Concrete Floor Polishing Machines

Floor polishers are ideal for shining up a floor. As long as you are careful and follow directions, your floor polishing experience should be good. Floor polishers tend to be heavy and can run off on their own if they are not held firm and secure. Because the placement of the handle determines the direction the machine goes in, it will take some practice to adequately work the machine.

Floor polishers are versatile floor refinishing machines that operate by using rotating brushes or pads to scrub, polish or buff a floor to maintain its appearance. There are a range of alternative attachments for different floor surfaces, so they are quite a versatile cleaning machine.

Different types of floor polishers 

The number of brushes can vary on floor polishers. A two brush polisher will be lightweight and suitable for small areas such as most residential properties, with a three brush polisher ideally matched for medium-sized areas such as  commercial shops or offices. There are a range of industrial and commercial use machines for every eventuality.

On purchase you often find that floor polishers come with multiple accessories, such as a range of brushes to ensure that you have a ‘fit for purpose’ brush for every surface. You may also have the option of buying a shorter or longer handle for the machine, depending on your requirements.

One popular type of floor polisher, particularly for convenience, is the dual purpose floor polisher / scrubber. It is worth investigating if both the polisher and the scrubber elements are of the same quality and specifications that you require – hopefully this will avoid any disappointment in either the polisher’s or scrubber’s performance.

Benefits of using floor polishers

Critics may argue that improving a floor’s appearance is a waste of time and money. However, polishing your floor has a vast array of benefits which will increase the lifespan of your floor and reduce the required time between cleans, in addition to making the floor ‘look good’. For example, just three of the benefits floor polishing offers you are:

  • Keeping your floors cleaner for longer
  • Minimizing dirt and moisture damage
  • Protecting against surface cracking

 

Steps to use Floor Polishers:

  • Lock the handle in an upright position, and then lay the polisher back on a hard surface.
  • Install the brush and reposition the machine upright. Plug it in.
  • Lower the handle to your waist and lock it in place. Balance the machine on the brush. Turn it on.
  • Start polishing the floor at the back wall and move backward toward the center of the room.
  • Lower the handle to go left and lift the handle to go right. Let go of the handle to stop.
  • Turn the machine off when finished. Unplug it. Remove and clean the brush. Rewind the power cord and put the machine away.

 

Some floor polishers are equipped with a device for cleaning up the dust that forms when floors are cleaned and polished, as well as with “floating” brushes or a tank and attachments for washing floors and shampooing carpets (with a device to prevent liquid from splashing). They are also manufactured with special attachments for sanding and polishing furniture and automobile bodies and in combination with vacuum cleaners.

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How To Acid Stain A Floor

The acid stained floor process, often termed as ‘colored concrete’, is one of the most popular applications to add dramatic effects to a concrete floor. The application can be viewed as an ideal alternative to carpeted or tiled floors, as it gives a depth of color to the floor by combining different colors and techniques. It actually results in uneven coloration of the concrete floors making different patterns.

Xtreme Polishing Systems brings to you a complete guide on ‘how to acid stain concrete floors’.

Taking precautionary measures:

Before starting to acid stain the floors, we remove all the baseboard and trim work to avoid damage. The wall and the exposed lower cabinets are covered with at least 12 inch masking paper.

Preparing the surface:

Floors are washed away with water to confirm they are not sealed. Grease and oil spots are removed by using sandpaper, floor sanders or chemical strippers. Acrylic patches are repaired using acrylic patches. We usually tend to avoid any uneven coloration or imperfections as they may add to exclusive finish of the floors.

Mixing the acid stain:

Acid stains are the blend of water, acid-soluble metallic salts and hydrochloric acid (the main ingredient). All the compounds penetrate into the surface and react with calcium hydroxide in the concrete to produce distinctive patterns and finish.

Applying the acid stains:

Next, we apply the stains using sprays. The spray wand is kept almost 18 inches above the ground and is used in random patterns to wet the floors. It is made sure that no puddles are generated. At least, two coats of acid sprays are applied; the second coat is applied after a gap of about an hour to let the floors dry completely after the first coat. The subsequent coats are applied until the desired color is reached.

