Simple tips to clean your exposed aggregate floor

Posted on: 14 June 2016

The tools which you use when cleaning exposed aggregate floors inside your home are as vital as the cleaning technique which you apply. Generally, exposed aggregate will gather dust, dirt and debris as time passes. Part of your maintenance work is to clean in order to maintain your floor's beautiful finish. This article explains step-by-step instructions on how an ordinary homeowner can clean their exposed aggregate flooring.

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Dust mop/ soft-bristled vacuum cleaner
  • Household ammonia
  • Cleaning detergent
  • Broom

Step 1

First, sweep the floor using a broom in order to remove large debris. Afterward, use a soft-bristled vacuum cleaner or dust mop to get rid of dust or any embedded dirt. This serves to prepare the exposed aggregate floor for the wet mop by decreasing the amount of dust and dirt that can spread throughout the floor during the mopping process.

Step 2

Mix a neutral detergent and warm water in a bucket. The best thing about neutral detergents is that they are suitable for use on any washable surface and hardly affect the surface finish. This makes them ideal for use on exposed aggregate floors. Never use a cleaning detergent that is too strong or poorly diluted. Otherwise, it may leave a dull finish on your floor after cleaning. Adhere to the detergent manufacturer's instructions for the correct ratio of water to detergent. Alternatively, you can also use dishwashing liquid and mix it with warm water.

Step 3

Apply the cleaning solution on small sections of the floor and allow it to sit for a few minutes. This is meant to loosen any dirt or stains stuck on the floor. For heavily soiled or stained areas, use a soft-bristle brush to scrub the areas. Mop the wet floor and make sure you frequently rinse the mop with clean water, as you don't want to leave a dirty finish on your aggregate flooring.

Step 5

The next step involves deep cleaning. To do this, mix warm water with household ammonia in a bucket. Use the resulting solution to mop the floor, rinsing as often as possible to avert transferring grime back onto the exposed aggregate floor. Next, mop the floor using clean, warm water as part of rinsing the floor. This serves to minimize the possibility of surface damage. Allow the floor to dry. In the end, you are left with a clean, bright exposed aggregate floor.