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Monday's Ask the Experts: Concrete staining

December 12, 2011
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Our newly constructed Culinary Arts Building has been open for approximately 2 months. The general contractor decided to let us move into the building, and then came back over the Christmas break and "stained" the poured concrete hallway. It is my belief that they used an epoxy type of finish and now we are told we should "protect" this with 2 coats of wax. Has anyone heard of waxing over a stained finish like this and if so, what type of finish would you recommend? Something acrylic, high solids? My fear is that we’re going to create a maintenance nightmare by doing this and we’ll be constantly re-coating this floor to make it look good.

The answer:

You are probably correct regarding the maintenance nightmare. I''d start by finding out exactly what (manufacturer and product) the General Contractor used to stain the floor. Then, I''d follow up with the manufacturer to see what they recommend for cleaning and coating. Most concrete floors are sealed with an acrylic or urethane type concrete sealer; other polymers and natural waxes can be used, but are not practical for commercial locations or outdoors. The best approach would have been to stain the concrete and then ... — Bill Griffin, President of Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.

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