I would like to polish the concrete screed in my bathroom, after
ripping up the tacky old PVC tiles. In fact, I would like to install a
walk-in shower. I have looked in vain for anything on the internet
regarding polishing concrete floors but have not managed to turn
anything useful up. It seems to be difficult to just find a hire shop
that has the equipment necessary tio do the job. Has anybody had any
experience of concrete polishing?
Q&A at http://www.encoreproducts.co.uk/advice.shtml#q16 includes
Q Can I polish concrete to make a work top?
A Yes, it polishes up well, but unlike granite you do not need a full
sequence of pads.
I'm sure the company will advise and their site lists planty of polishing
pads but what you drive them with I couldn't see
The clever dick reply is with their "For polishing in a tight corner"pads
but with a 90mm diameter that still leaves a significant triangle so I
presume by hand with their rectangular hand pads
I have a shag pile in my bathroom - quite cosy 'twixt the toes, and a 'walk
in shower' doesn't neccesarily mean an open plan one - I've recently seen a
few that are just two parallel tiled walls where the 'door' would normally
Nuffing humble about my opinions, mate. Get paid loads of money
for those, I do. :o)
(OK, not about carpets in bathrooms...)
But slightly more seriously, I like carpet in bathrooms. But then,
I'm the only male in the house, and I pee carefully.
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those
who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this
I like carpet in the bathroom too. It soaks up all the piss that misses
the pan and avoids that annoying drumming noise that urine normally
makes on linoleum.
Mind you, it's starting to get a bit sticky now. Are you supposed to
wash it or something?
There is a certain technique involving directing the stream at a tangent
to the curvature of the urinal. If you aim directly into the centre of
a parabolic wee-wee reflector then you will experience a significant
amount of urinary rebound that is directly proportional to the volume
and pressure of the source.
If youre going to go to the trouble of polishing it, I'd definitely
lay a layer of terrazzo mix first, it will look fabulous versus very
dull for plain screed. Having stayed in a terrazzo'd house I can
assure you its a gorgeous flooring method.
In the early days of terrazzo the grinding/polishing was done with
large abrasive stones on a broom handle, in progressively finer
Thanks for the response guys, much greater than I expected. I had
heard that concrete polishing is an expensive process but I do like
the finish when it is polished. The look I am going for is
utilitarian/functional so that would be in keeping. Otoh, my son has a
flat in Palma, Mallorca, which is terrazzod throughout. I like the
idea of a continuous floor covering so may do some research into that.
The alternative is to use the uneven natural floor tiles that I picked
up off Freecycle! As for carpets - agreed, absoultely no place in a
bathroom (unless you have little rugs around the loo and furry toilet
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