Cleaning & Sealing Concrete Driveways and Sidewalks

Ameripolish Strip & Clean Before and After

photos courtesy of Ameripolish

Summer is an ideal time to rejuvenate existing concrete sidewalks, driveways and patios that have been neglected and have had their appearance diminished by the accumulation of grime, mildew and oil stains. With a thorough cleaning and the application of the proper sealer, exposed exterior concrete can be made like new and can be an attractive part of the landscape for years to come.

Step 1. Cleaning

The first step in rejuvenating exterior concrete areas is to remove any existing sealers and the surface grime that has accumulated. Ameripolish Strip and Clean or Prosoco Cure and Seal Remover are great options for this product. Once any sealer remnants have been removed, a deep chemical clean to restore the clean aesthetic can be achieved with a treatment of Ameripolish EZ Etch or Prosoco SafEtch. These products are superior to traditional acid washes in that they require no neutralization and clean-up is as simple as flushing the treated area with water. If oil stains are present, they can be mitigated with the use of products such as Ameripolish Oil Ingester and/or Prosoco Oil and Grease Stain Remover at this point.

Step 2. Sealing

Once the concrete surface is clean and rejuvenated, an exterior grade sealer should be applied to protect the area from becoming degraded again. The sealer used should be UV stable, have resistance to mildew growth and salt damage, and protect against oil infiltration. Ameripolish X-Link and Prosoco GuardEXT are products that fit the bill nicely.

Cleaning and sealing exterior concrete such as driveways, sidewalks and patios is a quick, simple and cost-effective way to enhance curb appeal and the early summer is an ideal time to do it.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

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Adding Color to Existing Exterior Concrete

ColorJuice 3D Exterior Concrete

photos courtesy of Ameripolish

Adding color to existing exterior concrete is a great option to aesthetically enhance landscaping. However, to maximize the longevity and appearance, the correct coloring products, application techniques and protective sealers must be used.

Since exterior concrete is subject to UV radiation and open to the elements, a coloring product specifically designed to hold up to these factors in ways that interior-use dyes are not capable of is recommended. Prosoco ColorHard and Ameripolish ColorJuice 3D are two products that are UV stable and engineered for exposure to the elements. They both will provide years of beautiful color in exterior applications.

Proper preparation of the concrete to be colored is crucial for the successful application of both ColorHard and ColorJuice 3D. Prior to applying either of these products, any sealers that are present must be removed and the concrete substrate must be cleaned and free of debris. In addition, the use of a mild etching agent is recommended to dissolve latents and salts that may be blocking the access channels into the interior of the concrete. For ColorHard, a deep clean with SafEtch is ideal for this purpose; while for ColorJuice 3D, EZ Etch would be the best choice.

Once the color has been applied according to the manufacturer’s recommended process, It is very important to protect the concrete and its beautiful new hue with the proper sealer. For ColorJuice, one of the X-Link sealers should be applied and for ColorHard, GuardEXT is the product of choice.

With either the Ameripolish ColorJuice 3D system, or the Prosoco ColorHard system, existing exterior concrete can be aesthetically enhanced and protected for the long-term.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Slurry Processing System – Reduce, Remove & Reuse

Runyon Surface Prep’s Slurry Processing System simplifies the task of what to do with jobsite concrete mud when wet grinding.

The growing popularity of wet-polishing and the use of power trowel machines (that must be run wet) increases the need for an efficient and economical solution to slurry removal. More wet work is being done to reduce silica levels on job sites, increase safety and to meet the new OSHA Silica Standard. Runyon Surface Prep’s Slurry Processing System uses the innovative products from Slurry Solutions to facilitate the handling of concrete slurry. This system reduces the amount of waste material to discard, removes heavy metal contaminants, lowers pH and reuses the separated water back on the job.

Science Wins in the War on Slurry

The science behind Slurry Solutions products centers around separating suspended solids from the water. Adding the MudDog SlurrySep flocculant causes particles to clump together and settle to the bottom of the mixing bag. This treated waste-water is then filtered through a de-watering slurry bag  after which the treated-water can be pumped out for use or disposed of. SlurryDry is a polymer that, when added to the remaining slurry, coagulates the liquid into a dry solid. The resulting solid matter can now be safely disposed of in a landfill without worry of contaminating groundwater. Use Slurry Destroyer to aid in the clean-up and removal of concrete slurry from equipment. It turns hardened sludge into a soft substance for quicker removal. For more detailed step-by-step instructions, visit our website or review these photos documenting the use of Slurry Solutions products on a recent 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse project.

