Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Get the Marble Shine for your Floor with Concrete Surface Preparation

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Just because someone has concrete floors, that's no reason for them to be dusty, musty or perhaps worst of all, boring. There are options available today for people to polish concrete floors to a marble shine, for instance, as well as to stain them with acid to create a multi-colored and totally unique appearance. However, before anyone even thinks about the final stages of transforming their concrete floors, it's important that the surface is properly prepared.

Step One: Deep Cleaning

Before anyone does anything to a concrete surface, the first and most necessary step is to clean it down to the bottom of its pores. This means that it needs to be swept, and all of the surface dust and dirt pushed off and carted away. Once all of the loose debris is gone, the next step is to reach below the surface and make sure that all of the pores in the concrete get cleaned out as well. That means that individuals need to get a power washer and spray down the surface in question. All of the water, and the dirt it contains, also needs to be suctioned out and away. This could take several tries, depending on the concrete surface's location and how difficult it is to reach.

Step Two: Layout

The next part of concrete floor preparation is to decide what is going to be done, and to lay out the necessary areas. This is often done by stretching out cord or cable to mark off given areas, and in some instances it might also involve etching lines in the surface as a guide. It depends on whether or not someone is using acid stain to change the color, or they're just going to polish the surface until it gleams. Once the layout has been discussed, and all of the dirt, grime, etc. has been finally and completely removed, then concrete surface preparation is technically done. However, if someone is using a chemical treatment to alter the floor there is likely a pre-treatment that will need to be laid down across the areas to be altered. Always read the packaging and preparation steps, and make sure that everything is done just as it's supposed to be. Only once any pre-treatment materials are laid down and given time to dry should the actual treatment be started.

The next part of concrete floor preparation is to decide what is going to be done, and to lay out the necessary areas. This is often done by stretching out cord or cable to mark off given areas, and in some instances it might also involve etching lines in the surface as a guide. It depends on whether or not someone is using acid stain to change the color, or they're just going to polish the surface until it gleams. Once the layout has been discussed, and all of the dirt, grime, etc. has been finally and completely removed, then concrete surface preparation is technically done. However, if someone is using a chemical treatment to alter the floor there is likely a pre-treatment that will need to be laid down across the areas to be altered. Always read the packaging and preparation steps, and make sure that everything is done just as it's supposed to be. Only once any pre-treatment materials are laid down and given time to dry should the actual treatment be started.

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