Cleaning Chemicals for Concrete Floors

No matter where you are your concrete takes a lot of abuse, including concrete pavements, parking lots and driveways. Oil, rust, graffiti and heavy foot traffic are common forms of abuse these foundations endure on a regular basis. Imagine spending your valuable time and money on renovations and home improvement and the end result still eventually end up stained. Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies a purposeful selection of concrete cleaning chemicals designed for these floor maintenance issues.

It’s extremely important to understand the extended variety of concrete cleaning chemicals that are specifically designed to remove contamination and available for you to use, because ultimately obtaining this useful knowledge will save you a lot of time, money and effort.

Types of Cleaners

  • Alkaline CleanersAlkaline degreaser have a very high efficiency in removing grease and oil from the affected area. These chemical cleaning products emulsify the oil, and with the help of hot water, it helps completely flush the oil away from the surface. These concrete degreasers are most often used to eradicate hydrocarbon based stains, grease and oil stains in concrete.  Alkaline cleaners typically come as concentrates and are diluted with water. Agitation or scrubbing is critical for the surface to completely absorb the chemical cleaner, and ultimately deliver maximized results. Apply the concrete cleaner at full strength when dealing with older or deeper or stains, and dilute the concrete cleaner for newer, less stubborn stains that haven’t penetrated the surface as seriously. Allow enough time for the chemical cleaner to fully absorb into the stained areas.
  • Acidic Cleaners – Stains, dirt, and contamination are soluble in an acidic solution. They are especially effective for removing efflorescence from concrete. Acids contain an active ingredient in which provides a ready-to-use, concentrated formula. They neutralize the concrete surface and can later be washed with water. After the application, apply scrubbing to ensure removing any stubborn stains.
  • PH-Neutral Cleaners – designed for removing stains from interior sealed concrete surfaces. They are typically concentrates that have to be diluted with water, depending on the level of cleaning required, or it can be saturated per the requirement, followed by scrubbing or light agitation. It can also be rinsed easily by water.
  • Enzymatic/Bacterial Cleaners – These are the newest types of concrete cleaners which use organic chemistry and active enzymes to attack, break down, and in some cases digest stains and contamination. These cleaners do not require water for activation, and therefore most of the times there is no residue left to wash away.

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 ‘Cleaning Chemicals for Concrete Floors’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

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Concrete Densifiers/ Chemical Floor Hardeners

Chemical floor densifiers/ hardeners are a ready to use, non-metallic, floor and surface hardeners based on organic and natural aggregates. It provides wear resistance to concrete surfaces, extending the service life for industrial, commercial and residential settings. The floors are rendered tough, wear resistant, dust free, physiologically harmless and above all durable with ease of maintenance. It provides the best scratch resistant protection to your concrete surface and is suitable for a variety of floors including warehouses, hangers, etc.

Concrete densifier/ hardener is a unique combination of selected cementitious binders modified by polymers (to impart the mix plasticity and high strength) blended with well-graded, natural hard aggregates. The grading is most critical and ensures maximum possible surface density for old or new concrete floors. The bond is absolutely incredible with its increased wear and impact resistance.

Advantages

  1. One of the greatest advantages of chemical floor hardeners are able to withstand almost all types of mechanical stresses such as rolling, sliding, percussion, impact, abrasion etc.
  2. Chemical floor hardeners are non-dusting, non-slip and anti skid even in cases of spillages. It’s also waterproof and provides high floor density, while requiring only minimum maintenance.
  3. Suitable for interior and exterior applications. Chemical floor hardeners are extremely economical flooring alternatives for homeowners or businesses that can’t afford pricy marble or granite floors but want the same brilliant, mirror-like finish.

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 ‘Concrete Densifiers/ Chemical Hardeners’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

Keeping it Clean with Residue Dust Shrouds

Usually, when we use angle grinders to cut or grind, the entire place ends up getting covered in dust, making the whole cleaning and maintenance ordeal seem like a never ending battle. Thankfully there are specialty tools and machines that help reduce dust, one in which is referred to as dust shrouds for angle grinders.

What is a Dust Shroud?

A dust shroud  is like a chamber that’s built around the abrasive, helping capture the dust particles that are being generated by construction; this being done with the assistance of a vacuum. Dust shrouds are supposed to seal around the base, however if the vacuum is turned on, it becomes suction-like which could lock the shroud, and that could be dangerous.

