Epoxy coatings and stains can transform concrete floors into
more homeowners and businesses are creating that warm, easy-to-live-in feeling
by taking advantage of their facilities' largest single surface, their floor.
They are using new materials, including artistic stains, to give their concrete
floors great individualized looks as well as the easy maintenance qualities of a
Class III laboratory.
example is provided by a project Durall Industrial Flooring undertook for
Engstrom Photography near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The goal of the flooring redevelopment work was to enhance the coffee house
atmosphere of the photo studio.
development began, Durall created a custom kit of materials tailored for this
specific project. The first step was to use Durall's adhesive remover to remove
the glue that remained from the carpeting and tile that formerly covered the
warehouse-type facility floor. Because cement is so porous, even floors that
look almost free of glue will yield great quantities of adhesive under the
leaching action of the chemical removers, preventing future interference with
the bonding of the new coatings.
high-alkaline cleaner was then applied using a rotary scrubber with a stiff nilo
grit type brush. The high-alkaline degreaser brings the pH of the floor up to
nearly 12 as it removes the leftover adhesive and contaminants. Following up
with another scrubbing using Dura Klean, an acidic cleaner with water softeners,
detergents, and rinse agents, shocks the floor with a pH of 3.5, thereby forcing
contaminants and vulnerable cement particles to release from the floor. The
acidic cleaner also opens the floor up, allowing the epoxy top coats to create a
strong, long-lasting bond. A final scrub rinse and drying left the floor ready
to accept repairs and artistic coloring.
The new look
for the studio floors was produced using black and red stains shot downward with
weed sprayers to give an alternating color look. Before staining began, masking
tape was used to simulate a grid pattern, holding stain off mock grout lines.
The pattern was laid diagonally across the floor to heighten dimension and
interest. Two people, two sprayers, two colors—but just one artist—as the red
was laid with the artist's eye and the helper followed, filling in unsprayed
areas with black. Once dry, the tape was removed and two top coats of clear,
flat catalyst epoxy were applied, leaving a soft, non-glare surface that is easy
to keep clean and lets light softly dissipate.
resulting floor brings together beautifully the grand wood, soft leather, and
natural greenery of a studio that is functional, easy to keep up, and
comfortable for those long hours of artistic development.
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