Decorate Your Concrete Surfaces with Dyes and Stains


Decorative concrete flooring
 has completely ascended over the years. Homeowners and a multitude of businesses, big and small, have shown a keen interest in coloring their concrete surfaces. Your concrete floors provide you an opportunity to become creative and absolutely transform the surface of your floors to appeal any style or pattern that you may desire!

What Are Concrete Dyes/ Stains?

Concrete dyes and stains produce earth tone and vibrant colors on concrete and cementitious overlays. There are a few important factors to consider when you dye or stain your concrete floors. Some of these factors include determining the type of cement your coloring, selection of pigment, water content, mixing, and finishing techniques to achieve a beautifully decorated surface. Listed below are different types of decorative styles you can choose from for your concrete floors:

Stamped Concrete

  • This is an extremely popular flooring choice because the process consists of the concrete surface being patterned or textured, which ultimately provides you with your own individual style. Stamped concrete is able to resemble other building materials making it a less expensive alternative to those other authentic materialsStamped concrete is commonly used for patios, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks and even some interior flooring.

Acid Staining & Water-Based Staining

  • Acid staining is not a dyeing or pigment-base coloring system, but a chemical reaction. A mixture of water, mineral salts and a slight amount of muriatic acid is applied to the concrete surface. This chemical reaction creates earth tone colors on the concrete. Acid staining creates a variegated or mottled appearance that is unique to each slab. Water based stains are similar to acid based stains in the sense that one can still achieve a translucent look like acid. Some stains are able to achieve an opaque color and/or a translucent effect. The main difference is that acid stains react to the concrete and change the physical makeup of the concrete material, whereas water based stains are more of a “coating” that bonds with the concrete. There are many variations of water based stains that have come into the decorative concrete industry that perform in a number of different ways.

Dry-Shake Color Hardeners

  • Dry-Shake Hardeners are hand broadcasted on the concrete surface and come in a wider array of hues and integral colors, including various shades of blue and green. Because the color is concentrated on the surface, it tends to be more vibrant.

Integral Coloring

  • Another popular method for coloring concrete is integral coloring admixtures. These admixtures infuse the top layers of the concrete with rich, long-lasting, fade-resistant color. This layering of color is what enables them to replicate multi-tonal appearance of natural stone.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipmentchemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business ownerflooring subcontractorDIYercraftsmenartistexisting business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about ‘Decorating Your Concrete Surfaces with Dyes and Stains’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

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A Thorough Understanding of Chemical Floor Hardeners/ Densifiers

Concrete will become dull over time with the constant wear and tear. Removing and replacing the whole slab can be very time consuming and costly but luckily now it’s easier than ever to revive your concrete surfacesChemical floor densifying/ hardening agents are natural aggregates and organic concrete chemicals that hardens the surface of the floor providing wear resistance to concrete surfaces and extending the service life for industrial, commercial and residential settings.

What Are Chemical Floor Hardeners?

Chemical floor hardeners, also known as concrete densifiers, are a chemical based liquid substance that is applied to concrete floors to drastically increase surface density, fill any excess pores and enhance the shine of the surface.

This concrete floor hardener has a chemical reaction between calcium hydroxide and lime which is presented within the concrete to solidify the surface and create a sustainable floor surface that’s resistant to things like dirt, grime, stains etc. These inexpensive concrete hardeners/ densifiers have a very high demand in today’s concrete industry.

How Do You Apply Chemical Floor Hardeners/ Densifiers?

We recommend applying the chemical floor hardener after grinding your concrete slab with an 80 grit metal bonded diamond tool, you could wait to apply the chemical at a higher grit like 400 grit. First you must determine the degree of hardness in your concrete surface so you’ll be able to choose the proper toolinggrit level. The MOH Hardness Kit is the ideal tool to find out the hardness of the concrete.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipmentchemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business ownerflooring subcontractorDIYercraftsmenartistexisting business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about the ‘A Thorough Understanding of Chemical Floor Hardeners/ Densifiers’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.comand browse our products today!

How Safe is Polished Concrete Flooring?

Polished concrete is a highly popular flooring option for industrial factories, business establishments, school facilities and residential neighborhoods because concrete is a safe, low maintenance and eco-friendly building material.

Concrete flooring is a very solid foundation and substantially eliminates any need for excess flooring like carpet, tile, laminate or wood. Concrete floors are extremely solid foundations, which ultimately creates a safer environment. Concrete floors are slip resistant and beautiful in appearance when they are properly prepared and executed. Concrete flooring is considered one of the safest and one of the most highest ranked flooring options in the world.

The Coefficient of Friction (COF) tests the slip resistance for all accidents on any type of floor including commercial, industrial and residential surfaces. The higher the value of friction the less slippery the surface will be in these settings. However, when the measurements report too high then the surface can be too difficult to walk on. And the low friction measurements present a high risk for accidents.

