpet gets dirty, you will need to use cleaning chemicals to thoroughly get the dirt out of the carpet fibers. Then, you need to let the carpet totally dry before anyone can walk on the surface. Unless you have a large house or you can keep your kids outside until this happens, it can really create problems. Of course, these chemicals and cleaning items can cost quite a bit of money over time. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to purchase such things?
You may want to do some research to see if a concrete polishing floor would be suitable for you and your family. You just may be surprised to learn that it is!