Hey, remember that time you were sitting with your friends, out to dinner on a Saturday night, and you guys were like, “Oh my gosh. I wish, like, I knew more about polished concrete. Like when did it start you know? Who polished the first concrete floor? How’d they know to do it? I bet that person was super awesome. Like. We would probably be best friends.”
You remember that, right? Yes? No? Not your top conversation priority? Well, that’s dumb. Friend. Reader. Get it together, and get on my conversational tip level. Also, I’m going to answer the questions you should’ve asked. The questions you weren’t cool enough to think of yourself.
I’m sorry, that was a little mean. You’re cool, I’m sure. But, still, polished concrete.
A contractor from the wonderful land of Tunisia, yes, Tunisia (its in Northern Africa), was hired to polish a concrete floor in a palace. It’s an interesting place for concrete polishing to begin, but it did. Concrete hadn’t been polished before, and it would all begin because of miscommunication. Now, marble and granite had been polished a bunch, so this wasn’t too big of a leap. However, the person who “commissioned” the job assumed that the polisher would know to polish with water. You know what happens when you assume things…you’re often not right. Get your mind out of the gutter, I wasn’t talking about that terrible assume cliche. Stop assuming things. So, the person didn’t know, and started to dry grind the floor.
Magic happened. It was beautiful. It was marvelous. The palace looked fit for royalty. (HA, palace…royalty–get it?) This all went down in the 1990s, and from then on out, they started perfecting this process. The perfection work happened right here in the states. Now, we are knee-deep in our trusty diamond pads (what is used to grind the floor).