Due to it’s low maintenance, concrete floors are undoubtedly the safer flooring option, especially because harsh chemicals are not required. Concrete cleaning chemicals are available for maintenance and cleaning purposes but these cleaning products are eco-friendly and safe to use in heavy traffic areas. Using concrete cleaning chemicals helps rejuvenate the concrete tremendously, plus maintenance is simple and easy to accomplish in your busy schedule.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipment, chemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business owner, flooring subcontractor, DIYer, craftsmen, artist, existing business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about ‘How Safe is Polished Concrete Flooring?’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

Using Concrete Dyes vs. Concrete Stains

Concrete is such a popular flooring option among businesses, warehouses, schools, hospitals, and residential spaces because of its low and easy maintenance and extreme durability.

Many people really enjoy the industrial and simplistic look of polished concrete flooring. However, if you do prefer adding a little character and individuality to your floors, a concrete dye or concrete stain can be added. This is an easy step to execute and will give your concrete slab a beautiful, luminous appearance that will leave you and your guests speechless. It’s extremely important to recognize the difference between the two because each final result is different than the other. 

What Are Concrete Dyes?

Concrete dyes transmit color by penetrating concrete or other porous cementitious surfaces. Concrete dyes are nonreactive and smaller in particle size compared to concrete stains or acrylic stains which allows for easier penetration and color saturation which ultimately leaves less residue on the surface, speeding up the application process. Concrete dyes are are basically permanent when being compared to a concrete stain.

What Are Concrete Stains?

Concrete stains are a bit more complex because they are generally broken down into three different categories; film-forming, penetrating and acid stains. Film-forming stains resemble paint because it simply coats or lays over the top of the concrete surface which will give an aesthetic appearance but ultimately damages your floors over a short period of time from exposure to chemicals, traffic, weather, etc. Penetrating stains are certainly a more permanent alternative because they penetrate into the pores of the concrete which bonds the stain the the surface. Acid stains are unique simply because they do not rely on color pigments to alter the decorative appearance of concrete, whereas they react with the minerals in the concrete which generates a beautifully etched natural looking surface.

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies a multitude of popular brand name concrete dye and concrete stain products, including Xtreme SeriesScofield Systems , Ameripolish  and Kemiko. These staining products will make your floor look expensive at an absolutely affordable cost.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipmentchemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business ownerflooring subcontractorDIYercraftsmenartistexisting business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about ‘When To Use Concrete Dye vs. Concrete Stain’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

What is the Coefficient of Friction?

When asking ‘What is Coefficient of Friction’ in the concrete polishing industry, understand that Coefficient of Friction (COF) tests the slip resistance for accidents on any type of floor including commercial, industrial, and residential surfaces. Slip resistance is ideal for business owners and homeowners who need to prevent slips and falls on polished surfaces. When the flooring foundation is properly installed and cleaned, the final result will provide a safe and durable surface made to withstand heavy traffic in both wet and dry conditions.

Static and Dynamic Coefficient of Friction

There are two types of Coefficient of Friction known as static and dynamic. When measuring friction from a resting position, it is called static coefficient of friction (SCOF), and the measurement of relative motion is called dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF). The measurements will discover the propensity for accidents on flooring in wet and dry conditions. The most important however, is testing the floor when in wet conditions with water or a lubricant because majority of slips and falls are on wet flooring.

Surface Testing Methods

Pendulum testers, tribometers and variable-angle ramps are some of testing methods used to test static and dynamic coefficient of friction. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines the pendulum tester the national standard for the slip resistance testing machines when testing dynamic and static Coefficient of Friction. The pendulum tester is also used the most worldwide as the pedestrian slip resistance test method.  The way this testing device works is it uses a piece of rubber to travel across the flooring for 124-126 mm while mounted onto a pendulum device. The BOT-3000E digital tribometer, also known as the “drag-sled meter,” is becoming a popular slip resistance tester for dynamic and static Coefficient of Friction. This test meter is also backed by ASTM. The tester crawls at a slow pace along the floor surface dragging a piece of rubber to measure the slip resistance while documenting the values for SCOF and DCOF. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) set the ranges to static and dynamic values.

The higher the value of friction the less slippery the surface will be in an industrial, commercial or residential setting. Low friction measurements present a high risk for accidents. Standard setting for ANSI  is >0.42  for dynamic friction and >.60 for static friction on polished surfaces to prevent slips and falls.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipment, chemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business owner, flooring subcontractor, DIYer, craftsmen, artist, existing business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about ‘What is the Coefficient of Friction?’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

3-n-1 Concrete Grinding, Polishing and Edging Machine

The best quality and lowest cost ‘3-n-1 Concrete Grinding, Polishing & Edging Machine’ on the market is the Concrete Genie Grinder, designed and manufactured by Xtreme Polishing Systems. The Concrete Genie is used to grind away imperfections, renovate and repair concrete flooring. It is specifically built for the professional contractor, to the highest standards and specifications on the market for grinding concrete.

