The following recommendations are for everyday care and maintenance for your Concreate surfaces. Concreate surfaces should be properly maintained on a regular and frequent basis to prevent build up of dirt, grease, residue, soap detergents, sealers, dampness, liquids, etc., to keep the surface clean and lessen slippery conditions.
Concreate is sealed with 3 coats of Concreate High Solid oil which seals the open pores of the concrete surface keeping it water and stain resistant. It is important that the oil is conditioned and maintained whilst the surface is cleaned. Some conventional detergents have high or low pH levels which can affect the oil, stripping it from the surface. If such detergents are used the surface may quickly become porous and susceptible to staining.
Concreate is a durable natural surface, which has an industrial worn aesthetic, factory made blemishes, scuffs and scratches help the surface to wear well and hide any day to day damage. The following advice will help get the most from your Concreate flooring.
- Keep your floor clean and dust free with regular sweeping and vacuuming.
- Protect the floor from excessive dust and grit by installing mats next to external doors.
- Fit furniture with felt pads to protect from scratching and abrasion.
- Avoid marks from standing water by using protective matts under animal water bowls and around the base of plant pots.
- Avoid using decorators tape as the adhesives can react with the oiled surface causing damage once removed.
- Concreate is castor resistant but be careful to avoid grit beneath the castors which can cause abrasion to the surface.
- Water and Spillages should be removed quickly to avoid staining.
Simple Cleaning & Maintenance
Concreate has worked closely with floor cleaning specialists Wood’s Good who have developed an natural low pH cleaning solution called Natural Floor Care. Natural Floor Care works by cleaning the floor whilst adding natural sustainably sourced plant wax to condition the oiled surface.
- First sweep and vacuum the floor to remove any dust and abrasive grit.
- For new floors and very dirty floors wash with a pH neutral Cleaner (Concreate recommends Surface Care by Rubio Monocoat)which will remove any grease or old cleaner residues, Leave the floor to dry for at least 8 hours. The floor must be completely dry. In case of extreme dirt scrub floor manually using a pad or by machine. Wipe clean with mop or cloth. Always wipe a second time in order that as little water as possible remains on the surface. Repeat cleaning procedure if necessary.
- Tip: If the floor is very dirty work with two buckets – one with pH Neutral Cleaner mixed with water and one with rinse water.
- It is a good idea to commission a new floor using a machine applied coat of Concreate maintenance oil for commercial areas or heavy use kitchens.
- But for most situations a coats of Wood’s Good Natural Floor Care Refresher is perfect. This is simply applied with a Wood’s Good Applicator mop or a lint free cloth or mop. Natural care Refresher is applied neat and a 1 litre bottle will cover 50m2 and will be dry enough to walk on in 30-60 mins but spillages should be avoided for 24 hrs after application while the natural waxes cure.
- From this point onwards the floor should be cleaned with Wood’s Good Natural Floor Care Spray which is simple to apply and easy to clean with using a Wood’s Good applicator mop.
Initial and regular maintenance care with Concreate Maintenance Oil
Before a new floor is taken into use it is recommended to buff it – both industrially oiled floors and residentially oiled floors. The final buffing provides a hard-wearing surface and may take place either by hand or with machine.
Oiled floors should be maintained regularly – normally once a year, but more often in case of floors exposed to extremely hard wear.
Intensive cleaning prior to oil maintenance
Clean the floor with pH Neutral Cleaner. Leave the floor to dry for at least 8 hours. The floor must be completely dry. In case of extreme dirt scrubb floor manually using a pad or by machine. Wipe clean with mop or cloth. Always wipe a second time in order that as little water as possible remains on the surface. Repeat cleaning procedure if necessary.
Application of Concreate Maintenance Oil
After cleaning with Intensive Cleaner leave the floor to dry for at least 8 hours. The floor must be completely dry.
Shake the Maintenance oil container carefully. Apply approx. 100ml oil per 4 m2 with a pad, paint roller or cotton cloth, or use a polishing machine for large surfaces. It is important that the Maintenance Oil is carefully polished into the surface. Continue polishing until the surface appears saturated and the surface looks uniform.
Wipe the floor with clean, dry cotton cloths before proceeding with the next section of floor to be finished. The floor should not appear wet and there should not be any excess oil left on the surface after polishing. Continue in sections until the floor has been finished. When polished with polishing machine, the floor will be pre-hardened
after approx. 4 hours at 20° C and may cautiously be taken into use. Manually polished floors may be taken into use after 24 hours. The surface is fully hardened after 24 hours. Do not expose the floor to water during the hardening time.
Important note Risk of self-ignition: Due to the risk of self-ignition it is important that sanding dust and oil wetted cloths are soaked in water and disposed of in a tightly closed container after use.