Neutralizing the acid stains:

A mixture of water and ammonia in proportion of 4:1 is applied to neutralize the hydrochloric acid stains. We make sure to thoroughly clean the floors using water to further ensure that no acidic residue is left. The extra water is vacuumed at the end and floors are left overnight to dry.

Sealing the floors:

The next step involves using solvent based acrylic to seal the stained floors as it penetrates into the concrete. The floors are sealed to avoid everyday wear and tear and air bubbling as well as to improve the color of the stain effects. We, at Xtreme Polishing Systems, use sprayers to seal the floors to achieve nice consistent finish. This step (again) requires two coats: first with approximately 15% solid acrylic and second with 20-25% solid acrylic.

Applying floor finish wax:

This step involves adding a protective layer to the stained concrete floors so that they are easy to maintain. Either applicator or spill method is used for the purpose. It generally takes 20 to 40 minutes to dry and at least two to four coats are applied for the maximum shine.

The floors acid stained by the XPS professionals are easy to maintain and requires not more than a wash with mild detergent or an occasional waxing.

Understanding Epoxy Coatings

Floors are usually something to which we don’t pay much attention unless something is wrong with them and yet they are an essential part of workday productivity and safety. You may want to consider an alternative flooring option for your facility and its potential impact. One of these options is epoxy floor coatings.

Epoxy is an adhesive that is susceptible to reactions with other chemicals. When applying an epoxy, it is mixed with a hardening agent that causes it to become very strong adhesive resistant to weathering and other chemicals. It is almost impossible to separate two agents that have been bound together by epoxy coatings. This makes an epoxy finish extremely durable, serviceable and stable. Learn how epoxy coatings can be used to benefit your business by reviewing the following.

  • Epoxy coating products are used frequently in the automotive and aeronautical industries.
  • Various businesses employ epoxy coatings for specific industry uses and needs.
  • Epoxy enamel is utilized in the military as well as in maritime commerce.

Epoxy is a material that acts as a sealant for concrete floors. Epoxy coatings can be used on floors for commercial buildings, walkways, even on walls or ceilings at times, and most commonly on garage floors. Many facilities that have already experienced the benefits of epoxy flooring are commercial or industrial buildings such as manufacturing plants, warehouses, pharmaceutical buildings, and food or beverage plants, even laboratories.

Some Important Applications of Epoxy Coating:

  1. Durability: Concrete floors coated in epoxy last longer and resist considerable wear, thus saving you money and allowing you to manage other business concerns.
  2. Brightness: Typically, a high gloss option for coatings can be provided, which improves lighting in your facility to a significant degree due to reflection.
  3. Strength: Once the epoxy has been converted to a solid polymer, it becomes incredibly strong and prevents chemical breakdown.
  4. Saves time: Epoxy flooring is usually quickly and easily installed, which means less time shutting down production for installation.
  5. Low maintenance cleaning: Once concrete has the epoxy coating, it is no longer porous since sealed and is therefore easier to clean.
  6. Aesthetic: Coatings are usually available in an array of colors and patterns to fit your specific style.
  7. Chemically resistant: Epoxy coatings can survive continued exposure to potent chemicals, which is perfect for warehouses or plants that may be exposed to such materials.
  8. Safety: These coatings are also resistant to slippage, temperature, extreme impact and even fire, maintaining both the safety of your employees and your building.
  9. Lowers vehicle maintenance: Choosing an epoxy coating can also reduce wear on vehicles in your facility because it is more forgiving on machinery.
  10. Helps the environment: Lastly, epoxy coatings are a green option for your business because of the reduction in material usage. It is a great alternative to adding on a completely new floor or replacing vehicles due to damage

 

 

Chemical Floor Hardeners

Understanding the A to Z of Chemical Floor Hardeners

Chemical floor hardeners are commonly used to chemically seal and harden the concrete floorings. These chemical products act as a sealant hydrating to make a great impact and strengthen the flooring permanently.

Irrespective the chemical floor hardeners variations to choose from, it’s vital to understand the benefits and features they come associated with, such as reduced dusting, higher gloss impression, and a longer life expectancy of the concrete floor. Initially, people were skeptical when it comes to using densifiers. After all, how can a liquid sealant with an appearance of water change the properties of concrete?

