It’s no secret that polished concrete floors offer a number of advantages over other flooring options, from cost efficiency to durability. But the coronavirus pandemic is quickly bringing another benefit of this flooring option to light: easy sanitation. Research shows that smooth, hard surfaces are easier to sanitize, hold fewer germs, and may even lead to better air quality. The result? A safer workplace, school, or other venue.
With many large institutions around the country operating under limited hours or even closing entirely, we expect to see an increase in maintenance, renovation, and installation projects for contractors across the nation. Sanitation is bound to play a growing role in flooring choices, and polished concrete floors are likely to become even more popular. Let’s take a closer look at the sanitation benefits of concrete polishing.
4 Sanitation Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors
1. Polished Concrete Doesn’t Hold Dirt and Dust
Many flooring options, like vinyl, carpet, and tile, have an unfortunate habit of holding in dirt and other filth. Built-up dirt and dust can cause a whole host of health issues, from allergies to even asthma attacks.
Fortunately, polished concrete floors don’t have this issue. There are no tile joints, large pores, or other cavities for contaminants to get trapped in. As a result, a polished concrete floor won’t hold onto dust, dirt, animal dander, dust mites, and the like. This makes any spills or contamination easy to spot—and easy to clean up. In contrast, other flooring options can require extensive vacuuming and still won’t be completely free of grime.
2. Bacteria and Other Microorganisms Can’t Grow on Polished Concrete Floors
Carpets and other flooring options that hold in that dirt and dust can house millions of bacteria. Even tile, hardwood, and some types of natural stone can play host to pathogens and other microorganisms.
Polishing concrete creates an incredibly smooth surface, with no cavities—meaning that it’s impossible for bacteria to latch onto this type of flooring. As you can imagine, this level of cleanliness is quite attractive to institutions that value sanitation, whether to maintain a safe working environment for employees or to protect students going about their day.
3. Concrete Polishing Results in Zero Mold Growth
It doesn’t take much for mold and mildew to begin growing—usually, all you need is a little moisture. An improperly dried rug can start to smell moldy after just a few days. Mold and mildew can also cause their fair share of reactions in people, from a stuffy nose to itchy eyes. More severe reactions could involve shortness of breath or fever.
These fungi are particularly likely to grow indoors when conditions are excessively damp. That means anything from a leaky pipe to an area that is improperly ventilated could lead to mold growth and resulting health issues in employees, students, or other property visitors. The takeaway here is that anything that could potentially limit the risk of mold and mildew (and the extensive fees that come with their removal) is a benefit to the institution.
The smooth, seamless surface of polished concrete means that this flooring option won’t allow for mold growth, just as it won’t hang onto dust and dirt. This makes it an ideal flooring choice for use in areas that are frequently damp or at general risk for mold growth.
4. Polished Concrete Floors Are Easy to Clean
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly in light of the recent global pandemic, polished concrete floors are simple and easy to clean and sanitize. Safety is quickly becoming the name of the game, but efficiency remains a driving factor of change for many businesses. This flooring option just so happens to offer both.
A daily dust mop and regular wet mopping with a pH-neutral cleanser will go a long way in maintaining these surfaces and keeping them free of grime. For a large area, an automatic floor scrubber equipped with non-abrasive brushes will make the process go even quicker.
Concrete Polishing Tools and Tips from Runyon Surface Prep
The world is changing, and we’re here to help you change with it. Whether you’re experiencing unprecedented demand for projects while businesses are closed or looking for ways to improve your service offerings, Runyon Surface Prep is your perfect partner. We’ll outfit you with the concrete polishing machinery and supplies you need, when and where you need them. Our robust inventory and shipping partnerships mean that we can most likely have your order on a plane the same day you place it.
We’re always happy to offer our expertise and talk through any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out—we look forward to hearing from you.