Step 1:  Complete Hardness Test: Test hammers are used to determine the surface hardness of concrete.  It is the quickest, simplest and least expensive way to estimate the quality and strength of concrete.

Step 2:  Repair Cracks & Holes: Wide cracks or holes in concrete are best patched and sealed with a concrete patching compound. Smaller cracks, less than 1/4 inch wide, can be repaired with a concrete caulk or liquid filler. Patching compounds typically are mixed with water and applied with a trowel.

Step 3:  Fill Expansion Joints: After removing all the old sealant use a vacuum  to suck up any debris from the concrete joints. Then use a closed cell foam backer rod in between the joints. Foam backer rods act to fill in space between concrete joints so you don’t have tof self-leveling sealant. After the foam has been placed apply the sealant

Step 4:  Grind The Concrete: Start grinding the floor with a 20, 30, 60 or 120 grit diamond segment.  This process will expose the aggregate and remove glue or thin set from the concrete.   

Step 5:  Apply Stains and Densifiers:  This process can change the color of the concrete and harden it 3 times harder more than the original pour.  

Step 6:  Polish The Concrete:  Once the floor has been stained and densified the next step is to start polishing.  There are 4 different levels of polish to choose from.  400 polish – matte finish, 800 Polish – semi-gloss finish, 1500 polish – high gloss finish and 3,000 polish –  highest gloss finish.

Step 7:  Seal & Burnish:  This is the final step to a perfect polished concrete floor. Apply the sealer and use a burnishing pad to give it a completed look.

For more information on Polished Concrete contact Swift Flooring Services.  We have mastered the art of a beautiful polished concrete floor.  (405) 887-9438