Understanding the Basics of Chemical Floor Hardeners

These chemical floor hardeners are formulated out of chemical reactive products which help in hardening the concrete surface. The hardeners are ready to use for one can use directly in his/her DIY projects. These are liquid based and comes with easy to use instructions.

This aquatic solution, when properly applied provides considerable improvement in scuff and chemical resistance and will suggestively improve the durability of the concrete surface when compared to untreated concrete.

These hardeners are applied and enter into the concrete surface, where a chemical reaction takes place; this produces a by-product that fills the holes of the flooring surface. This process produces a considerably thicker concrete surface with enhanced its durability. Additionally; the densifying and hardening action, it also hardens the concrete surface along with eliminating dusting and pitting.

Uses of Chemical Floor Hardeners

Chemical floor hardeners from Xtreme Polishing Systems are highly recommended for using to harden, dust proof, and improved chemical and abrasion resistant surfaces. Ideal applications include floorings in industrial plants and warehouses, storage silos, sewage plants, chemical processing facilities, refineries, and heavy pedestrian floor traffic areas, such as civic centers, sports arenas, stadiums, hospitals, airports, and museums. These hardeners can be successfully be used in combination with shake-on hardeners as well.

Benefits of Chemical Floor Hardeners

  • Penetrates deeply into concrete to densify and harden surfaces to help prevent entry of moisture and other foreign matter.
  • The flooring becomes abrasion resistance and dust proof when treated with these floor hardeners
  • Provides a permanent, attractive sheen with the ability to polish.
  • Protects against scratching or peeling.
  • Provides tough, protected surface that won’t after-yellow, discolor, or show pedestrian or vehicular traffic wear marks.
  • Improves light reflectance.
  • Ready to use from container and easy to apply.
  • VOC compliant.

Applying Process

Xtremepolishingsystems.com guides on for your DIY projects. With a step by step process on how to apply on the fresh concrete to till the final troweling; it ensures that you are directed methodically for the application process.

Get rid of all residues, curing compounds, oils, sealers, contaminants, and laitance before applying the chemical floor hardener; the flooring you are applying to is thoroughly cleaned and well-built. Ensure that you repair and fill all the pores, cracks and weakened areas.

For top results you can apply it on fresh, newly placed concrete, or instantly after the final finishing processes have been done.

Safety Hazards

Chemical floor hardeners are non-combustible products. People at times working can come in direct contact which might result in severe irritation in eyes and skin hence it is imperative to wear safety gears while working in such hazardous environment.

How To Clean A Concrete Patio

There must be a plenty of answers to the question raised: how to clean concrete patio? But before the cleaning procedure is taken ahead, the fact that has to be taken into account is that no concrete patios can be treated equally.

At Xtreme Polishing Systems we have a team of seasoned professionals who have end-to-end solutions to all your worries. We realize that clean concrete patio makes the surrounding inviting and provides your property a great curb fascination.

Over the period of time, due to regular use of the floors, there grows a layer of grime and dirt as well as mildew or algae. The floors may have been ill-decorated with spills, oils, grease and other stains. And, maintaining a patio concrete in good repair is essential for environmental hygiene. Thus, it has to be cleaned from time to time. So, if you are looking for a professional assistance, Xtreme Polishing Systems has got to be your place.

A few steps are followed by the professionals.

Routine Cleaning:

Next to thoroughly clean the patio Pressure Washing is done:

In accordance to the stains, a spray of commercial chemicals such as Degreasers or a mix of oxygen bleach or rust remover is used. The cleaners are sprayed onto the floors and are left overnight or at least a few hours. Finally, once the cleaners have done their things, a pressure washer is used.

Because some concrete cleaning chemicals contain a strong amount of chlorine, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide etc., the residue needs to be rinsed exhaustively with a garden hose.

Sealing and Waterproofing the concrete patio:

After cleaning is done, the concrete is sealed and waterproofed for protecting it against attracting grime sooner than usual. Concrete sealers are applied evenly to the surface to make it able to resist water and are left for at least four and twenty hours. Xtreme Polishing Systems knows that sealed floors are able to withstand extreme temperatures more effectively than unsealed concrete.

We understand that not everyone makes an effort to find answers to how to clean concrete patio and thereby we present ourselves for any assistance. You can fall upon us for professional consultancy and guidance over cleaning your outdoor concrete patios.

