How to Protect and Maintain Concrete Overlay Floors

An expert installed, high-quality concrete overlay can provide a beautiful floor that will last for decades when protected by a good-quality sealer. A sealer not only makes the surface easier to clean, it has other benefits, such as blocking stains, increasing the color intensity of the overlay, and improving its scratch resistance and water repellency. Some sealers will also give the surface a sheen, ranging from satin to high gloss, depending on the product used.

Routine Maintenance

Some routine maintenance is necessary for sealed concrete overlays, depending on exposure conditions and how much foot traffic they receive. Wet mopping or dry dust mopping is typically the only upkeep needed to avoid the buildup of dirt, glass shards or small stones for interior floors. Exterior floors may require pressure washing or scrubbing with a mild detergent on occasion.

Special Care Requirements

Some concrete overlay manufacturers recommend resealing outdoor surfaces annually, depending on the amount of traffic they receive and whether they are exposed to freeze-thaw conditions. Not all sealers are suitable for exterior use. Be sure to check with the overlay installer for recommendations for the appropriate sealer to use and whether it’s compatible with the overlay.

ESPJ Construction specializes in Concrete Overlay as well as other concrete projects, such as Stamped Concrete, Concrete Sealing, Concrete Resurfacing and Colored Concrete Floors. Our professionals can provide you with the proper maintenance care tips for your concrete overlay. Call us today at (908) 925-4220 or fill out a contact form.