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Benefits And Drawbacks Of Polished Concrete

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Home having concrete flooring

Polished concrete in home

If you like glossy finish in your home, then polished concrete is the best material for you to opt for. However polished concrete is not worth the glossy finish, it has a lot more to offer. You will be amazed if you see the features and benefits of polished concrete. If you are considering polished concrete to be installed in your home, then you must check out its advantages, you will be totally flabbergasted. However it also has some drawbacks also to have to ponder upon. Top help you out make a wise and informed decision, here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of polished concrete.

Benefits

  • Budget friendly

The costing of polished concrete depends upon its complexity but on general grounds it will cost just 2$ per square foot. The maximum costing of polished concrete can go up to 304 per square foot. Majority of the installations are very much cost effective. It would be quite budge friendly if you are having a current concrete slab which is prepared for polishing, staining or installation of any decorative overlay or coating. Polished concrete’s budget friendly feature not only comes at the time of installation but it remains for the lifetime. This is because there will not be any need of replacement unless and until you are bored of your existing look. Even the maintenance issues with polished concrete are quite low.

  • Long lasting

Polished concrete is highly durable materials and it is prone to manage high foot traffic very easily and effectively. It can also manage heavy equipment’s and weights also properly. Damaging polished concrete is not easy and chipping and breaking is not at all possible. Now this would definitely attract you for installing polished concrete in your home. The longevity of polished concrete is approximately 100 or more years if it is installed, maintained and sealed properly. Even when the surrounding is very harsh, polished concrete can manage to last for that long. This will be lot higher than other floor coverings. You will not have to remove damaged surface or repair the one or not have any issues of replacing them.

  • Absence of VOC

All other floor coverings like hardwood flooring, synthetic carpet and vinyl carpet has harmful VOC (volatile organic compounds) present in them which is not the case with polished concrete.

Drawbacks

  • Very cold

One of the major drawbacks of polished concrete is that they are not good with retaining heat very well. This means that your floor will remain cold during winters. If you are residing in cold area, it’s not advisable to opt for polished concrete. If you are opting for polished concrete in cold weather then you will have higher energy bills.

  • Loud

If you have polished concrete floor in your home, you have to be ready for the noise as its surface is very loud. It is just like natural stone flooring, ceramic tile or bamboo floors, all of them are very noisy.

Tips To Clean Laminate Floor

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Cleaning laminate floors

Mopping laminate floors

Laminate floor are great for your home. However any good thing should be maintained to make it long lasting in your home. Same is the case with laminate floor also. The basic thing you need to do for caring for your laminate floor is to clean it regularly. Cleaning laminate floor regularly will help to prevent scratch or save it from getting warped. The general cleaning by sweep and dry mop would be sufficient for laminate floor. You must also go for intense cleaning at some point of time. Intense cleaning involves using mild cleaners and warm water. Apart from this, here are some of the ways you can use for cleaning laminate floor efficiently.

  • Sweep laminate floor regularly

Everyday dirt should be removed from the floor. Use dry dust mop on the laminate floor and clean up all the dust, dirt and debris from the floor. However laminate floor is basically scratch resistant but still if there is excess amount of hair, debris and dirt on the floor then it can cause the floor to get scratched if these all are allowed to stay on the floor for a long period of time. However if you are not intending to use dry dust mop, you can also go for using vacuum or soft brush attachment. While sweeping try to sweep in the direction               in which tiles are laid. By doing so, you will be allowed to pick up the debris which are falling the grooves of the pieces of laminate floor.

  • Clean up the spills instantly

Whenever there are any spills on the laminate floor, it’s better to clean it up on the very moment. Take a sponge or a cloth and instantly clean any of the spills specifically if it is a liquid spill. Don’t let any liquid spill even water sit on the laminate floor for more period of time. Liquid can damage the protective layer and it can also stain the protective layer of your laminate floor. Take a dry cloth and soak the liquid in it. Make the sponge or cloth damp before you do the spot cleaning. Make sure there is no residue remaining on the floor.

  • Clean laminate floor with hot water

Cleaning laminate floor with hot water is also good idea for maintaining it. Well you don’t need fully hot water, Luke warm water will be enough. When you find that you laminate floor has got visibly dirty or muddy patches are seen, you can go for using hot water for cleaning laminate floor. However it is very important to clean laminate floor correctly with hot water or else chances are there that it can leave streaks behind and that can look really dirty. There is lowest chances of damaging the protective layer of coating installed on your laminate floor if you clean it with hot water as it is the mildest cleaner you can get for cleaning laminate floor. You can also thorough mopping if the stains are extreme stubborn otherwise soft mopping will work for cleaning laminate floor.