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The good news is that old concrete, no matter its age, is usually a good candidate for floor refinishing and polishing. The only exception to this rule is a concrete floor that is very damaged and in need of extensive repairs or a poorly poured and floated floor with many extreme dips and valleys in the surface.
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The floors of commercial buildings deal with many challenging situations every work day. Lots of water, chemical spills, heavy loads and the grinding action of forklift tires require a tough floor. Concrete floors in such situations demand special protection, and an epoxy coating can provide a low-cost, easy solution.
In the beginning, when a concrete floor is poured and floated, each project turns out a bit different. So many factors can make a big difference in the outcome of a concrete floor, such as temperature, humidity or the quality of the cement mix used. Therefore, no concrete floor is totally perfect, and each surface can have a problem or two that needs correcting before floor polishing can take place.
Restaurant floors endure huge amounts of foot traffic every day, not to mention water, grease and food spills that stain and eventually can damage concrete floors. These hard-working floors not only need to be industrial-strength but as slip-resistant as possible for the safety of staff as well as customers.