Xtreme Polishing Systems understands the importance of having quality equipment and tooling to withstand all industry projects, big or small, while completely transforming your concrete floors. That is one of the many reasons why we designed a versatile and revolutionary machine like the Concrete Genie Grinder to prevent costly repairs while guaranteeing you ease of mind when working with concrete flooring. With a machine like the Concrete Genie, you’ll be granted the ability to efficiently grind and cut the concrete, open up the pores of the surface and ultimately give it an aesthetic and uniformed look.

What makes the Concrete Genie Grinder so unique in this ever-changing market? One very crucial reason is due to the machine’s unique magnetic plate system. It is designed to go ⅛ inch away from either side and the top of the machine. The morflex coupler system also gives enough flexibility to reach even the toughest spots on concrete flooring. Magnetic plates can be easily removed within seconds when they need to be replaced. Other cheaper versions of magnetic plates are available on the market but typically have more complications. Our selection of trapezoid tooling attaches directly to our magnetic plate system and are considered to be some of the tallest segments on the market. They measure 12mm x 12mm, cheaper traps will typically range from 7mm x 7mm to 10mm x 10mm. The magnetic plates are specially designed to work with virtually all brands on the market including PCDsgrinding metals and pucks and they are strong enough to run full speed.

The single phase, 220V Concrete Genie Grinder is so ideal for residential floors and even some small commercial projects. You simply plug the machine into any single phase power sources like your standard washer or dryer machine outlets, hot water heater outlet, or 30-amp breaker box. The Concrete Genie Grinder also comes with a one year, bumper to bumper warranty.

Some other distinct features of the Concrete Genie Grinder are the easy handles used for moving the machine around the jobsite. This machine also comes equipped with an electronic leveling device to determine when you’re leveled on the floor’s surface. The water tank holds 9 gallons of water, with the water control dispenser used to control the amount of water you need for the concrete. You can easily access and add more water to the machine.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipment, chemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business owner, flooring subcontractor, DIYer, craftsmen, artist, existing business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about the ‘3-n-1 Concrete Grinding, Polishing and Edging Machine’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

How To Transform Your Basement Into A Pleasant Common Room

There are a multitude of rooms in your home, however when you’re seeking a comfortable and pleasant common room you’re probably not thinking about your basement as being one of those choices. Typically, the words that are associated with a basement are words like dark, gloomy or “dungeon-like”, which doesn’t sound very pleasant at all. These neglected spaces can completely transform with just a few simple additions and with the proper planning, guidance and resources, Xtreme Polishing Systems will assist you every step of the way in converting your basement into a satisfying living space.

Beginning The Process

As given in any type of renovation procedure, the foundation is always the first and most important concern. Your floors set the tone for any room in your house or business so preparing the surface properly is a crucial matter to consider.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Every basement will variate in properties, so common additions include new walls, lighting, doors, heating ducts, etc. when converting your basement, of course only if you personally feel it’s necessary.

Choosing Floor Applications

Once the floor has been measured completely, it’s solely up to you make the final decision for the desired look of your common room. Fortunately for you there is a myriad of floor applications, both decorative and modern, to choose from. People tend to have their own original style so don’t be afraid of making mistakes, it could end up being the best mistake you ever made!

  • Polished Concrete – This flooring method is the most affordable, economical and modern looking solution that’s available to date. It provides a simple, yet beautiful appearance and is undoubtedly the easiest to maintain. View Guide >>
  • Epoxy Coatings – This flooring method is a binding, adhesive floor coating that not only delivers extreme reliability, it also provides a vibrant and decorative appearance once it is applied. View Guide >>
  • Polyaspartic/ Polyurea/ Urethanes – This flooring method is a chemically resistant, quick drying and exceptionally tough building material. They were specifically designed to completely seal and protect the surface of your concrete floors. View Guide >>

Preparing the Surface

Once you have made the ultimate decision on the preferred look for your floor, you will need to prepare the floor for application. Each method is slightly different than the last, so your surface preparation procedures can vary depending on which application one you chose. Follow our “Concrete Floor Guides” for assistance on how each of these applications are properly executed.

Resources, Guidance and Support

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies the industry with innovative and professional concrete polishing productsequipment, chemicals and much more. Our professionals are trained to deliver the guidance, customer service and reliable products that are fundamental when preparing and executing a concrete floor. Whether you’re a new business owner, flooring subcontractor, DIYer, craftsmen, artist, existing business or homeowner, our exquisite product selection and extensive industry experience will assist you every step of the way, from start to finish.

The experts at Xtreme Polishing Systems understand that concrete can variate in properties depending on each situation and thus have to be treated differently. We’re here to guide you in the proper direction, so feel free to call us at (877) 958-5732 with any questions about ‘How To Transform Your Basement Into A Pleasant Common Room’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!