I would talk with a local supplier and make sure you get good advice and make the product as non-slip as possible. Now for my carpet opinion. We have carpet in our unattended store, and when we replace it again, it will be carpet squares so we can remove and replace and or clean tiles and re-set them. IMO, carpet is the only way top go for an unattended store due to the obvious.
Patricia, We just did the exact same thing in our newest store. We had them stain the concrete a beautiful Glacier Blue after polishing it and it looked beautiful. Then we reopened the store and let customers in. We also put down 2 coats of acrylic. Within days we had discolorationsome everywhere. Every time a customer spills any chemical on the floor it discolors the stain, and not just bleach. Any detergent, bleach, downy, pretty much anything discolors it. Of course the company that did this didn't tell us until after they were done. I imagine in most businesses this wouldn't be a huge deal but in the laundry business it's a huge problem. If I had it to do over again I would still do polished Concrete but would leave it gray w no stain. Surprisingly it's rather slip resistant even when wet so that's not really a problem. Btw, polished Concrete was about 1/3 the cost of tiling. Best of luck!
I used a acetone solvent dye made by Americolor that soaks into the concrete. After staining and polishing I used a sealer that needs to be polished into the concrete with a special buffing head and brought up to 90* temp to set. Bleach has no effect nor does softener.
Ours is just ground and polished concrete with a sealer put on by the contractor. When we mop the floor there is a product that we add to the mop water to bring the shine back up on the concrete. It's incredibly tough and shows no scratches from items being drug across it by the customers. I'm also surprised how slip resistant it is when wet. It's a great fit in our store and wouldn't trade it for anything.
You know I have learned a lot from the big box stores. They pay big $ to have things done right from A/C, lights, paints, Auto doors, bathrooms, etc. Yes they pay where we would not have to by just coping some of their ideas. Just like Wendy's would do with McDonald's.
Anyway, they do not paint nor stain their floors. They just seal them and clean them.
Not a bad idea
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