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