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Rotary Floor Buffers and Floor Polishers

We have added links to some readily available floor polishers/buffers and some offer a cleaning function too. There are still many models of household floor polishers although they are hard to find in local discount and department stores. Sometimes you can pick one up at a Goodwill store or yard sale. The older ones had metal cases and weigh more which is a good thing. For your convienence we have put links to several modern models at reasonable prices. Just remember not to use any cleaning products that are not ph neutral on your cement tile floors. Don't have to know for sure so call the manufacturer and ask. Or see the Caldrea detergents that we recommend here.

You do not HAVE to have an electric floor buffer to keep your cement floors nice but it helps. With the interchangable pads, you can use these machines to clean your new floor, apply paste wax to your cement tile and buff up the shine.

Cement Floor Crystalization

Crystalization is a method of giving a stone floor a harder and very shiny surface. Many commercial concrete floors have a glossy surface that is achieved by commercial polishing companies using certain chemicals and mechanical means. Chemically, the technique is based on the calcium carbonate in the surface layer of the cement being transformed into the considerably harder calcium fluoride. Other active substances in the crystalization solution are zinc and magnesium fluorosilicate. Once the solution has had time to take effect, polishing companies use different forms of steel wool. The machine used should weigh at least 65 kilograms and have a rotation speed of 175 R.P.M. On the floor, a thin film of extremely hard/dense micro crystals will form to become a part of the floor. To ensure that "walking lanes" do not occur, the method requires regular maintenance.

It may be difficult to find a company in the USA that will put this kind of finish on a residential floor. In the South Florida area you may find services that can come to your place to restore an old and negelected cement tile floor. If you know of reliable ones, please let us know. In Europe there are services that will restore old cement tile floors that have been neglected.

If we figure out how to tell you to do this yourself, we will add that information, until then , we think it is a job for professionals only. Try calling a floor service company that will work on marble floors.

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