Have You Considered the Benefits of an Ermator Extraction System?

It may be easy to forget the importance of vacuums, dust extractors and pre-separators within the surface preparation context, especially when overshadowed by grinders and polishers. However, extraction systems are important, not simply as an afterthought. A large industrial vacuum manufacturer in the industry is Ermator – “the world’s leading innovator in the design and manufacture of HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers that dramatically improve worker health and safety” (Courtesy of Ermator USA).

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The industrial vacuum industry boasts many innovations, and Ermator has led the way. Its HEPA dust extraction system exceeds environmental and safety standards and benefits other industries significantly – construction, abatement and restoration. Additional innovations within the industry include:

  • Longopac system for dust-free bag changes
  • Jet Pulse filter cleaning
  • Power outlet with automatic on/off
  • Drop-down disposal
  • Sound alarm for clogged or broken HEPA filters
  • Proactive maintenance features like manometers and hour meters

HEPA extractors fit any grinder, electric saw, jackhammer or drill to eliminate dust and dirt as you prep your floors, meaning less handling and hauling after the fact.  In this regard, the HEPA Extractor System complements grinding and polishing by improving surface preparation, saving time and money and increasing compatibility. Major benefits of using an extractor alongside a grinder or polisher include:

  • Maximizing grinder performance
  • Increasing surface visibility
  • Increasing life of diamonds and other abrasives
  • Less dust contamination between cuts
  • Fast, high volume recovery of dust without clogging and interruption
  • Easy and efficient filter cleaning
  • Compatible with all diamond surface grinders
  • Compatible with sanders, scarifiers, hand power saws and drills

For your next industrial floor application, consider a HEPA extraction system from Ermator to clean up dust and dirt while you polish or grind. Not only will this keep your work environment safe and efficient, but it will keep your floors shiny and clean. If you would like to know more about the Ermator products we offer, click here. And for your chance to win a free Ermator S50 vacuum, register here.

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The 6 Step Process for Painting Your Concrete Floor

Industrial floors, parking lots, garages, and other concrete surfaces require painting. However, painting is not just to lend freshness to the premises. In fact, it may be necessary to demarcate parking lots, post warning signs or instructions or color code different areas for operational requirements, to name a few, which can be achieved through painting.

However, painting concrete floors is not simply a matter of taking up paint and applying paint with a brush. Concrete has special characteristics that require special treatment. For a long-lasting and effective job it has to be done in a systematic and professional manner.

Tools and Materials RequiredConcrete Paint

  • Paint: For best results, use hybrid organic or organic nano-lithium paint that comes with high solids and lithium-silicate water-based formulation that ensures high performance. This not only gives a strong matte finish, but also contributes to protecting the floor effectively.
  • Primer: If you don’t prime then you run the risk of the paint peeling, especially since garage floors are so smooth.
  • Concrete cleaner: Solution that will remove extra-tough dirt and grime from asphalt, glazed or unglazed ceramic tile and concrete
  • Concrete sealer: When the concrete floor has a stain applied, it is important to seal the floor to preserve the color.
  • Water: Use water as the final rinse after using the cleaner.
  • Paintbrush roller or pump sprayer: Optional equipment to apply paint to concrete floor.

The Concrete Floor Painting Process

  1. Clean the floor thoroughly: Use a vacuum to suck out dust and debris. Painting atop dust and debris will erode large chunks of the paint away from the surface very quickly.
  2. Apply concrete cleaner: Use a concrete cleaner to clean the floor. Wet the floor, apply the concrete cleaner solution and rinse it away with more water. Allow the floor to dry.
  3. Apply concrete sealer: Using a paintbrush roller, apply two to three coats of concrete sealer to prevent moisture seepage through the floor. Moisture can ruin the paint job. Make sure that the sealer cures thoroughly before applying a fresh layer. This can take many days.
  4. Apply concrete primer: Once the surface is dry, apply concrete primer using the paintbrush roller. Apply the primer in even strokes, especially filling any small gaps or voids in the floor to ensure a smooth appearance.
  5. Apply the paint: Paint the surface as required, using a paintbrush roller or pump sprayer. For special markings and words, either place the stencil cutting on the floor and spray above the cutting, or simply use a paintbrush to paint the required text or sign.
  6. Apply multiple coats: When applying multiple coats, let the paint dry for about 24 hours between coats.

This is a DIY task, and can be done well, once you understand the process involved, and make sure to be well prepared before starting the task. A little preparation, the right tools, care, and patience will ensure you do a perfect paint job.

Replace Your Flooring in 5 Easy Steps

Floors deteriorate with age, to the extent that at times, the best option would be to break down the existing flooring and re-lay the floor. New floors lend a spark of elegance to a space and make maintenance easy. However, it is not necessary to spend a small fortune hiring professional help to remove floor tiles. The task is easily doable as a DIY project. However, it can become a mess unless done systematically and professionally.

