All posts by Ben Lager

About Ben Lager

Ben's experience in Commercial Concrete, Polishing Concrete and Stained Concrete creations are all well noted in popular industry publications. He specializes in the oversight, creation & research and design for clients local to a 250 mile radius of the Kansas City area.

Practical Advice on Picking the Right Professionals For Concrete Floors

Be it the living room or bathroom, floors make a great impact. Floors are definitely not the sections of your home to mess around with. No matter if you have concrete floors, polished concrete floors or epoxy flooring; they are all so visible to not let it ruined by unskilled professionals. Which is why, picking up the right professional for installing concrete floors is highly critical.

Let’s Start the Hunt

As for any job, finding the local professionals is always a good policy. However, it gets even more imperative to pick a local professional when it comes down to concrete coating and installation. For concrete flooring, you will need to deal with truckloads of heavy materials; so, by selecting a local professional, you can greatly reduce the additional transportation costs.

Check Online For Local Professionals

Online websites that connect specialized and experienced flooring professional of a particular area with the homeowners are the best source to find a reliable contractor. You may also take recommendations from your friends or family members who recently have got their concrete flooring works done by some great local professionals.

Installing concrete is a highly specialized profession and it takes experienced professionals to finish the job well and correct. So, choose local professionals by the area of their specialization; not all general flooring professionals can execute concrete flooring projects efficiently.

Check for Proper License

After you have narrowed down your search to your local area, start checking out the credentials. You must check that the professional you want to hire holds all the required licenses and insurance to undertake the project responsibly. Checking the insurance is important not just for the contractor’s safety but for every single person involved in the project including you. Insurances ensure that in case of any accident, you will not be accountable for medical bills.

Check the Customer Reviews

After checking the credentials, read the online customer reviews to ensure good services of the professionals. However, online reviews can be created to be fake, you must ask the local professional to get you contact numbers of house owner they have recently worked for. Speak to them personally to be assured of satisfactory services.

When you finally select a local concrete flooring professional, discuss and outline the entire flooring project with them.  Ask for an estimate and tentative project end date. Such information in advance helps preventing costly delays and conceptual differences in the middle of the project.

 

Kansas City Concrete Solutions Offers Better and Gentle Concrete Polishing Services

Concrete has wear and tear problems, but can be resolved. Now, Kansas City Concrete Solutions provides revolutionary polishing services for businesses and homeowners

[May 2, 2014, Kansas City] – Be it a business space or home, concrete floors have their own merits and demerits. Cracks of different types developed on the material have the ability to damage the floor permanently. While polishing the floor can be daunting for many, cleaning the polished floor can be annoying as well. It requires a professional approach to resolve issues like aging problems, cracks, polishing and cleaning which are detrimental.

“Finished floors may look beautiful to the naked eye. But they come with their own set of challenges. Despite remarkable maintenance of the material, it still can’t be at its best as aging problems, stains, etc. can test its durability and performance. No one loves to visit a place with an acid stained concrete floor and this may affect the productivity of any business. People tend to repair the floors themselves but it can cause serious injuries to the person without any prior expertise in dealing with this material,” said a spokesperson.

Today, with the evolution of technology, resolving the building material related predicaments have become simpler and easier. Several companies are offering trustworthy services that can help resolve the floor-related woes in no time but picking the right one can be a difficult choice.

Mr. Lager, Kansas City Concrete Solutions, “People often worry about the safety and professionalism when resolving building material problems, next to the costs involved with the solutions. Especially, cleaning, polishing and coating epoxy floors require a professional approach and with our 10 years of expertise and several alternatives, we can finish the look of any floor beautifully at affordable costs.”

Mr. R. Harrison, a warehouse facility site manager quoted, “Excellent Work! I was very satisfied with the crew that came out and polished our warehouse floors.  Bob’s guys were very friendly and they got the job done during our off-hours.  Would definitely recommend and will use Bob’s company again in a few years to keep things looking nice.”

About Kansas City Concrete Solutions:

Kansas City Concrete Solutions with 10-year experience is the industry leader in offering concrete polishing, coating, cleaning, flooring, etc. services. With several new alternatives and techniques, they have helped a lot of businesses to grow fast with polished and perfect looking concrete floors.

Contact:

http://KansasCityConcreteSolutions.com

Kansas City Concrete Solutions

10100 W 95th St,

Overland Park, KS 66212,

Telephone: +1-913-815-8175

Email: [email protected]

How to Clean Polished Concrete

It is generally believed that polished concrete is easy to clean and hence maintenance free. But one should be careful about stains from oil, grease, food particles, and chemicals. It is also important to protect the floor from scratches caused by dust particles. When left unattended, these stains and scratches can damage the floor permanently, causing you re-polish the floor. Here are a few things to be careful about on how to clean polished concrete when cleaning polished concrete;

a)      As earlier said, clean spills immediately as they leave a stain on the floor. These leave a permanent mark on the floor.

b)      Ensure that a walk-on matt is placed so that people are allowed to allow people stamp their feet before walking on the floor.

c)      Dry mopping should be done every day, but here again, much depends on the traffic that the floor is subjected to. For instance, floors with high traffic should be dry mopped more than once.

d)     As for wet mopping, make sure that harsh chemicals are not added to the water. A mild detergent should be more than helpful. The harsh chemicals in the cleaners react on the floor and rob it of its shine.

e)      Employ the services of a professional cleaning company to protect the floor from deterioration. These professionals make use of diamond impregnated pads that can scrub the floor and retain the shine on the floor.

f)       They also make use of specialized chemicals that can be used to protect against abrasions.

