Cleaning a concrete floor.
With the industrial look fast becoming popular, concrete floors are making a big comeback.
But concrete floors are definitely not maintenance-free. They are porous, absorbing liquid and spills, and with feet moving over them all day, high-heeled shoes scoring the surface and furniture being moved around, cooking areas getting greasy, grimy build-up happens faster than you think.
It is usually best to seal your concrete floor with a penetrating masonry sealer.
Dust, as well as pollutants like air freshers, also contribute to your concrete floor looking less than pristine, au naturel is fine, but grime is not.
For day-to-day cleaning, you can mop with a warm spongy mop and some liquid detergent. Make sure you rinse off well, soapy residue also causes gungy build-up on the floor.
Every few months you need to clean your concrete floor with a stiff brush, some washing soda and warm water, again rinsing off well and drying it as quickly as possible.
"How Stuff Works" provides a great recipe for a really heavy-duty cleaner for those high traffic areas of your concrete floor that are in need of a good overhaul. You can also use this around your barbecue or braai area where you don't need greasy stains to remind you of that fantastic braai you had with all the family last week, when Uncle John drank too much wine and his paper plate slipped depositing that lekker juicy braai wors all over the floor.
Heavy-Duty Floor Cleaner
Here's a recipe for a solution that will remove extra-tough dirt and grime from asphalt, glazed or unglazed ceramic tile, concrete, flagstone, and slate floors:
- Mix 1⁄4 cup low-sudsing, all-purpose cleaner; 1 cup ammonia; and 1⁄2 gallon cool or cold water. Caution: Wear rubber gloves, and work in a well-ventilated area when using this powerful solution.
- Apply the solution to the floor with a sponge mop, using pressure for heavily soiled areas; rinse with cool, clear water for spotless results.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
the editors of Consumer Guide. "Floor-Cleaning Tips". January 19, 2006 http://home.howstuffworks.com/floor-cleaning-tips.htm (February 24, 2007)