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CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS

On January 10, 2018, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Learning how to clean an epoxy garage floor coating isn’t hard. In fact, one of the primary reasons for having a floor coating is for the ease of maintenance. There are some basic cleaning tips for epoxy floors that you should be aware of, however, that will help insure a nice clean surface for years […]

Learning how to clean an epoxy garage floor coating isn’t hard. In fact, one of the primary reasons for having a floor coating is for the ease of maintenance. There are some basic cleaning tips for epoxy floors that you should be aware of, however, that will help insure a nice clean surface for years to come. These cleaning tips are the same for polyurea, polyurethane, and polyaspartic garage floor coatings as well.
As resilient as garage floors coatings are to dirt and stains, they do require some cleaning maintenance to keep their shine. If not, some coatings can start to lose their gloss due to the sanding effect of the loose dirt and grime that gets caught up under shoes and tires.
Another issue to be aware of is that some cleaners can leave a film on the surface while others may de-gloss the shine or cause it to fade. So let’s take a look at what cleaners to use and what not to use, as well as some recommended cleaning methods.
EPOXY FLOOR CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
The first thing we recommend is getting yourself a quality 24” to 36” dust mop. You can find these at your local home improvement centers or you can purchase them for a low price from Amazon . You will find that a dust mop will provide for 90% of your epoxy floor cleaning duties.
Since dust and dirt do not stick to the floor, just use the dust mop once a week (or sooner if needed) to keep the floor clean. It only takes a few minutes and you are done. They even work well for floors that have a polymer anti-slip additive in the surface.
If you have a floor coating with an aggressive anti-slip aggregate such as aluminum oxide or you don’t care for dust mops for a particular reason, then a soft bristle push broom like this one here make for a great choice as well.
For garage floor coatings with contraction joints or saw cuts in the floor, vacuum them out monthly or use a broom to sweep them clean of debris.
Spot cleaning for spills or fluid leaks from cars can easily be wiped up with a paper towel, soft cloth, or a clean rag. A shot of Windex works wonders if the spill has left a film.
HEAVY DUTY CLEANING
For epoxy garage floor coatings that see a lot of traffic and dirt, it’s a good idea to give your floor a good cleaning once every 3 or 4 months. The best cleaning tools for this is a good quality hard foam mop or microfiber mop. Though some people swear by them, we are not the biggest fan of string mops. They just don’t scrub very well and have a tendency to leave streaks on glossy finishes.
MOPS
A mop we like that works quite well for epoxy floors is this one here by Rubbermaid. It performs great at picking up dirt and debris and leaves very little liquid on garage floor coatings.
As with most floor mopping, frequent rinsing in the cleaning solution is the key for the best results. Admittedly, the self-wringing feature of this mop is a great benefit.
Another option is a microfiber mop. It’s commercial quality and has an 18″ width which helps to cover more floor to get the job done faster.
What’s nice about this mop is that it also comes with a microfiber dust mop pad. This allows it to work double duty as your everyday dust mop and regular cleaning mop which reduces the amount of cleaning tools you need to store.
CLEANING SOLUTIONS
Our favorite cleaning solution that works well for regular floor cleaning is ½ cup of ammonia to a gallon of hot water in a bucket. Apply it using the foam or microfiber mop. Be sure to rinse the mop frequently in the bucket of hot water to rid it of the debris it picks up. This even works well for floors that have salt film and residue. You really shouldn’t need anything stronger than this for most jobs.
Windex is another solution that will give you a little bit more cleaning power if it’s needed. Mix a ratio of 1 part Windex to 3 parts water. The chemicals in Windex will not leave a film on the coating and do a good job of cutting through residue.
For spot cleaning any stubborn dirt that you encounter, a soft scrub pad can be used. Just don’t scrub too hard or you may degloss the surface.
If for some reason you have some serious cleaning to do, Simple Green is a product that will work well at cleaning up grease and other grime. This really shouldn’t be needed unless you have a cleaning disaster on your hands or a worn floor of lower quality epoxy that has many scratches allowing dirt to get embedded.
Start with a solution of 1 part Simple Green to 8 parts water. A deck brush helps for scrubbing in this case. You can mix it stronger if necessary, however, keep in mind that Simple Green can leave a film on the coating. The key is to use a separate bucket of clean water and mop to rinse the floor as you go.
When using any of these methods you can just let the floor air dry. You can also wipe it down with a lint free towel if you prefer.
Marks left by tires can be the toughest to remove if not cleaned regularly.
For rust stains, we recommend using a 1:1 ratio of CLR and warm water. Apply it directly to the rust spot using a scrub brush or soft scrub pad and then rinse with cold clean water. Do not let it sit for more than a minute or two on the surface.
DO NOT USE THESE CLEANERS ON GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS
When cleaning your garage floor coating, do not use citrus cleaners or vinegar. These types of cleaners contain acids that can slowly degloss the finish of epoxy and other floor coatings over time.
Don’t use cleaners with soap in them as well. Soap can leave streak marks and a hazy film on the surface that impedes the shine of the finish. The soapy film can also make the floor much more slippery when it gets wet.
Cleaning an epoxy garage floor coating should be easy. Just use these cleaning tips and methods for your quick and easy floor coating maintenance. Doing so will help to maintain a cleaner looking floor that will hold its gloss and finish for a longer period of time.

