BEFORE THE PROJECT IS STARTED
Before slabs are poured, it is important to have a pre-pour meeting with:
The results of the polishing process are largely dependent on what done before Ardor arrives on-site. Variables such as aggregate, color variations, miscellaneous contaminants, cracks, patterns left by previous floor covering, existing stains, nail holes from previous walls, patched areas, and flatness can affect the final appearance and results.
On new projects, final results are significantly improved when the concrete slab is poured within specifications that lend it to the processes. A polished concrete application needs to be viewed as a total flooring system that includes several components: concrete mix design, finishing methods, curing methods, control joint placement, and polishing process.
A slab poured within specifications that are conducive to the process will eliminate a significant number of variables and provide improved finish results over an existing concrete slab
Getting Started with Ardor Solutions Polished Concrete
There are a set of visual aesthetics that have to be specified:
1. Aggregate Exposure & Class of Cut
- Surface Cream
- Fine Aggregate
- Medium Aggregate
- Large Aggregate
The goal is to refine to and remain within the desired layer and make it as consistent as possible throughout the entire area being processed. These layers can vary in thickness throughout the surface and the area of the slab being processed. As a result, there may be random exposure of varying degrees of exposed aggregate through a floor. This is one of the many reasons why achieving the correct Floor Flatness (FF) at the time or placement and finishing is critical.
2. Clarity of Reflection & Distinction of Image
Clarity of reflection, also known as distinction of image, refers to how defined, crisp and clear the reflection of objects are when looking straight down (not out at an angle) into a surface. There is a difference between a crisp and clear reflection and a muffled one.
- Highly Polished
There are four primary ways concrete is colored:
- Integral—Performed by the Concrete Contractor and mixed in that concrete at the time of pour. Is environmentally friendly and UV stable.
- Water Based Dyes—Performed by the Polishing Contractor and installed during the polishing process. Is environmentally friendly and UV-stable, but not UV-resistant.
- Solvent Based Dyes—Performed by the Polishing Contractor and installed during the polishing process and can meet VOC requirements when used with acetone, since acetone is exempt from VOC requirements. 40 CFR 51.100(s). These dyes are UV-stable, but not UV-resistant.
- Acid Stain—Performed by the Polishing Contractor and installed during the polishing process. Is not considered environmentally friendly, but is UV-stable.
Contact us for a list of what is included in our pre-pour meeting.
GETTING IT DONE
Ardor provides the following services:
- Polished Concrete
- Decorative Polished Concrete
- Stained and Dyed Concrete
- Company Logos
- Saw-Cut Designs
- Floor Restoration
- Line Striping & Boarders
- Terrazzo Restoration
- Stain and Seal Concrete
- Concrete Slab Repairs
- Joint Re-Build and Repair
- Slab Stabilization
- Crack Repair
- Spall Repair
- Surface Prep
- Shot Blasting
- Concrete Shaving
- Diamond Grinding
- Floor Cover Removal
- Joint Filling
- Resinous Flooring
- Urethane Concrete
- Poured Urethane (Liquid Sheet Vinyl)
- Thin Film Systems
- Decorative Systems
- Resurfacing Systems
- Mortar Systems
- Densified & Sealed Floors
- Concrete Overlays
- Self Levelers
- Polished Overlays
- Glass Seeded Overlay
- Stamped Overlay
- Material & Product Sales
- Seminars & Training
- AIA Presentations
- FF/FL Testing
As part of the prep for installing a new flooring system or renovating existing floors, we can do demolition of your existing flooring.
Contact us for a quote for your project.
KEEPING THE SHINE ON
Polished concrete floors are very durable; however, they are not impervious to scratches, “chip outs,” or staining. This is a finished floor system and must be treated as such. The following list provides guidance on how to maintain your floor system:
- Do not apply sealers or waxes to these floors. If the floor’s shine has diminished, contact Ardor Solutions to schedule a re-burnish.
- Do not use ammonia, bleach, Mop-n-Glow, Pine-Sol, Lysol, or citrus-based products.
- Do not use a Swiffer Wet-Jet type of cleaning tool. The liquid in these devices contains trace amounts of solvent material.
- Do keep the floor clean. Dirt and other contaminants on a polished concrete floor will act like sandpaper, and will diminish the shine and the floor’s overall appearance.
- Do place walk-off floor mats at entrances to help reduce salts and dirt tracked onto the surface. Do keep walk-off mats maintained and clean.
- Do prevent rainwater from collecting on the floor, as it can be acidic, and can etch a polished concrete floor.
- Do use felt pads on chairs and other furniture feet. Do not scrape or drag steel or sharp object over the floor.
- Do lift heavy furniture when moving it.
- Do use pads under rolling chairs. Do not use a rolling desk or office chair on a polished concrete floor without a large pad.
- Do not apply tape of any type for any length of time to dyed, colored, or stained concrete.
- Do limit the application of tape to grey, natural concrete to two hours, and use only 3M Blue Painter’s Tape.
- Do not place potted plants directly on your polished surfaces. Do use a plant dolly or plant stand with legs to allow for ventilation between the planter and surfacing system. Failure to do so may leave a white mineral deposit that can permanently discolor the surface.
- Do not allow plant fertilizers to come into contact with polished floors.
- Do not place rubber-backed mats on any polished or decorative concrete surfacing system. Rising vapors that are emitted from cementitious substrates must be allowed to evaporate naturally. Rubber-backed mats trap rising vapors, preventing the natural evaporation process, which results in a hard mineral deposit build-up, which is difficult, if not impossible, to remove without discoloration.
- Do feel free to use rugs that allow vapors to pass through them, or those with open weave/waffle like backing for indoor flooring systems.
Cleaning Your Floor
Following our guidelines on how to maintain your flooring will ensure that your flooring system will continue to look as beautiful as the day it was installed for many years to come.
Your new Ardor Solutions Floor has a density, hardness, and appearance like no other floor of its kind. While many people try to copy our floor, it is never duplicated. With the proper care, your floor will last a lifetime. Like anything else, your Ardor Solutions Floor will need a little attention from time to time to make sure it’s holding up against the demands you place on it.
To keep your Ardor Solutions Floor in perfect condition, you should maintain it, including routine cleaning and occasional stain removal.
Your new Ardor Solutions Floor meets all documented standards for dust-proofing, water resistance, hardness, gloss, and slip resistance. Who better to help you keep it that way than the one who installed it?
We recommend the use of Professional Polished Concrete Cleaner Plus on your flooring system.
Contact us for more information on how to keep your floors glossy.
OUR JOB DOESN’T END AFTER THE INSTALLATION
We provide the following services after installation:
Contact us to schedule your follow up maintenance.