Benefits of Concrete Floor Polishing in an Industrial Facility
Concrete flooring is typically the cost-effective option when building a large warehouse or industrial facility. But is it the most cost effective to cleaning a large warehouse? Arguably not, anyone who has been in an industrial facility with concrete flooring knows that rough, uneven surface of the concrete creates a haven for dusts and dirt particles to gather. The porous surface is also prone to absorbing any liquid spills. That is where concrete floor polishing can come in and offer a better solution for a more quality environment.
Maintenance benefits of concrete polishing
Concrete polishing smooths out the surface of the flooring. This helps to lower the time it takes to sweep the floor dramatically. Warehouses often use floor brooms to try and remove dirt from the floor surface; it takes a heavy scrape to push the particles in a particular direction, and typically the dust is thrown in the air as a result. With a polished floor you can use a microfiber dust mop that traps particles as it glides smoothly across the floor eliminating the potential of airborne dust. There is far less friction to run a duster mop over the smooth polished concrete surface then a rough pitted concrete floor and the task of cleaning polished floors becomes much faster and more effective.
A polished concrete surface is also denser than plain concrete. It is easier to remove spilled material before it seeps into the surface of the flooring.
Over time, forklifts and heavy machinery can run over uneven and pitted concrete causing additional damage to the flooring. A small concrete imperfection can become a large crack or divot. By polishing the concrete, you make sure the floor is even and smooth across the surfaces. This will greatly reduce the damage caused by dropping things or heavy equipment.
Health benefits of polishing concrete floors
Your employees will also be healthier and more productive thanks to your polished concrete flooring. The smooth surface of your polished warehouse floors gathering less dust and allows it to be removed easier. This means less warehouse dust will be kicked up into the atmosphere as the employees move around the facility.
Taking steps to limit warehouse dust inhalation could lead to a variety of positive effects for employees, including:
- Less respiratory related sickness
- Employees will feel better and have more energy
- Take less antihistamine type medicine that can make them groggy and unproductive
- Have less absences
- Recover faster from other illnesses without the taxation of immune system from dust irritation
- Emotional perceptual effect, there are plenty of studies that say being in a clean environment raises your perception of quality and has a positive emotional effect.
Safer flooring with concrete polishing
By removing pitting and uneven surfaces, warehouses and industrial facilities are less likely to suffer accidents. The ability to effectively remove unwanted spills can also prevent harmful chemicals and fumes from entering the flooring.
Downfalls of polished concrete
While there are many benefits to concrete polishing, it is important to understand some of the negatives of it as well.
Concrete flooring expectations Vs. Reality
Concrete polishing does not make floors look like an automotive showroom. Often the expectation is the flooring to be as smooth as marble and a shiny as glass. The reality is that polishing concrete, while certainly more attractive can have many visual defects.
- Concrete Polished floors can have a cloudy look to it
- Sometimes there are patterns that emerge from previous flooring
- Floors could have different types of concretes poured in different areas causing them to look different from one area to another
- Deep floor stains can be amplified with polishing
Problems with previous flooring
If you are removing other flooring such as vct tiles, there may be a glue residue that would need to be properly removed before the concrete could be polished. Depending on the product this can be a lot of additional labor that diminishes the anticipated cost savings of concrete polishing.
As long as you have the right expectations, concrete polishing can add, cost savings, cleanliness, health benefits and an aesthetic value to your warehouse or industrial property.
Below are some nicely done examples of floor polishing. Contact us today to schedule the concrete floor polishing of your industrial facility!