Polished concrete is an attractive and popular flooring option, particularly if you already have a concrete floor to work with. Many people don’t know that you can polish and stain your concrete floors with beautiful colors and dyes to bring out a new aesthetic to your business.
Plus, polishing concrete floors eliminates the need to lay new floorings, like VCT or tile. Concrete floors are a great way to use the functional floor you already have to create a statement your customers will love. At ACT Restoration in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, we offer beautiful and timeless concrete floor restoration and polishing services using the wet grind method with diamond abrasives.
Read on to learn about the wet grind method and its many advantages for concrete flooring restoration.
What Is the Wet Grind Method for Polished Concrete Flooring?
The wet grind method is a process where a particular machine with diamond abrasive pads grind the floor covered with water. The water helps keep the abrasives at a standard temperature and capture the dust and grit that forms during the process.
The final product can be anywhere from a low-luster warehouse look to a full-polish shine that can be dyed and finished later with a particular color.
Benefits of the Wet Grind Method for Concrete Restoration
There are many benefits to wet grinding your concrete floors. Let’s explore why you should choose this method of finishing your concrete floors.
Efficient & Economical
Wet grinding is an affordable solution that helps keep costs at a minimum when we’re polishing your floors. The process of grinding the floor and polishing it makes your floor stronger, making it a more economical choice in the long run.
It can also be done in an efficient and timely manner, which minimizes the downtime your business will experience while we are making your floors look great.
If your business serves food or drink, a dust-free method is the only way to go when it comes to polishing your concrete floor.
The wet grind method is a dust-free method that eliminates dust by wetting that dust so it never becomes airborne. That keeps you from breathing in unpleasant or unhealthy dust particles exposed during the concrete polishing.
Wet grinding is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring solutions available today. It uses your existing floor rather than adding or disposing of other flooring.
The water captures all the dust from the mix, turning it into a liquid slurry that can be used for other purposes, such as roads.
The Difference Between Polished Concrete vs. Grind & Seal
It’s important not to confuse the polished concrete and grind and seal methods of floor finishing. They are different and can create a different final product, so choosing one will depend on how you want your floors to look.
The main difference between grind and seal and full polish is the number of steps or grinds involved to bring up the shine.
Polished concrete involves a process during which the floor is mechanically ground down with abrasive pads to remove the surface of the concrete. The floor can then be refined using different pads to reach the desired shine. Polished concrete is a popular choice because it’s low maintenance and easy to clean.
The grind and seal method involves grinding down the floor using surface grinders to remove containments. Cracks can be patched as needed, and the floor is ground down again. After the floor has been sufficiently ground, a sealant is applied. Grind and seal is a popular method because it’s cost-effective and resistant to water and other liquids.
Like polished concrete, grind and seal floors are resistant to more abrasion. So if you have heavy machinery on your floors, grinding and sealing is an excellent method to choose.
Minnesota Concrete Floor Staining Experts
When you’re ready to polish your concrete floors, our concrete floor staining experts can help. Our wet grind method creates beautiful floors you’ll love for many years to come.
In the process, we remove cracks, bubbles, chips, and other flaws, leaving you with a breathtaking concrete floor that can be dyed or stained to match any design style. Visit our commercial floor portfolio to see examples of our polished concrete floors and some of our many floor stains and concrete dyes available.
To learn more about the wet grind method, give us a call at 612-750-5360, or contact us to get an estimate.