Understanding the A to Z of Epoxy Resin

The term epoxy has been widely adapted for many uses beyond fiber reinforced polymer composites. Today, epoxy adhesives are sold in local hardware stores, and epoxy resin is used as the binder in countertops or coatings for floors. The myriad of uses for epoxy continues to expand, and variants of epoxies are constantly being developed to fit the industries and products they are used in. Here are some things that epoxy resin is used in:

  • General purpose adhesives
  • As the binder in cement and mortars
  • Rigid foams
  • Non-skid coatings
  • Solidifying sandy surfaces in oil drilling
  • Industrial coatings
  • Potting and encapsulating media
  • Fiber reinforced plastics

Epoxy is thermosetting. That means that it cures depending on the surrounding temperature. Once epoxy is cured, it cannot be uncured. Epoxy is an epoxide, which simply means that it’s more reactive to other chemicals. A polyepoxide such as epoxy is made up of unreacted epoxide. This basically means that pure epoxy is extremely susceptible to reactions with other chemicals. The other chemical in the case of epoxy is a hardening or curing agent which works to cure it into a very strong adhesive.

Epoxies are created through reacting an epoxy resin and a hardener or simply by reacting the resins themselves. The vast majority of epoxy resins are themselves an industrial product which are derived from petroleum and are also the result of an epoxide reactive process. All depending on the type of reaction that was used to produce them, cured epoxy resins can either be like honey, or something much more viscous. Their actual molecular weight will determine the uses that you can get out of them.

Epoxy resins are very stable at room temperature and only cure when reacting with some kind of curing agent. Epoxies are the most common coating that’s used in the field of wastewater. These are based on reactions which are made with still further reactions. We will now take a look at the different types of epoxy that are out there.

Uses of Epoxy Resin:

 

  • One of the most common uses of epoxy resin is for adhesive purposes. That’s because the strong-properties of the epoxy allow for structural and engineering adhesives. Commonly, epoxy resin is used in the construction of vehicles, snowboards, aircrafts and bicycles.

 

  • Placing an important part in the electronics industry, epoxy resin is used in the production of insulators, motors, transformers and generators.

 

  • Epoxy Resin for Painting Known as powder coatings, epoxy paint is found on many household goods like dryers, washers, stoves and similar white goods.

 

  • Epoxy is also known for its corrosion prevention properties, making it an ideal solution to many household objects which may normally rust with time.

 

  • Epoxy Resin have strong adhesive properties, many consumers use epoxy resin for the repair and maintenance of their household objects. Fragile items like glass, ceramic and china can be fixed quickly with an epoxy resin, helping secure broken or snapped items to the original piece.
All That You Should Know About Hand Angle Grinders

All That You Should Know About Hand Angle Grinders

What are Hand Angle Grinders?

Hand Angle Grinder is a handheld power tool which is used for different purposes such as cutting, grinding and polishing. This tool can be powered in multiple methods like; it can be an electric motor, petrol engine or compressed air. Also known as side grinder, this tool is used with large variety of cutters and attachments due to the availability of an interchangeable power source.

As the name suggests, the motor drives a geared head at a right-angle where a disc (abrasive disc or a thinner cut-off disc) is mounted. The characteristic to be able to handle different discs and accessories makes it a versatile tool. Generally, a Hand Angle Grinder has an adjustable guard and a side-handle which is suitable for two-handed operations.

What is Hand Angle Grinders Used for?

  • Cutting and grinding iron, steel and other metals, bricks and stones, rusted bolts etc.
  • Cutting up stuff for disposal in the trash
  • Sharpening blades
  • Metalworking and construction
  • Emergency rescues
  • Metal cleaning- stripping, cleaning and deburring tasks.
  • Restoring edges on rough tools like hoes

These are generally used in workshops, service garages and auto body repair shops. Construction workers and contractors generally use them for their respective purposes. These are also priceless while using in home workshops and around the house, with innumerable uses for DIY and crafts.

Hand Angle Grinders are a powerful and useful tool. However, if not used carefully, they can be dangerous. There are some safety precautions to use this tool with safety such as the safety clothing should be worn while using it, the condition of the grinder should be checked before its usage, right disc should be chosen for the job, and then the grinder should be used correctly.