cARE & MAINTENANCE
Your exterior surface was sealed with multiple coats of a high gloss, UV - Inhibiting, penetrating solvent based sealer. This sealer will repel dirt, dust and other substances that can get a foothold on concrete surfaces and promote the growth of mold and mildew. The basic care is show below.
If you notice a powder white or splotchy appearance, especially after rain, the sealer is doing its job. This is the dust/dirt mentioned above. A rinse with a garden hose followed by drying with a leaf blower will fix this.
Pressure washing is generally NOT needed. A rinse and blow dry will remove most debris off the surface. If you do use a pressure washer, please use with caution and NEVER higher than 2800 p.s.i unless you are familiar with the use of a pressure washer. It IS possible to ruin ANY surface with a pressure washer being mis-used and this is NOT covered by an warranty.
If there was a spill or something you don’t clean right away, use mild dish soap and warm water to loosen the material then rinse and dry and it should be as good as new.
Plastic glides or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy furnishings or items that will move frequently or items that will move frequently. It is NOT uncommon to scratch any surface that has a hard surface grinding over it and this NOT covered by any warranty but is easily fixed.
Potted plants should have a dish placed under them to catch their excess water; this is especially true if you use fertilizers on the plants. Staining could occur and is NOT covered under any warranty.
The surface MUST be re-sealed from time to time. We recommend every two to four years optimizing the life of your area. If it is a driveway, we recommend every two years because of our climates and de-icing chemicals. When the sealer is worn off, the area is subject to UV damages among others. To keep your warranty in effect, you MUS maintain your area. Professional work by us or homeowners using our materials with a complete maintenance record as well.
If you EVER have any questions regarding the maintenance of your concrete, please call us first. If you “experiment” on your concrete, we will NOT be responsible for the results and this will NOT be covered by any warranty.
Your custom interior floor will last a lifetime if properly maintained. Plastic glides, felt pads or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy furnishings or those which will be moved frequently. Use the same precautions you would use for a hardwood floor. A door mat at the outside (hemp or rope style) and inside entrance mats should be able to breathe and be cleaned regularly to help minimize damage to your new floor.
Dust mopping removes the fine dust and grit which can grind away a floors finish. This will help prevent major floor finish deterioration caused by normal traffic. The best results are obtained by using a micro-fiber dust mop. You can always upgrade the floors surface with commercial grade hardeners. Talk to your sales rep for information on this. The following procedures should be followed:
Dust mop the floor in one continuous movement without lifting the mop off the floor. Overlap your stroke each pass.
Clean the dust mop after each use by shaking it clean out doors or vacuuming.
NEVER use a “SWIFFER Wet Jet” type of cleaning tool. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of Solvent material. This will NOT hurt the sealer but could cause the wax to eggshell. Also, do not use ammonia, bleach or pine sol.
Wax is a sacrificial coating to protect the floor and bear the brunt of the scuffing and scratches. We will gladly do the initial wax for you. We charge $0.95 p.s.f.($495.00 min) and this includes the first two coats installed with a burnisher and a third hand applied top coat. We will show you how to do this if you wish or we can also schedule regular maintenance for you if you desire. We always use a 20% solid wax or better in our process and recommend the same. Do NOT use Mop n Glo or similar wax products. Depending on the setting of the floor, commercial or residential, will dictate how often this should be done. Also, be sure to read the instructions on the product you use to strip the wax or consult us for this service. Applicable fees will apply.
NOTE: It is plausible for the wax to actually minimally dull the floor temporarily. This is NOT uncommon and should understood.