As we head into a new calendar year, we recognize the importance of the term “fresh start.” It’s such an exciting time of year – a clean slate, an opportunity to wipe away all of the mistakes from the previous 365 and strive to be an even better version of yourself, going after new adventures and goals. Here at Geocrete, we certainly feel that way and we know that our friends and partners at Australian Heritage Homes feel the same way. Their mission to turn houses into homes and bring your visions and dreams to life in an affordable way. We obviously have a lot of the same values, so it makes total sense that we’re teaming up today to talk about a subject that we’re both passionate about – keeping what’s important to us spotless.
If you’ve spent enough time on the Australian Heritage Homes blog, you know about their commitment to detail. We feel the same way, and that’s why we’re diving into, and sharing with the AHH community how best to polish your floors:
Step One: Take stock of the damage
We think we can all agree that dirt, grime and scratches on the floor are inherently a sign of the amazing adventures and memories that have taken place there. It doesn’t matter if you’re working with a concrete floor or a wooden one – It’s good to go into the polishing process with this mindset, and never be too hard on yourself for existing damage. Be realistic, be honest and take a look at the problem spots on your floor throughout your home.
Step Two: Get familiar with the different ways to maintain your floor
Many balk at the maintenance process because they think that they’ll be overwhelmed. In fact, there are a bunch of different tiers of ways to clean and update, and they span the spectrum of cost and time investment. Yes, refinishing, the best of all with the greatest longevity, can be very expensive. You also don’t need to do this more often than every few decades. Polishing on the other hand is far less expensive, easy for you to do yourself and has a multitude of benefits. Like we said above, it doesn’t matter whether your floor is concrete or another material, there are easy ways to maintain them if you do so on a regular basis.
Step Three: Gather your tools
We mentioned a few of them, but here’s a comprehensive list: Wood floors? make sure that you have a wood floor cleaner. If you want to keep it simple, dishwashing soap and water will work just fine. Other necessities include a flathead mop with microfiber cleaning pad, a towel, a sponge map and the almighty wood floor polish. If you’re working with a concrete floor, be sure to reach out to the Geocrete team for insider knowledge. Make sure that you determine the hardness level of the concrete. You can buy hardness testers at your local hardware stores. You’ll need to remove the coating before you tackle any cracks or damage. After you do this, you’ll want a vacuum on hand to help remove any marks that your tools may have caused. Resin bond toolings are vital before you seal off the work that you’ve done with a commercial-stain guard product like a surface wear protector.
These tips should have you well on your way to ensuring that your floors are just as ready as you for the best year ever. Questions? Comments? Let us know. And be sure to check out all of the information on both the Australian Heritage Homes and Geocrete sites so that you and your home are success in 2019.