When looking for a professional concrete polishing company, Kansas City based Concrete Solutions is the ideal choice. Their decade long experience should help you in getting the perfect shine.

Visualize Concrete Floor Designs with the New ‘Visualizer Tool’ from Kansas City Concrete Solutions

Kansas City based concrete floors specialists Kansas City Concrete Solutions offer a user friendly tool that helps them visualize the changes that can be made to their floor.

[April 8, 2014, Kansas City] – People don’t usually warm up to the idea of installing concrete floors and consider them to be dull and boring. The ‘Visualizer Tool’ is an easy to use app that helps potential clients to visualize the changes that can be done to their flooring.

Users can choose from different levels and types of polish, finish, color and decorative options. The app automatically adjusts to reflect user preferences. There are around 2 dozen colors, four different polish levels (from matte finish to high gloss) and three different aggregate options to choose from. “Staining concrete floors is a popular option and the outcome is often the result of the homeowner’s imagination. You can create vivid designs using our app,” says a spokesperson for the company.

Different colors and techniques can be applied to create a beautiful finish. Decorative effects like saw lines or logos can be added for extra appeal. Sometimes sealers too can affect floor appearances!

“Once you’ve made up your mind, contact us for a free estimate to determine the costs of the different options,” he adds. Concrete Solutions also offers polished concrete, concrete coating and epoxy flooring finishes for existing concrete floors.

Concrete floors are energy efficient, mold, water resistant and easy to maintain. They don’t need carpeting and are easy on the pockets as well.

About Kansas City Concrete Solutions

Kansas City Concrete Solutions specializes in providing professionally polished concrete floors. They also offer concrete coating/sealing and epoxy flooring finishes. The company is family owned and operated headquartered in Bucyrus. Concrete Solutions is also a certified user of Ameripolish, Prosoco and the Super Abrasive process. They serve in and around Mid-West area including Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Boston and Hays.

To know more or to try out the Visualizer Tool, visit: http://KansasCityConcreteSolutions.com/visualizer-tool/

How to Clean Your Concrete Floors

Concrete floors last long, but with proper cleaning techniques you can ensure its longevity without compromising on its beauty. The general principle is that cleaning largely depends on the traffic that the floor is subjected to. But there are a few things that everyone should know when cleaning concrete floors;

a)      Concrete floors that are treated to acid stains are more likely to suffer damage. This is because acid stains leave the floor transparent thereby dirt and other residue is more likely to be seen clearly.

b)      Your concrete coating and sealing contractor can help you with the details about cleaning the floor.

c)      But generally, cleaning is done by rubbing the floor with a soft bristle scrub. This brush can remove all the dirt. If mopping with water does not remove the dirt, you can apply a mild soap. If the stain is resistant to the soap as well, try using a stronger soap that contains ammonia.

d)     Occasional dusting keeps the dirt and grit away from the floor. Sometimes contractors sell special cleaners that are effective on these floors. Floors subject to high traffic should be cleaned on a daily basis.

When looking for a well-established company that can handle concrete coating and sealing jobs for you, Kansas City based Concrete Solutions is the right choice. They have more than a decade of experience in the profession and can guarantee utmost satisfaction.

Acid Stained Concrete

Acid staining is a simple and cost effective way to create pattern and images on concrete Acid Stained Concretefloors. With a little imagination and ingenuity, an acid stained concrete floor provides a unique indoor and outdoor surface and can replicate conventional flooring options like hardwood, marble, granite or ceramic.

Acid stain concrete look is achieved by applying acid stain with the help of an acid resistant brush on concrete surface. Variations can be created either by diluting the stain, wetting the floor, or applying concrete tint. The acid penetrating into the concrete creates a dizzying array of colors and patterns.

Why Choose Us:

We are Kansas City’s premier acid stain concrete solutions provider with projects in Dallas, Houston, St. Louis and other areas in Kansas. We offer a wide range of classic and customized designs that look lustrous, yet are easy to maintain. We offer;

  • Guaranteed service
  • Cost effective solutions
  • High end products
  • State of the art technology
  • Custom design patterns and colors

From commercial establishments to residential projects, from indoor surfaces to outdoor areas like patios and driveways, we’ve covered the whole gamut of concrete staining. We’ve also undertaken custom engravings for our clients.

Some of our Concrete Staining work

If you are at all interested in stained concrete, or just want some ideas on what to do and you’re in the Kansas City area, why not click for a FREE Concrete Staining estimate?

