Polyurethane Topcoats
Written by Craig B

Polyurethane Topcoats

Epoxy floors have the great advantage of being very resilient and hardwearing. They are also a long lasting floor coating system by providing build thickness. However, in most cases, the best results come from an epoxy floor with the addition of a thin-film polyurethane topcoat. This is because a polyurethane topcoat can enhance your floor with a number of unique properties. Read on to learn more.

You Need More Than Just An Epoxy Floor Coating

The kits you find in DIY home improvement stories often consist of relatively inexpensive, low solids, water-based epoxies. It is not surprising toread user reviews sayingthey are not durable and turn yellow over time. While these DIY products usually make functional primers and basecoats, they will never achieve the finish coat properties of a top-grade,  polyurethane. An epoxy coating, in this case, is just does not meet the quality required. The absence of a high-performance urethane topcoat, or improper concrete preparation are often the two most frequest reasons for concrete floor failure.

The Right Topcoat Makes All the Difference

A polyurethane topcoat adds scratch resistance, gloss retention, yelowing resistance and easier cleanability  to an epoxy floor coating system. Additionally, fine aggregate additives made from silica sand, aluminum oxide, or even spherical glass bead can be stirred into the urethane topcoat to add significant slip and wear-resistance while maintaining easy cleanability. These also hide minor imperfections in the concrete substrate, especially if a satin finish urethane is used.

With polymer floor coatings, unique needs and circumstances dictate the best grouping of primers, basecoats and topcoats. There is an extensive list of polymer flooring choices, such as vinyl esters, novalac epoxies, urethane concrete, ESD coatings, epoxy or polyurethane mortars. These are typically used in industrial areas with very specific requirements and not found in DIY home improvement stores.

 
How to Clean Concrete
Written by webtechs

How to Clean Concrete Floors

Concrete is favorable for both indoor and outdoor flooring. It is long-lasting and easy to clean but it can stain. The reasoning is because concrete is porous, and soaks up dust and dirt, needing regular but not too regular scrubbing to keep its cleanliness. Power washing is the easiest way to clean outdoor concrete. You are able to blow away dirt, mold and grime in less than a day.  Spray the patio flooring with a cleaning agent and utilizing a stiff brush to scrub cleaner into the concrete. Use safety goggles and wear gloves. Switch the pressure washer on. Move its wand from side to side, like you would when you are mopping a floor.

Removing Stains From Concrete

There are several ways to remove stains from concrete. There is bleach, ammonia (but don’t mix them together) and other commercial compounds. To use a natural solution for unyielding stains on interior concrete flooring, combine flour and hydrogen peroxide and make it into a paste the thickness of peanut butter. Spread the paste over the stained area. Let the paste sit on the stain overnight. The next day, scrub the paste with a plastic edged scraper. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) combined with water and rubbed onto the stained area utilizing a nylon bristled brush can remove tougher stains. Scrub until the stain is gone then rinse with a hose. You can purchase Trisodium phosphate at home improvement stores.

Muriatic acid can be utilized on outdoor flooring to clean tougher stains, such as rust or dried mortar. It’s a potent, toxic chemical that needs to be used with the utmost caution. Wear protective goggles and gloves when using it and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use muriatic acid to clean concrete.

To clean indoor concrete flooring that are polished and/or stamped, you will need to take a more gentle approach. You can simply use a mop and a bucket of water combined with a mild cleaning solution. Its advisable not to use bleach, ammonia, or any other acidic solutions on polished and/or stamped flooring. Many good cleaners comprise of Castile soaps, liquid dish detergents, some stone cleaners and mild floor solutions. Mix a solution, put it on the floor using a wet mop and then cleanse the floor with a mop and a clean bucket of water.

For making your concrete floors resistant to down the road stains, a concrete sealant should be used. Utilizing a roller to apply it to cleaned, primed concrete areas. Begin in in the middle of the area and roll the sealant outwards. Floors are required to be re-sealed at least every 2 to 3 years. Knowing how to clean your concrete the right way will keep the floors on your patio, your garage, workshop and home looking like it did when it was first poured.

Source:

  1. How to Clean Concrete Floors. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2021, from https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/how-to-clean-concrete-floors

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