Water marks and scratches

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Juliette Harris

Hello everyone,

My name is Juliette and I live in Southern California. I had my floor done 10 months ago. At that time it was concrete with spray staine added for texture then sealed and polished. I loved the results but after 6 months, the stain color began to fade away under my rugs. The concrete company came back to fix it, explaining to me that the sealer, for whatever reason, did do its job. They grind the whole floor, cleaned and when they sprayed the stain again, the "ghost" of the carpets reappeared. After trying different options to hide it, we decided to redo the whole floor, but no color stain.

This time, they applied many coats of solvant based sealer and then 6 coats of urethan wax. I have dogs and the floor scratches very easily, the new floor was done 3 weeks ago and it is already covered with scratches. I also noticed that if a drop of water falls on the floor, even if I wipe it out within a second, it leaves a mark. The wax is glossy and the water mark is mat. I thought that after cleaning my floor with Simple Green I would see those marks disappearing, but they are all still there. If I don't see a water drop as soon as it touches the floor, the concrete gets wet, it then evaporate but still I don't understand how after many coats of sealer and 6 coats of wax.

I bought a buffer polisher for the scratches, and I guess that the water marks will disappear as well but I don't see myself buffing the floor each time I wash the dishes...

Also the polisher leaves circles marks, maybe because I don't know how to use it yet.

I chose this floor for the look that I love but also for the low maintenance I heard about. So far, this is a high maintenance job!

Any advise would be awesome! Thanks in advance.

Bets Regards,

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Lindy A.
Many coats of solvent based

Many coats of solvent based sealer?  Do you know what sealer it was (this has a bearing on the hardness of the sealer), they are NOT all created equal and there are several different types of sealers having differing physical properties and characteristics. If sealers were rungs on a 8 foot ladder, solvent based acrylic sealers would be the bottom rung in relation to wear/abrasion resistance  ... 100% solids industrial epoxy would be the be about the 4th rung, with top rungs on ladder being an aliphatic urethane, cross-linking 2 component high solids waterborn urethane, or ultimate survivor being high solids polyaspartic aliphatic polyurea/PAP (note: PAP's are frequently specified for use on romp/play floors in doggie day cares with dozens of large dogs on it all day long ... furthermore, PAP never require costly/labor intense wax and waxing regimes to maintain a high gloss/reflective image without water spots/ect.  

Note: water spots can be caused from "hard water" ... just like you may have water spots on your car after washing/rinsing, glass shower doors, tile, etc.  85% of the country has hard water.  You should be cleaning your floors with a PH neutral balanced floor cleaner, type that does not require rinsing ... also, recommend that you get an inline water softner (can get them for as low as $35.00) that would not leave water spots/film on your floor (get for washing/rinsing you car) as well without water spots or hazy/films.  Will provide you with information on in-line water softener information upon request 

As for rugs ... NEVER place rugs that can't breathe over decorative concrete floors; rising moisture/vapors being emitted up/out of concrete will not be able to adequately escape leaving PERMANENT image of where the rug was placed.  

As for wax? Same question.  What was the brand name of wax ... they have various hardness's and physical properties as well. 

Lindy A.

Juliette Harris
First of all, thanks for your

First of all, thanks for your answer. I will ask my contractor the name of the product he used. The only thing I know is solvent base sealer + several coats of wax urethane. My water is def hard and I will follow your advise and install a softener  system. Thanks again!