A dust shroud for angle grinders is ideally used by moving over the designated areas of dust that you’re aiming to collect. The process is simple, just switch it on, and move in or around the place where you want to begin. You will begin to see the concrete floor grinder cutting and the dust shroud efficiently removing the dust, leaving you with a floor that is smoothed and beautifully polished. The shroud is specifically designed so a vortex of the moving air removes almost 95% of the dust that’s being generated.

Advantages of Dust Shrouds

Contractors in the field and those whose profession uses dust shrouds for angle grinders for extraction of dust, dirt and debris get to take full advantage of the wonderful health benefits. Silicosis of the lungs can be reduced or prevented just by using a dust shroud.

Dust shrouds for angle grinders typically come in two sizes; 7″ and 4″ depending on the size of the angle grinder and are designed to work easily and efficiently, getting as close as  1/16th of an inch close to the wall, without having the need for a removable edge piece!

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 ‘Keeping It Clean with Residue Shrouds’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

How To Make Your Concrete Floors Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Whether it’s an existing concrete floor, indoors or outdoors, or new concrete, this type of flooring is favored for its simply beautiful appearance, and for some, the expectation of achieving a spectacular shine. By using innovative flooring equipment, reliable tooling and the proper supplies, while following the necessary steps, you will ultimately accomplish a lustrous, exquisite looking floor finish.

Surface Preparation

As always, surface preparation is a major key factor in any flooring project, especially concrete. The extent of your floor’s preparation will conclusively determine how fascinating the finished product will be.

  1. Concrete Hardness: Determining the degree of hardness in your concrete surface will assist you in figuring out which type of diamond to choose and what grit level is best suited for the concrete. The MOH Hardness Kit is the ideal tool to find out the hardness of the concrete.
  2. Concrete Cleaning: Typically any floor foundation like concrete will have pre-existing stains or dirt and grime that need to be cleaned away. Using a penetrating concrete cleaner or concrete degreaser is going to be the most suitable option to eliminate even the toughest stains.
  3. Concrete Repair: Cracks and holes must be repaired prior to the polishing process. Epoxy or concrete fillers (depending on which application you’re trying to achieve) will be used to improve the concrete’s structure. Allow to dry completely.
  4. Concrete Tooling: Your metal bond diamonds and concrete polishing pads will regulate how shiny your concrete surface will become. Each tool has a classified bond and grit level that gives it the ability to either grind away tough floor coatings and mastic, or polish the floor’s surface to a gleaming appearance.
  5. Concrete Polishing: You have to determine if you’ll need to perform wet or dry grinding procedures. The wet grinding process utilizes water to reduce friction and cool down the diamond abrasives, which ultimately extends the lifespan of your tooling. Also, it completely eliminates grinding dust. The dry grinding process requires no water, instead a dust extraction machine or industrial vacuum is used to eliminate the dust being produced. Dry grinding requires tough and reliable tooling to withstand the harsh conditions.
  6. Concrete Densifying & Sealing: Applying a concrete densifier/hardener will fill any pores in the concrete which increases surface density. Sealing the surface of the concrete with a concrete sealing agent will guarantee protection from periodic damage, corrosion, and stains.
  7. Concrete Maintenance: Potentially, concrete floors will collect dirt, dust, etc. (most flooring does eventually), however cleaning and maintenance is effortless and will fit into anybody’s busy schedule with the proper accessories. With the use of a floor scrubbing machine or a floor burnishing machine, and mild concrete cleaners, your floors are guaranteed to deliver an everlasting shine the will absolutely WOW your guests and keep you pleased and smiling for decades to come.

Professional Suggestions:

  • NO vinegar or ammonia used AT ALL!
  • High-speed burnishers with white curing pads for shining concrete.
  • We suggest sealing your concrete floors every 3 to 4 years.
  • Although doing it yourself is achievable, even when using our floor guides to assist you, if you still have doubts or concerns, please don’t be afraid to consider hiring a flooring professional. They can and will assist you in reaching your desired result.

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 Make Your Floor Shine Bright Like A Diamond’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

How To Clean Your Concrete Floors

Are you unsatisfied with the finish of your concrete floors? Are you wondering how to clean concrete floors, slabs or your countertops? Whether it be your patios, sidewalks, driveways or other floors, our professionals have the knowledge, experience and reliable products to bring your concrete floors back to life safely and naturally!