Taking Care of Your Concrete Floors through Coating and Sealants

Concrete floors and countertops have always earned a bad reputation for being stain prone. This was probably because of the quality of sealants used. Sealants in the past were acrylic and wax based; these were not as resistant to stains as the ones that are available today.  Before you choose a sealant, make sure that you ask your contractor if;

a)      The sealant would not affect the look of the floor negatively, but would only enhance it.

b)      It is non-porous

c)      The sealant would prevent all stains, irrespective of the fact that they’re from food, oil or other acidic substances like vinegar and lemon, or household cleaners.

d)     It is scratch proof.

Basically, there are two types of sealants; penetrating and topical. Penetrating sealants are applied almost immediately to the bare concrete. When dried and wiped, these sealants are almost invisible. As for topical sealants, they can be found in a wide variety of appearances and quality. Common among them include wax, acrylic, epoxies, urethanes, etc.

When looking for a reputed company to undertake concrete coating and sealing, Kansas City based Concrete Solutions are the ideal choice. They have more than 10 years of experience in the industry and can help you undertake your project with complete satisfaction.

Cleaning and Maintaining Epoxy Flooring

It is true that epoxy flooring is extremely durable and last longer than other conventional floors. But it is also true that they need regular care and maintenance without which the floor begins to look dull and lifeless. To those who’ve installed epoxy flooring, here are a few things that people should know regarding their cleaning:

a)      Abrasives Can Make the Floor Look Dull: Sand, dirt and dust particles scratch the perfectly polished surface. They act as abrasives and rob the floor of its shine. Hence make sure that dust is cleaned every day without fail, especially if they are in high traffic areas.

b)      Harsh Cleaning Chemicals Can Ruin the Floor’s Appearance: While it is true that you can use regular cleaning products for epoxy (mild detergents are the best though), remember to rinse the floor immediately after applying. These solutions contain harsh chemicals that may damage the floor when left for a long period of time. Soap should not be used to clean the floor. This is because a soapy floor can leave the floor extremely slippery and may even cause accidents. Soap leaves behind a thin film that remains even after the floor has dried. To avoid this, make sure that you do not use soap on epoxy flooring.

c)      Do not Use Harsh Scrubs: Scrubs can be used on epoxy flooring, but use ones with soft bristle. Hard bristles may scratch the surface. After scrubbing, rinse the floor well so as to remove all residues.

d)     Do not expose it to too much moisture: Special sealants and techniques used on epoxy flooring protect it from moisture. But epoxy isn’t suited for floors that are exposed to a lot of water or are prone to flooding.

Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete floors are indeed versatile and durable, but it is important that minimum care is taken to ensure that the shine and sheen isn’t lost. Polished concrete, when not maintained properly, can make the floor look dull. Here are a few things that people need to know about maintenance before installing polished concrete floors;

  • Unlike other floor types, polished concrete does not need wax polish or sealants. The floor is extremely durable thanks to the densification and extreme polishing that they are made to go through.
  • The regularity of the mopping depends on the traffic that the floor is subject to. For instance, floors subject to heavy traffic have to be mopped once in a day to ensure that dust particles do not scratch the surface.
  • Harsh chemicals used in common household cleaning solutions remove the shine from the floor. Instead, washing the floor with a mild detergent would suffice. But do not clean without the detergent; dust settles on the floor when plain water is used.
  • Do not allow water to dry on the floor. The water stains left on the floor look ugly and are difficult to remove over time.
  • Before wet mopping, make sure that you have mopped it well with a dry and soft cloth to remove the dust particles. This makes it easy for you to clean when wet mopping.
  • Tea, oil and other staining products should be cleaned instantly. This is to prevent the concrete surface from absorbing any of the material. Stains on these floors can sometimes be permanent.

When looking for a company to undertake polished concrete jobs, make sure that you choose Kansas City based Concrete Solutions. The company has been in the industry for more than ten years and can guarantee utmost satisfaction.

How to Maintain Concrete Floors

Concrete floors are often subject to bad publicity. ‘They’re so difficult to maintain’, seems to be the main grouse. But contrary to popular opinion, concrete floors are easy to clean and maintain. Unlike other floor types, there are no grout lines, which means you do not have to worry about ugly stains along these lines. They may not be high maintenance, but certainly need regular upkeep. Here are a few things that you need to know to maintain concrete floors;

a)      Sand and other dust particles act as abrasives and rob the floor of its shine and sheen. But so do the chemicals found in commonly found cleaning liquids. Instead, use a mild detergent with a microfiber pad to get rid of the dust particles. The water should be clean and so should be the mop. Using water alone, with a cleaning solution would leave the dust particles as they are, on the floor, causing further damage.

b)      But before you wet mop, make sure that the dust is removed with a dry and soft pad. The regularity of the cleaning largely depends on the traffic subjected on the floor. Thus, high traffic floors need regular cleaning- at least once in a day.

c)      Concrete is a porous material; it absorbs stains quickly. Make sure that you wash off the stains quickly, even if it was subject to concrete coating and sealing.

d)     Water should not left on the floor to dry by itself. When wet mopping, make sure that you undertake the process in small areas. i.e., ensure that the area is completely dry before moving on to another area.

When looking for professional concrete coating and sealing service companies, choose the best! Kansas City based Concrete Solutions have more than a decade of experience in undertaking concrete flooring jobs and allied services related to them.