While polishing marble and granite has been ongoing for several decades, polished concrete in its current form was discovered by accident in the 1990s.
A natural stone polishing contractor, who was starting work on a palace in Tunisia, instructed his new crew to polish a concrete floor. Believing they knew it was to be polished wet as was customary with marble, granite and natural stone, he left them alone. When he arrived several hours later to check on their progress, he realized they were dry polishing and ordered them to stop. Upon further inspection, he had his crew continue polishing dry after he discovered how beautiful the floor was looking.
Polished concrete is a multi-step process where a concrete floor is mechanically ground, honed and polished with bonded abrasives in order to cut a concrete floors surface. It is then refined with each cut As with any other specialized technique, polishing is a multi-step process requiring use of the proper tools and equipment to achieve top-quality results.