Concrete floors get dirty very easily, although they take up dirt very gradually, they need to be cleaned at regular intervals. Overtime, they collect a lot of grime from dirty, oily cars parked in driveways, heavy foot traffic, spilled grease, etc. Cleaning them periodically will help assist in their everlasting beauty and their extended life.

  1. First and foremost you must determine which tools and cleaners will be best suited for cleaning your particular type of concrete flooring. This is because different concrete needs a different cleaning procedures.
  2. Next, they prepare the area by sweeping loose debris off the floors by using a push broom and/or later dust mop (a soft cotton one). A vacuum could also be used to extract dust and debris from any driveways. A canvas cloth can be put on any plants or other ornament-like things laying around to avoid any permanent damages due to sprays.
  3. For indoors concrete such as an enclosed patio or garage, a mild cleaner is preferred. A mix of good old oxygen bleach in approximately five gallons of warm water is used. The solution is sprayed thoroughly over every section. It is required to wait for almost twenty minutes to let the bleach do its thing.
  4. The dirt that was actually beneath the layers is mopped with scrub or patio broom whilst rinsing and wringing the broom/ mop after every few minutes. The dirt is washed away with clean warm water to rinse any residue.
  5. Using concrete cleaning chemicals such as rejuvenating cleaners, stain protectors, and lithium densifiers cleans the concrete vigorously. To clean driveways of fresh motor oil spots, an old fashioned litter is spread over it and left overnight, the following morning the floors are swept off and rinsed thoroughly. A variety of commercial chemicals and solutions such as TSP and muriatic acid are used for getting rid of different types of stains.

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 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 Clean Your Concrete Floors’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

Concrete Floor Grinding and Polishing Machines

Concrete Machines: Their Purpose

Concrete floor grinding and polishing machines are ideal for renovating your concrete floors whether it be refinishing your home or business, or just trying to spruce up your office or shop floor, these concrete polishing and grinding machines are specially designed to revitalize your concrete.

Types of Concrete Polishers/ Grinders 

These pieces of flooring equipment are assembled in many sizes, ranging from lightweight machines (used for residential, small commercial purposes) to heavy duty machines (used for larger scale commercial and industrial purposes). Supplied by single phase or three phase power sources, these professional machines are built for the contractor and craftsmen to the highest standards and specifications on the market for grinding, polishing, and edging concrete surfaces.

Concrete floor grinders and polishers hold magnetic plates on the bottom of the machine that securely grip the concrete tooling necessary to prepare your concrete surface. The type of tooling that is typically used on the machines are metal bond diamonds, polishing pads, and wet grinding tools.

Advantages 

Some critics may argue that improving a floor’s appearance is a waste of time and money. However, polishing your floor has many benefits that not only increases its life, it also benefits personal health and hygiene and impresses your guests!

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

Operating Concrete Floor Polishers:

  • Lock the handle in an upright position, lay the machine back on a flat, hard surface.
  • Install the desired tooling and plates, reposition the machine upright, plug it in.
  • Lower and lock handle in a comfortable position, turn the machine on.
  • Begin polishing at the back wall then slowly move toward the center of the room.
  • Lower handle to go left, lift handle to go right. Let go of the handle to stop.
  • ALWAYS turn the machine off when finished, unplug it, remove and clean the heads
  • Rewind the power cord and safely put the machine away.

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 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 ‘Concrete Floor Grinding and Polishing Machines’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!

How To Clean A Concrete Patio

There are plenty of answers to the question at hand: ‘How To Clean A Concrete Patio’? Before the cleaning procedure has taken place, the fact that has to be taken into account is that no concrete patios can be treated equally.

Over a period of time, due to regular use of concrete flooring, grows a layer of grime and dirt, mildew or algae. The floors may have been ill-decorated with spills, oils, grease and other stains. Maintaining a concrete patio is essential for environmental hygiene thus it has to be cleaned periodically.

Routine Cleaning

In accordance to stains, spraying commercial chemicals such as degreasers or a mix of oxygen bleach or rust remover is doable. 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 your Concrete Patio

After the cleaning task is completed, the concrete is sealed and waterproofed for protection against attracting grime sooner than supposed to. Concrete sealers are applied evenly to the surface to make it able to resist water and left for at least 24 hours. Sealed floors are able to withstand extreme temperatures more effectively than unsealed 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 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 Clean A Concrete Patio’ or visit our website www.xtremepolishingsystems.com and browse our products today!