Have you ever visited a warehouse and observed a shiny gray floor, when you observe closely the surface looks like concrete.
When you inquire around you are told that it is concrete but what they call the finish is Polished Concrete.
What is polished concrete? It is a concrete surface that has been ground by a professional machine and has been treated with chemicals to harden it. Once through the floor looks smooth shiny and sophisticated.
If you have decided that you are going to polish your floors, a polisher equipment is vital. The first is the grinder, the diamond abrasives, and the hardener.
In the process of floor polishing, a hardener is usually used after the floor has been checked.
- Sweep the floor and evaluate the hardness of the concrete by using Mohs
- Check for any cracks and repair
- Start the initial grinding process
- After the initial grinding, apply the liquid hardener on the concrete. It hardens the surface and protects against water penetration and staining.
What is a Floor hardener?
Floor hardeners are liquid or metals that applied to concrete to prevent any water from seeping through hence make the concrete surface stronger, less permeable to watery substances and more durable.
There are liquid hardeners such as Xtreme hard concrete densifier, Xtreme Hard solid densifier. There are also sealers and concrete admixtures. There are also, heavy duty metallic floor hardeners, non-metallic floor hardeners, metallic floor hardeners and carborundum based non-metallic floor hardeners.
The hardeners can be used on interior or exterior surfaces. Every type of hardener has got its own features and characteristics. Liquid hardeners have the following features;
- They decrease porosity while increasing the hardness.
- Offer higher abrasion resistance.
- Less formation of tire marks.
- They are easy to clean.
- Surface appearance improved.
Another name of a hardener is densifier when properly used alongside the grinding machine it gives a home a glossy look. A densifier provides a much harder and shinier surface that has a lot of resistance to most stains, oils, grease and water damage. If the surface where it has been applied has a lot of wear &tear, it can deteriorate over time and may require re-application.
Hardening and polishing work starts with an efficient grinder. The grinder needs to be fitted with diamond abrasives to remove the surface layer. The choice of the grinder will depend on the surface area that you are using. Xtreme polishing has a variety of concrete grinders for your job.
Then, the flooris treated with a hardener. The hardener fills in the pores as it is absolved into the concrete. Concrete Densifier helps increase the density of the surface to prevent micro chunks which can be removed when polishing the surface.
Hardeners are an important component in the floor polishing process when used properly can greatly enhance the fit and finish of a concrete floor.