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Using a Modified Densifier Application on Soft Concrete

We have all have encountered it from time to time… the dreaded soft concrete floor! The customer wants it polished — and you immediately want to run! Sometimes, though, a simple modified densifier application process may be all you need to create a polished concrete floor that has good reflectivity, the expected final shine, and […]

From Blasted to Beautiful: Polishing Concrete Severely Damaged by Shot Blasting

Concrete polishing can be a difficult-to-master process because concrete conditions vary widely. In any situation with concrete polishing, an existing surface is smoothed by grinding to reduce all inequalities so that the floor can be consistently polished. Similar to stone polishing, the more perfected the surface is to start with, the better the final result […]

Floor Maintenance vs. Floor Restoration: Knowing When & How to Use Them

As surfaces are used, they become degraded by abrasion, contaminants, and moisture. Depending on the surface and its appropriateness to the environment, maintenance may be required more often to avoid the costly work of restoration. What is Floor Maintenance? To maintain a surface means that the process curates the already performing finish. Work is done […]

Taking the Edge Off: Practical Tips for Grinding Edges

Adequate concrete surface preparation is vitally necessary in order for a coating or adhesive to thoroughly bond to the floor surface, so you definitely don’t want to neglect the edges. In areas where large, walk-behind grinders, scarifiers, or shot blasters can reach, the bigger the machine the more efficient the process. In areas where a […]

A Few Things to Consider When Polishing Damaged Concrete

New or existing floors all have the potential to exhibit damage by poor treatment, neglect, or bad placement techniques. For a coating or flooring contractor, damage can be repaired comparatively easier than a polishing contractor because the repairs will be clad by the new flooring. However, polished concrete, being a finish that is created through […]

The ABC’s of Shot Blasting

Shot blasting is like power washing and sandblasting except it’s done dry and is dustless. The concrete surface is left with a sandpaper-like profile to which new coatings will readily bond. In the case of floors that already have a rough profile, and simply need to be cleaned, shot blasting has the ability to follow […]

Removing Concrete Slab Inequalities by Using a Scarifier

Concrete slabs that have moved because of age or improper placement can have areas of height inequality. The variation in height can cause trip hazards, excessive wear on rolling equipment, and be areas of premature concrete breakdown. In severe cases, slab replacement may be necessary, but in most instances, moderate height inequalities can be flattened […]

Prep, Color, and Seal: Simple Process for a Beautifully Mottled Decorative Floor

With any project, the floor needs to be surveyed for its beginning condition and the customer’s expected outcome. This particular floor has a thick epoxy coating covering and is intended to be used for semi-public foot traffic. Clean-ability is important too, since staining liquids and dirt will be a common as the surface is trafficked. […]

Why bother grouting a polished concrete floor?

  Polished concrete is a concrete surface that has been mechanically refined to exhibit a reflective shine similar to granite or marble tiles. The shine, when done properly, is a natural finish that will not peel or flake like a conventional wax or coating. The process by which polishing takes place relies upon the concrete […]