The milking parlor is one of the most important parts of a dairy farm, as it is where both cows and staff come into close contact. It’s essential that the concrete floor here be kept clean and sanitary for both animals’ health and safety.
How do you clean concrete floors? To keep concrete floors squeaky clean, there are three things that farmers should always consider: cleaning schedules, proper equipment usage, and concrete sealant applications.
1) Cleaning Schedules
This first practice may seem obvious to many readers; however, it cannot be stressed enough how important regular concrete cleaning schedules are to maintaining your milking parlor floor. The goal with any concrete floor – whether it’s located in the milking parlor or not – is to keep it looking new and smooth. If concrete floors aren’t routinely tended to with concrete floor cleaners, concrete floor sealers, or concrete repair products, they will begin to look old, dingy, and dull; not only does this make your farm look less appealing, but such a concrete floor can also lead to dangerous slips and falls for your cows and staff members alike.
Concrete floors that are maintained on a regular basis with concrete cleaners and concrete sealants that specifically target the problem areas of the parlor (e.g., where fecal matter accumulates) will stay clean longer and require fewer repairs over time than those concrete floors that are maintained on a regular basis.
2) Proper Equipment Usage
Proper concrete floor equipment usage is another essential part of maintaining clean and sanitary concrete floors. A concrete floor buffer, for example, is a machine that will help you to keep your concrete floor smooth and shiny in between concrete cleaner or concrete sealant applications. If your farm’s concrete flooring is riddled with holes and deep cracks – no matter how well it is sealed – using the proper concrete cleaning products on such a concrete floor can be downright impossible; instead, these types of problems should be fixed before concrete cleaners or concrete sealers are applied (e.g., by filling in holes with concrete repair products).
Concrete buffers can help farmers to maintain their milking parlor floors at the highest possible level of shine and cleanliness when concrete floor cleaners and concrete floor sealers are applied at least once per year, depending on how heavily the concrete floors are used.
3) Concrete-Sealing Applications
When concrete floor cleaning products or concrete repair products have done their jobs of cleaning concrete floors or filling in cracks, respectively, farmers can then apply a concrete floor sealant to keep these newly-healed surfaces looking great for weeks, months, and years to come (depending on which brand of concrete sealer they’ve chosen). Applying a concrete floor sealant will help your farm’s milking parlor surface – whether it’s made out of natural stone like granite or poured concrete like epoxy – maintain its beauty for longer periods of time than would be possible without concrete sealing.