Polished cream concrete floors are all the rage at the moment, and our CARRcrete InfinityFloor standard really does make these characterful floors pop with clarity by gentle smoothing out the surface by abrading away microns of material. The downside to this gentle technique is that these creamy concrete floors need to be expertly laid to ensure the surface is flat, smooth and homogenous.
Unfortunately that requires a concrete contractor with skill, time and attention to detail, three things often lacking when concrete floors are laid and finished; this floor was no different. In order to full achieve a CARRcrete InfinityFloor Cream standard, the floor needs to be very well laid using normal tools and techniques such as vibration screed tamps and floating into place. Then (and here comes the problem area) when the concrete surface has set enough to resist footprints no deeper than 3mm, the whole surface needs to be power trowelled 1-2 times using float trowel attachments to consolidate the surface and push down the aggregates. It is the movement of the power trowel that creates the swirls and textures associated with a cream polish floor.
Then later on once the surface has set further to resist all footprints, the concrete should again be power trowelled 2-3 times with finishing trowel attachments to smooth out and close down the surface, leaving the surface almost polished like a well plastered wall. This all takes time and effort, something hardly any contractors seem to either want to do; or be paid for. But without the effort in this process, you will not get the floor you desire; it’s simply not possible.
So when requesting a polished cream floor, please ensure your contractor is up to the task and has allowed for the setting time and that they are being paid for these tasks.