How to clean microcement? Microcement care and maintenance tips
Microcement is known for its water resistance and easy cleaning. With the right maintenance routine, your microcement floors, walls, and countertops will look great and last for years. Read on to find out what to clean microcement with, what microcement cleaning agents are the most suitable, and how to reduce mechanical surface wear.
1. Wait for the microcement and varnish to cure
The application of microcement is fast. An efficient contractor will roll up in less than two days on smaller areas. After another 24 hours, light traffic is permitted, but only after 7 days of applying the varnish (layer closing the microcement system), the surface is completely hardened and resistant to water and mechanical factors. Before one week time is over, you must not place any heavy items on the floor nor soak the varnish.
2. Use furniture pads, clean your shoes of sand, use cutting boards
A microcement floor has similar resistance as a wooden floor. Therefore, it is necessary to properly protect furniture legs. We always recommend placing felt pads to evenly load furniture. We also advise against using metal furniture casters. However, rubber ones will be safe.
It is also important to wipe your shoes well and not carry sand that might scratch microcement. We also recommend using chopping boards for microcement kitchen countertops.
3. Remove stains immediately
If you accidentally spill red wine onto a bleached oak parquet floor or a carpet, you immediately remove the stain, right? Do the same if you happen to spill intensely colored liquids on the microcement. This applies primarily to kitchen floors and countertops that are exposed to oil, wine, coffee, vinegar or beetrooot stains. Stains on microcement floor can be removed with a wet cloth.
Remember that acetone, vinegar, and any agressive detergents can damage the varnish layer, so never use them!
4. Use agents suitable to clean microcement
Like any other material, microcement gets dirty and dusty. Microcement surfaces need to be systematically dry vacuumed. For optimal protection, we recommend a special agent for the care of concrete and microcement floors, e.g. FESTCleaner. Thanks to its composition, it effectively removes dirt, black shoe marks and various types of stains. FESTCleaner is composed on the basis of polyurethane, which very well cleans the surface of everyday dirt, while leaving polyurethane microparticles on the surface, which additionally strengthens the floor surface. How to use it? Just dilute 3 caps of liquid in a liter of water, mix and apply with a mop or sponge. In case of heavy dirt, you can add a double amount of liquid. Importantly, FESTCleaner has a neutral smell, is environmentally friendly (90% biodegradable) and completely safe. If you have children or pets at home, you can be calm about them. The liquid is quite efficient, one bottle is enough to clean about 500m2 of surface.
You can also try FESTCalc, a ready-to-use, surfactant-based cleaner for removing limescale, water and soap deposits from microcement surfaces, tiles, taps, toilets, floors, etc.
5. Renew the varnish
If the floor is badly damaged or discolored due to heavy use or incorrect maintenance, it can be easily renewed. All you need to do is to sand the top varnish coat gently and apply a new coat.
Read also: Which microcement varnish should I choose?