If your home has any type of hard flooring surface, meaning concrete, timber or tile, you want to have that flooring polished on a regular basis. There are many benefits to having this done, and neglecting this job can actually mean a flooring surface that wears out more quickly than it should, and which might be tougher to clean on a regular basis. Note why all hard floor surfaces need regular polishing, and then you can know how to best maintain your home's floors and keep them looking good.
Concrete floors are used for more than garages and basements; polished concrete is very attractive and durable, and also very hygienic, which is why more and more homeowners are having it installed throughout their entire home. However, while concrete is very durable, it's not rock solid, and contains pits and pores that absorb dirt and even moisture and humidity. This can make the surface look dirty and dingy over time, and also cause the concrete to expand and then shrink, leading to cracks and other damage. Polishing the concrete surface will remove any built-up dirt and also shrink those pits and pores. A fresh coat of sealant will then protect the concrete from future damage.
Even the most dense timber species will eventually suffer scuffs, scratches, and other marks when used as residential flooring. You actually may not be able to see all this damage, as those scratches can be very tiny, but they can also allow dirt and moisture to settle into the wood. This causes damage over time; as with concrete, the flooring can then also look very dull. Polishing will remove those scratches and restore the timber to its original colour, and also prepare the wood for fresh sealant.
Tiles used for flooring often have small pits on the surface, in order to add depth and visual interest to the tile, and for better traction. While most types of tile will have an outer layer of a protective material that is meant to repel dirt, this layer can eventually wear away; dirt, grim, food debris, and other such materials may then settle into the tile, discolouring it and causing damage. When this sealant or top coating gets worn, it may also begin to hold dirt and grime, which can be very unsightly and difficult to clean. Polishing the tile will remove all that old sealant and other residue, making the tile as clean and hygienic as possible and ready for a fresh coat of sealant.