 

How Do I Protect and Maintain Stained Concrete?

On December 26, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a […]


Although stain is permanent and won’t flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). A good sealer will provide other benefits as well, such as adding sheen to the surface and enhancing color intensity. (See Protecting Acid Stained Floors and The Concrete Network’s Shop Smart Guide to Buying Concrete Sealers.)

While protecting stained concrete with a sealer or floor finish will repel dirt and help prevent wear, it does not eliminate the need for periodic maintenance. How much traffic the surface receives often dictates the amount of ongoing maintenance required. To protect your investment, ask the stain manufacturer or stain applicator to provide you with care and maintenance guidelines, including recommendations for cleaning products.
Here are some general tips:
• For interior concrete floors subject to only light foot traffic, maintenance is usually a simple matter of dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner.
• If stained floors begin to loose their luster or shine, rewaxing will usually revive the appearance. In a typical residential setting, a year or longer may go by before it’s necessary to buff and rewax the floor. In businesses with more traffic, it will be necessary to reapply the finish at more frequent intervals.
• For exterior stained concrete, keep the surface clean by sweeping it with a broom or leaf blower or rinsing with a garden hose. To remove stubborn dirt, scrub with a mop or medium-bristle brush and a mild cleaner.
• To keep exterior surfaces protected, apply a new coat of sealer every year or two, or as necessary. When you begin to notice that water no longer beads up on the surface, it’s time to reseal.
• Stained concrete countertops will have different protection and maintenance needs than walking surfaces. Be sure to consult the installer for guidance.
See attached link for a qualified contractor www.artconlv.com

 

WHAT PROBLEMS DOES MOISTURE CREATE?

On October 24, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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All natural systems tend towards equilibrium. A hot cup of coffee transfers heat to the air in the room until they are both at the same temperature (this is related to entropy and the second law of thermodynamics). In chemistry, higher concentrations of a chemical move towards areas of lower concentration (known as Le Chatelier’s […]

All natural systems tend towards equilibrium. A hot cup of coffee transfers heat to the air in the room until they are both at the same temperature (this is related to entropy and the second law of thermodynamics). In chemistry, higher concentrations of a chemical move towards areas of lower concentration (known as Le Chatelier’s principle). The same is true for areas of higher or lower relative humidity (which is actually a measure of the vapor pressure of water vapor in air). This movement of vapor is called diffusion.

These principles mean that if the relative humidity in the concrete slab is different than the relative humidity of the air above the slab, then moisture is going to try to move in or out of the slab. Without a vapor barrier, the relative humidity in the slab just below the surface can often be 100%. Since the air is seldom that humid, moisture is going to move from the slab into the air and as the surface dries a bit it will draw moisture up from the bottom.

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Whitening of sealers is often caused by applying it to a wet surface. QC Construction Products in Madera, CA

So why is that a problem? Water vapor from the floor can make rooms more humid, which can be a concern with new tighter home construction. In extreme cases, when you started with wet concrete or when the ground beneath the slab is very wet, the floor can actually be damp and slick and moisture will condense beneath objects placed on the slab. Wet floors can also promote mold growth.

