Decorative concrete is a process of turning dull grey carpet into more vibrant, attractive floor

Carpet may seem like a logical choice when choosing a floor for a business. Although carpet does cut down on noise, it’s practicality for high traffic areas are just not up to par. Carpet must also be replaced every few years due to wear and tear. By ripping out the carpet and cleaning the concrete underneath it, the floor can become more useful for high traffic areas. The concrete itself will usually need to be cleaned and prepped for the application of decorative concrete. There are many different choices for commercial or industrial decorative floors. Some common choices are acid staining, epoxy floors and concrete overlays. Concrete contains lime which interacts with the acids, which in turn adds color. This way the stain cannot chip or scratch off. The resins are combined with hardeners during the application. Epoxy floors will seal and repel stains, water and other chemical spills. This is widely used in factories and industrial settings due to it’s strength, ability to repel spills and inability to create concrete dust. Epoxy floors can be made smooth or have a orange peel look. Concrete Overlays In Commercial SettingsWhen an existing concrete floor is used in commercial settings and has some chips, cracks or other defects, a concrete overlay may be the best solution. Concrete overlays can also be dyed certain colors to match the surrounding decor. There are many uses for decorative concrete in commercial or industrial settings. The options can also be exercised outside of buildings too for walkways, patios, driveways, sidewalks and entryways.

First and foremost there is one thing you need to understand when you are cleaning concrete and that is that concrete cannot always be restored to its virgin state after it has been stained. You can always get stains lighter or bleached but completely removing it is very difficult. Remember safety is always important when working with a pressure washer. Some times there are chemicals involved in cleaning some stains. Thus, you should always use some type of eye protection. Would a person rather work with dry feet or wet? It is recommended that you get rubber waders or some type of rubber boot. They will keep your feet from getting wet and keep them from getting burned by the 250 degree water. These help make people visually aware that you are there if you are in a high traffic area or where there are a lot of contract workers at say a newly constructed house that needs the concrete cleaned. Of course you are going to need a Hydro-Twister for this job. You can technically do the job with a wand but it will take a lot more time and water, not to mention you can cause streaking if you are not using even strokes across the slab of concrete. There my be only a 5 inch difference in surface coverage but it is well worth it when you are trying to save time without cutting corners. If you are not achieving this income level then you work too slowly or you did not bid correctly on the accounts you are taking. You need to have a work order form. This form should have an area for time it took to do the job, how many people were on the job, gas to get to the site and mileage to get to the site. Call them at 1-602-432-1308. You need to have an extra one hundred feet of pressure hose with you on the truck. More often than not you will have a job that requires more than 200 gallons of water or multiple jobs on a single day that will use more than 200 gallons of water. Plus, it is not worth the time to refill your water tank just do concrete. If you have a regular concrete cleaning customer you may just want to tell them you will use their water and you will decrease their bill by about fifty dollars a month to help cover their water bill. You need a push broom or hand brooms to help move lose dirt before starting the job. On larger jobs you may want to consider a blower, the type that are used for lawns. A flat-ended shovel is important to have if you have concrete that has spilled on the flat slab already or small rocks that have accumulated on the concrete. A very important item to have is some type of cover plate. This plate will be placed in front of doorways or floorboards when you are using the wands to get around the edges of the concrete. A lot of the competition does not make this additional effort when doing a job. This is what makes us the best because we care about the work that we do. There should also be a valve that is turned so the water is running from the black tank that now holds the external water that comes in. The inside of the tank can be fitted with a floater in it so water will not run over when you are not depressing the trigger and letting out water. To apply this chemical you can spray it with a metal hand held spray canister. If you use a sprayer that has plastic parts to it, the sprayer won’t last more then a one or two times before the parts melt and it is useless. If you are using it on colored concrete try a test patch first because this stuff bleaches and lightens so it might make it lighter than the original concrete. For removing oil or grease stains Simonize SC-260 can be used. To apply it you need to wet down the area to be treated first then spread a thin layer of it over the spot. Take a brush and agitate it to work it in. Be sure all the corners are swept well because this is the area where most lose dirt seems to end up. You never know who they have contacts with. Concrete is a great “filler” account if it happens to be raining. You can always do concrete in any type of weather and it pays very well for what you to do for the job. So remember, concrete work is always good to have.

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