Tools Required:Floor Scraper

  • Floor Removing Machine (Power Scraper) – A power scraper has a wide blade mounted on two wheels, and comes in two types: the walk-behind type and the self-propelled type. Both pry up the tiles as they move.
  • Ride-On Power Scraper – This type of scraper is required, only when working on very large surfaces, which need heavy-duty work.
  • Electric Walk-Behind Scraper – Electric walk-behind scrapers are great for removing tiles.
  • Manual Walk-Behind Scraper – The manual walk-behind scraper is useful when removing vinyl.
  • Hand Held Scraper – This should preferably be mounted on a long pole

Process:

  1. Clean the area: Remove all objects from the floor
  2. Set the machine: Make sure that the floor removal machine has the correct blade in place, as per the instructions that come with the machine
  3. Run the machine: Run the power scraper over the required area, starting from the point where another type of flooring meets the flooring to be removed, or from one corner. Run the scraper in strips.
  4. Finish the job: Loosen the remaining tiles, especially at corners with a handheld scraper. Since this is manual work, mounting the handheld scraper to a long pole makes the task easy. If the handheld scraper does not suffice, a pry bar may be required.
  5. Remove debris: Cart away the big chunks and either vacuum or sweep away the small shards of tiles that remain.

The process generates immense amount of dust. So make sure to seal off the room and cover up any curtains, wall paintings or other installations in the room. Wear protective clothing, including leather gloves, eye protection, ear protection, and knee pads. Ensure that the flooring does not have asbestos. Inhaling asbestos dust can be fatal.

Floor removal machines are perfect for removing any type of bonded flooring including commercial carpet, vinyl, VCT, rubber, sport surfaces, ceramic tile, and glue down hardwood.

Getting to Know Husqvarna’s Dual Drive Technology™

When you hear “Husqvarna Dual Drive Technology™,” it may create excitement or apprehension, depending on your level of adeptness. Although making sense of this unique system may at first seem overwhelming, mastering your understanding will improve both production and performance. Thus, learning the intricate ins and outs can help you to best utilize your Husqvarna floor grinder, so pay attention!

The Essence of Dual Drive Technology

To begin, you should first know that this system comes standard only on models PG 820 and PG 680. Now, the key to understanding the Dual Drive system is that it provides versatility of movement, by allowing the operator to control the speed and direction of either the planetary head or the discs. This results in unlimited speed and directional combinations. For instance, the grinding discs can function in the same direction rotation or counter rotation.

Husqvarna Dual Drive Technology

The Unparalleled Benefits

Beyond this primary benefit however, there are other appealing advantages:

  • Allows grinding optimization for any application
  • Same direction rotation creates more friction on diamond tools – i.e. wider grinding width and higher productivity
  • Opposite rotation creates less friction on diamond tools – i.e. less powerful grinding and easier handling

Application Optimiziation

With these in mind, there are certain applications that are most ideal based on the setting you choose. This may not be surprising, but almost all applications can be applied using same direction rotation, and they are as follows:

  • Epoxy coating removal
  • Ceramic tile adhesive removal
  • Rain-damaged slab rectification
  • Flattening of uneven floors
  • Aggressive grinding of floor surfaces
  • Removal of thick contact adhesive
  • Lippage removal (stone and terrazzo tiles)
  • Resin bond diamonds, concrete
  • Resin bond diamonds, stone

However, counter-rotation also has specific applications it is well-suited for, including lippage removal, re-grouting of concrete floors (for Hiperfloor™ System) and both concrete and stone resin bonds. In addition, disc speed and planetary speed determine which applications can be best optimized. Refer to the chart below for those specifications:

Dual Drive Application Optimization

After delving into the essence of Husqvarna Dual Drive Technology™, the benefits, and application optimization, this complex but rewarding system should be clearer. This Husqvarna technology not only sets it apart, but it allows you – the user – to experience unparalleled control, power and a multi-functional range of applications. Begin putting your newfound knowledge to use now and you will see an increase in productivity and performance.

If you would like to learn even more about Husqvarna’s Dual Drive system, along with other Husqvarna products and applications, consider attending our 2-Day Husqvarna Training Class coming up October 16th and 17th. Reserve your spot here.

A Quick Guide to Concrete Polishing

Be it homes or work spaces, we like smooth, clean surfaces that are polished and well-maintained. Flooring options are aplenty in the industry—marble, granite, wooden, tiles, etc. In recent times, polished concrete has been gaining popularity as a preferred material for flooring.

Advantages of Polished Concrete:Floor Burnisher

  • Durable and Classy – Polished concrete is one of the most durable flooring options, and provides a classy and glossy look to floors and surfaces.
  • Requires no Waxing – The high point of polished concrete is that it is a no-waxing option. Polished concrete surfaces do not require waxing or coating processes, making them a prime choice in large spaces like commercial buildings, warehouses and so on.
  • Allows for Creativity – Concrete polishing is an art in itself. It is a multi-level process and this allows you to create a range of textures and finishes using the different levels or processes of concrete polishing.
  • Customizable – Concrete polishing gives you the ability to customize it to your desire. While other materials like granite, marble, etc come in pre-designed patterns, concrete can be customized, to an extent, using your creativity and adjusting the level of polishing.
  • Polishing Method – Concrete polishing is a simple process, something similar to sanding wood.

