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Do it Yourself Polished Concrete Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Polishing concrete floors yourself is a project that not only gives your home or office space an increased aesthetic value, but also enhances the durability of the floors. A polished concrete floor is harder and more resistant to impact than normal floors. Such floors are also easy to maintain. For example, once you polish the floors, you'll never need to coat or wax the floor again as it maintains its natural shine. While it might seem like you'd need a professional to tackle the project for you, the standard method is not as difficult as most people think.

Sweep the floor thoroughly, sweeping up all dust and dirt into a dustpan and throwing it away. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water. Add 1/3 cup all purpose floor cleaner. Dip a scrub brush in the bucket and scrub the floor thoroughly. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Insert a 40-grit diamond pad onto the bottom of your concrete grinder machine. Turn on the machine and work it slowly across the floor, moving the machine from right to left. Continue in this manner until the machine covers the entire surface area of the floor. Repeat with a 150-grit diamond pad and a 300-grit diamond pad in the same manner.

Fill half a bucket with sodium silicate and dip your sponge mop in the solution. Wipe down the entire concrete floor with this solution and allow it to penetrate for at least four hours.

Place 800-grit resin-bonded diamond heads on the bottom of the concrete grinder and move the machine across the surface area of the floor, making even back-and-forth movements. Repeat this process with 1,000-grit resin-bonded diamond heads, 1,500-grit resin-bonded diamond heads

and 3,000-grit resin-bonded diamond heads.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Bucket
  • 1/3 cup all purpose floor cleanser
  • Scrub brush
  • Concrete grinder machine with diamond abrasive wheels
  • 40-grit diamond pads
  • 150-grit diamond pads
  • 300-grit diamond pads
  • Sodium silicate
  • Bucket
  • 800-grit resin-bonded diamond heads
  • 1,000-grit resin-bonded diamond heads
  • 1,500-grit resin-bonded diamond heads
  • 3,000-grit resin-bonded diamond heads
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."