Sealing Cement Floors
Fort Worth, TX – Cement floors are changing. The old “gray slab” cement is being transformed into more up-beat and modern floor coverings that are getting the attention of building owners and designers.
Once installed, however, caring for these new cement floors is the job of cleaning professionals, and one of their first concerns is whether the cement should be sealed.
“To properly protect and maintain a cement floor, a sealant is usually necessary,” says Mike Englund, a professional cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment. “The real issue is which sealant to use.”
For this reason, this month’s Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter focuses on how to select a sealer for cement and concrete floors.
According to Englund, there are four key types of cement sealants, each with different benefits and features, that cleaning professionals can use. They are:
• Penetrating sealers: These react chemically with the concrete to shield against moisture and adverse climate conditions. They can provide excellent protection and are best used on exterior concrete surfaces or where a natural, non-glossy finish is desired.
• Acrylics: These form a thin protective film over the concrete surface, are economical and can be used on both indoor and exterior concrete. Often they are used to enhance the look of colors and designs stamped into the concrete.
• Polyurethanes: Similar to acrylics, polyurethanes can be used for both indoor and exterior concrete but are a wise choice in heavy foot traffic areas or where scuffing is a problem.
• Epoxies: These sealants form an even greater protective film than polyurethanes and are designed for very heavy traffic locations. While they produce a very hard, long-wearing, and abrasion-resistant finish, they may yellow over time so are best used for interior installations.
“Before using any sealant, cleaning professionals should first determine what kind of ‘look’ the client wants for the floor, then double check with the manufacturer what they advise,” says Englund. “The distributor will likely know which sealant is most compatible with the cement floor installed.”
The Powr-Flite Troubleshooter addresses some of the most common floor care problems cleaning professionals encounter … and, most importantly, how to tackle them.
Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor-care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry. Based in Fort Worth, TX, the company has over 20 patented designs and its products are recognized throughout the world for their innovation, durability, quality and performance. Their products are marketed directly to end-use customers as well as through distributors throughout the North America, Europe and the Far East.