For decorative concrete there are three potential problems with a lot of moisture coming out of slabs. First, if you stain a slab that has lots of moisture movement, especially stains that use copper salts, you can get blackening or discoloration. Second, as water vapor moves through the slab, it can condense into liquid water and leach calcium hydroxide which then ends up as efflorescence on the slab surface. This can also result in high pH levels at the slab surface.

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Moisture vapor transmission through polyacrylate terrazzo joints. Key Resin Company in Batavia, OH

But the biggest problem for decorative concrete with a lot of moisture moving through a slab is the pressure it exerts at the surface. If there is too much moisture in the concrete, and an impermeable layer is placed over it the moisture migration can delaminate the coating (sealer) or overlay. Sealers that allow some vapor passage can be used, but most topical membrane sealers require a moisture vapor emission rate (MVER) of 3 or 5 pounds/1000 square feet/24 hours.

In commercial applications, when carpet, wood, or vinyl flooring is installed over damp concrete, moisture creates real havoc, since the dampness and high alkalinity will lead to mold, emulsified adhesives, and warped flooring. This very expensive problem has led to a lot of research in recent years, and the simple answers that have emerged are to use a low water-cement ratio concrete (0.5 or less) and to install a vapor barrier under slabs on ground.

https://www.concretenetwork.com/vapor-barriers/moisture.html

 

Metallic Coating Transforms a Restaurant Floor

On October 24, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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The owners of a high-end steakhouse in downtown Calgary go after the “wow” factor for their concrete floor by applying a two-tone metallic finish. A variegated look was achieved by applying the material in two coats containing different concentrations of silver and gray pigments. https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/interiorfloors/metallic-concrete-floors.html

The owners of a high-end steakhouse in downtown Calgary go after the “wow” factor for their concrete floor by applying a two-tone metallic finish. A variegated look was achieved by applying the material in two coats containing different concentrations of silver and gray pigments.

https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/interiorfloors/metallic-concrete-floors.html

 

Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios

On August 21, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com columnist If your backyard (or budget) allows for installation of only a small concrete patio, you can still make a big impact by taking advantage of concrete’s ability to be cast in nearly any shape, pattern, or color. Consider these decorative options to give your […]

Design Ideas for Small Backyard Patios
By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com columnist
If your backyard (or budget) allows for installation of only a small concrete patio, you can still make a big impact by taking advantage of concrete’s ability to be cast in nearly any shape, pattern, or color. Consider these decorative options to give your small patio greater visual appeal and functionality.

Incorporate curves.
You don’t have to settle for boring square shapes with straight lines. “There’s a trend for curved patios that blend with the landscaping,” says Matt Zook of J&H Decorative Concrete. He likes to shape concrete patios so they flow with the landscaping. His patios typically only “square off” when they meet up with a walkway or doorway.

Add a pattern or stenciled design.
You can give your small patio the look of natural stone or brick by using a stamped pattern or stencils. With stencils, you can also create more elaborate custom designs, such as a faux outdoor area rug.

Add a border.
Zook likes to frame small patios with a border, especially if the patio has a pattern. “It looks cleaner,” he says. “I don’t like the look of a pattern running all the way off the edge.” Borders also are an effective, inexpensive way to dress up plain concrete, if economy is an issue. Other easy-on-the-budget finishes for small patios include exposed aggregate and a rock salt finish
Use color judiciously.
You can achieve a wide array of great decorative effects using integral or topically applied color. For a small patio, however, it’s best to keep it simple. “The price goes up with more choices of color,” says Zook. “It can be more economical to use the same color for patterned fields and borders.” He also recommends choosing colors that match or complement the house.

Allow enough space for outdoor furniture.
Zook recommends a minimum patio size of 20 to 25 square feet to accommodate furniture and space for walking. He tells customers that for a six-chair outdoor table, they will need at least 10 feet of circumference for the table, plus additional walk-around room.

