Polished Concrete Process

Polished Concrete Process

Polished concrete is a long-lasting, sustainable and low-maintenance material which brings with it a number of important advantages. It is an immensely popular material which is heavily used for flooring and other purposes. Concrete is a great material for flooring and the polishing process gives it a stunning mirror-like finish which gives your house an ambience of cleanliness and adds class and poise to your décor. The concrete polish process is a multi-stage process in which existing concrete can be cleaned and polished using dedicated machinery to give it a glossy finish and smoothness. These are the steps involved in the process –
Grinding
For the grinding process, a concrete grinder is used. These are usually equipped with hard materials like diamonds and use different grits of resin pads to achieve the grinding. During the grinding process, low grits of resin pads are used to roughly grind the surface of the concrete so as to eliminate large nicks and bumps and achieve a degree of smoothness.
Staining and Application of Densifier
When the grinding process has been completed satisfactorily, it is time to dye the concrete. Concrete can hold colour stains extremely well, being a versatile material. After the staining process, a concrete densifier compound can be applied as and when necessary.
Honing
The honing process uses higher grits of resin pads on the grinder to further smoothen the surface of the concrete. Usually at this stage of the polishing process, the concrete starts to shine and develop gloss.
Polishing
The penultimate stage of the process involves polishing the concrete surface with progressively higher grits of resin pads till you get the amount of shine and gloss that you are looking for. Continuing to very high grits will give you a mirror finish.
Burnishing
The process is then finalised with the careful application of a burnishing pad which finishes the concrete polishing process.

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