Different Things To Do With Polished Concrete:

  • Choose the Shine you Want – One can go totally high-gloss or opt for a slightly subdued satin shine by simply controlling the concrete polishing level.
  • Customize for Each Space – The advantage is that while you can use polished concrete across the entire house or building, you can still add character and definition to each space by adjusting the look and shine.
  • Add Patterns and Designs – You can add drama or style to the surfaces by giving it patterns and designs. Before polishing, you can create patterns on the concrete with saw cuts or embed objects into it to give it a unique design. There you get stylish, customized flooring—designed by you!

Polishing Equipment:

  • Polishing Machines – Advanced, heavy polishing machines (also called floor burnishers) are used to grind the concrete surface till it acquires a shiny, mirror-like look. The sturdy polishing equipment comes fitted with grinding grits and polishing pads. The machine is run across the concrete surface till you get the desired look.
  • How They Work – These coarse diamond fittings smoothen out blemishes and stains in minutes, giving the floor a silky smooth finish. Diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix are then used for fine grinding the surface till it gives you the required shine.

Concrete Polishing Methods:

  • Dry Polishing – This is the more commonly used method as it is faster, environment-friendly and more convenient.
  • Wet Polishing -This tends to leave behind a lot of mess, which is hard to dispose. In large areas, many people opt for a combination of wet and dry polishing for the different levels of concrete polishing.

Whatever be the method of concrete polishing, and whatever be the design in mind, make sure you get good quality polishing equipment with appropriate attachments. Check out the options available and choose wisely.

How to Restore Concrete Factory Floors

Concrete floors in industrial settings and garages are subjected to abuse. Below are some examples of how concrete floors can break down.concrete polishing

  • Traffic: A great number of people treading on it can cause damage to the surface.
  • Objects: Heavy objects, thrown or dropped on the floor cause it to chip and crack.
  • Contamination: Chemicals and other spills contaminate it and may even weaken the structure.
  • Bad Construction: At times, faulty construction or curing may mean that the concrete floor is damaged at the onset itself and would require restoration.

Restoring Concrete Factory Floors

It is not necessary to spend a fortune on reconstructing a concrete floor. With the use of the right equipment and restoration products, it is possible to rejuvenate the floor to as good as new.

Tools Needed

To restore concrete floors, you will need a pressure washer, concrete cleaner, a push broom, a floor squeegee, a concrete floor grinder with dust shroud and concrete floor patch filler.

Process

  1. Remove Protruding Objects: Chip the surface of the concrete -his is to remove any high material that protrudes from the overall level.
  2. Level the Surface: Grind the surface using a suitable concrete grinding machine. Opt for the concrete profiling method which leaves deep scratches in the concrete,allowing leveling products and adhesive to have a good grip. Also use the grinder with a dust shroud to prevent the hall or room from being filled with dust.
  3. Clean the Floor: Use a concrete cleaner and water to clean the floor. Use a pressure washer to remove any loose concrete, debris, algae, paint or mildew.
  4. Fill in Low Spots: Use a concrete floor patch filler to fill in the low spots. Make sure the area is wet or damp. Apply with a putty knife. Level this new concrete to its edges for a smooth finish and leave it for about ten minutes.
  5. Level the Surface Out After Filling the Low Spots: Once the concrete is hardened slightly take a steel finishing trough to remove excess mortar and clean the surface.
  6. Resurface the Entire Surface: You can do this with concrete resurfacer material using a squeegee.

Choose high quality materials that suit the external temperature and the nature of wear and tear expected for durability while carrying out concrete floor restoration.

[VIDEO] Keep Your Polished Floors Looking Shiny and New

Did you just finish a beautiful polished floor? How will your customer maintain this new floor? Polished concrete is known for its low maintenance and abrasion resistance. However, maintaining a polished floor does require special care to sustain its glossy appearance and prevent premature shine deterioration. Even the most durable finish requires proper maintenance.

This video will explain how your floors can retain their glossy brilliance in three easy steps:

  1. Restore: remove any existing sealers and coatings
  2. Protect: apply protectors and densifiers
  3. Maintain: rejuvenate and polish your floors to perfection

Are you not sure what cleaning products to use? The Runyon Surface Prep team’s expertise is abundant, with years of experience under their belts. They would love to be a resource and recommend the proper products for your customer’s facility. Request a custom poster here to see recommended products for keeping your flooring looking fabulous. Keep in mind, implementing a maintenance program is the best way to protect your investment!

RESTORE. PROTECT. MAINTAIN.