 

How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace

On July 19, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace By Denise Schoonhoven, eHow Contributor Made of lightweight concrete and molded to replicate the look of natural stone, manufactured stone veneer is a modern building material for fireplaces. While the firebox itself is made of heavy-duty materials, the hearth, mantle, and chimney are clad with faux stone. […]

How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace
By Denise Schoonhoven, eHow Contributor

Made of lightweight concrete and molded to replicate the look of natural stone, manufactured stone veneer is a modern building material for fireplaces. While the firebox itself is made of heavy-duty materials, the hearth, mantle, and chimney are clad with faux stone. Manufactured stone is colored with pigments and stains to match the type of stone found in nature, then sealed to maintain the veneer’s integrity. Both indoor and outdoor fireplaces clad in manufactured stone are low maintenance.
Instructions
Things You’ll Need
• Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
• Vacuum extender attachment
• Broom
• Towel
• Spray bottle glass cleaner
• Garden hose
• Exterior window cleaner
• Garden spray nozzle
• Manufactured stone cleaner
• Brush
• Pressure sprayer
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Vacuum the entire surface of an interior manufactured stone fireplace once a month or more frequently in regions where dust and debris accumulate quickly. Use the brush attachment on the hose of the vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the seal on the faux stone. Add an extender attachment to the hose to reach higher surfaces. For an exterior fireplace, brush dust and debris from manufactured stone surfaces with a broom.
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Wipe the hearth, mantle, and any surfaces that can get fingerprints with a soft towel moistened with glass cleaner. Allow the cleaner to dry completely before starting a new fire. Outdoors, spray a manufactured stone fireplace with an exterior window cleaner attached to a garden hose. Rinse residue away thoroughly with clear water through a garden spray nozzle attachment on the hose.
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Use a manufactured stone cleaner to remove stains or built-up grime that can accumulate on outdoor fireplaces near cooking areas or during construction. Clear the area of furniture and cover the surrounding surfaces with plastic. Dilute the cleaner with water in proportions directed by the manufacturer’s label instructions. Moisten the faux stone with clear water, apply the cleaning solution with a brush or sprayer, then rinse repeatedly with a pressure sprayer.

Read more: How to Care for a Manufactured Stone Fireplace | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6397409_care-manufactured-stone-fireplace.html#ixzz1f23BTgLm

 

BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING

On June 27, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING So what makes an epoxy coating one of the best finishes for your garage floor? Besides looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have […]

BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING

So what makes an epoxy coating one of the best finishes for your garage floor? Besides looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have to panic about damaging the floor if you drop a wrench or a bicycle falls over.

The thicker coating also does a great job of covering over minor imperfections such as small spider cracks and flaws in the concrete. Because epoxy is a topical sealer, it is also anti-dusting. Much of the dust in a garage is created from the powder that a cement floor can shed. Normal traffic on bare concrete can kick up this dusty powder that has a tendency of collecting on cars, tool benches, and storage items, as well as being tracked into the house.

As a topical coating it is also naturally moisture resistant. This is a great benefit for people who live in snowy climates. It makes for easy cleaning of icy brines and road salts that can collect on the floor during the winter. Just a little mild soap and water is all it takes. Dust and debris can be collected with a dust mop or soft broom when the floor is dry.

Depending on whether you added colored acrylic flakes to the floor and the type of topcoat used, some surfaces can be slippery when wet. For people who live in drier climates this usually isn’t an issue. If you want some extra grip however, you can add slip resistant aggregate to the final coat that will create a non-skid surface.

Why Epoxy is a Premier Garage Floor Coating

 

How to Kick Back, Relax, and Vacation at Home

On June 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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Put the World On Hold Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to […]

Put the World On Hold
Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind, says Amy McDonald, spa director of El Monte Sagrado, in Taos, New Mexico. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).

Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.

Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.

Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.

https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/staycation/put-world-on-hold

 

25 Genius Ways to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue…

On January 5, 2017, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ. BY KATHLEEN HACKETT AND MARIA CARTER http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

It’s summertime and — as the saying goes — the living is easy. Or at least it will be when you steal these fast, fresh tips for your next backyard BBQ.

http://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/

 

Summer Fun

On June 27, 2016, in Decorative Concrete, by admin
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For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/    

For some great summer fun ideas with the kids and family, the following link will get you started making summer a great  http://www.listotic.com/32-best-diy-backyard-games/

 

 

 

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