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Keep Toxins Out of the Ground and Water

Why all the anxiety over disposing of concrete mud? Besides avoiding hefty EPA fines, using outdated methods to dispose of slurry can be costly. Toxic materials such as glues, oils, mastic, fertilizers and solvents can be present in the concrete substrate you prep. Working wet does protect crews from breathing these carcinogens, but it does not eliminate them. Toxins leach into our oceans, rivers and water table. Letting slurry dry without removing contaminants only allows it to become airborne sediment. This residual dust clogs our waterways, causing $16 billion in damage each year.

Disposal of Slurry is Part of the Job

Planning on how to handle slurry is part of the project, not an afterthought. Incorporate it into your job plans from the start. Research different methods to eliminate concrete mud and make the decision that works for your company, crew and budget. Here are some suggestions on how to include plans for eliminating waste in your job preparations.

Ways to Effectively Manage Slurry Disposal

  • Review your slurry management and disposal plan early
  • Understand the EPA regulations as well as state and local laws
  • Inspect the original substrate for possible toxins
  • Determine how to collect and store slurry
  • Test the substrate for contaminants
  • Conduct periodic pH tests
  • Plan for accidental leaks or spills
  • Dispose of the slurry while adhering to EPA/state/local guidelines

RSP Slurry Processing System

Proper containment and disposal of concrete slurry is what every professional in our industry deals with under the watchful eye of the EPA. Turn this essential chore into an effective elimination strategy with Runyon’s Slurry Processing System and Slurry Solutions’ innovative products. The science behind this new technique makes discarding job site mud fast, easy and environmentally sound. It lets you focus on the project and less on how to manage the messy aftermath.

For the full look at the Runyon Trowel Systems, check out our Guide to Power Trowel Polishing booklet.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Strip-N-Scrub System Rejuvenates, Strips & Deep Cleans

Runyon Power Strip N' Scrub SystemRunyon Surface Prep’s Strip-N-Scrub System easily restores heavily soiled concrete or terrazzo floors when used on a power trowel machine. It can also be used to quickly and efficiently remove sealers, including cure and seals, from concrete

By using non-woven floor pads, this innovative system increases the functionality and versatility of your power trowel. The pads and drivers are simple to attach, easy to use and improve the versatility of an 8-foot power trowel machine. The system works for many types of applications (restoration, stripping and cleaning) and keeps your workflow progressing smoothly.

The Power Strip N’ Scrub System set-up for an 8-foot trowel machine includes:

Steel Float Pans Anchor This System

The two Kraft Tool ProForm float pans in this system are made of heavy-duty #10-gauge steel, providing strength and durability. The edges are beveled with a .125-inch rise to keep them from digging into the concrete. Each pan fits over five power trowel blades and is held securely in place by two clips. The two float pans have five velcro drivers to hold the applicator pads. You can extend their service life by rotating the steel float pans periodically.

Rejuvenate Polished Concrete & Terrazzo

The Power Strip N’ Scrub System expands a power trowel’s work potential from applications to restoration, stripping and maintenance. Light restoration / rejuvenation of a previously polished concrete or terrazzo floor only requires attaching diamond impregnated pads on each float pan. Using diamond impregnated pads in progressively finer grits in sequence will restore the refinement of a lightly worn previously polished substrate to a high aesthetic level.

Stripping Sealers (Including Cure and Seals)

Thoroughly removing a sealer from a concrete floor is a hassle without the right products. Using the Power Strip N’ Scrub System with  46-inch black stripping pad in conjunction with a chemical stripping agent, most sealers can be quickly and efficiently removed.

Scrub & Densify

You can also use a power trowel to scrub in a chemical hardener or densifier to a concrete floor. These reactive silicate/silicanate liquids chemically react with the calcium hydroxide present in the concrete, forming a harder, denser substrate that is more impact and abrasion resistant. Many densifiers require agitation during the application to properly penetrate and react and using a power trowel outfitted with black non-woven pads to provide this agitation is an extremely efficient method for this.

Deep Clean with a Power Trowel Machine

The 8-foot path of a power trowel machine creates an efficiency advantage when deep cleaning large areas. Paired with heavy-duty cleaners or de-greasers, the system quickly and capably clean the dirtiest of surfaces and provides deep-clean results every time.

RSP Power Strip N’ Scrub System

Maximize your team’s productivity with a versatile pad attachment kit like the Runyon Surface Prep Power Strip N’ Scrub system. It expands the scope of work your power trowel machine can accomplish. Keep your crew working efficiently and boost your completion rate by adding one of these systems to your trowel machine.

For the full look at the Runyon Trowel Systems, check out our Guide to Power Trowel Polishing booklet.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Magnetic Preload Attachments Get Ride-On Trowels Back to Work

Runyon Magnetic Preload SystemRunyon Surface Prep’s Magnetic Preload System allows for fast tooling changes, which means less downtime on the job.

A ride on power trowel is a game changer when it comes to productivity on large polishing jobs, however many of the methods used to attach diamond tools to the trowels require an inordinate amount of time to move from one grit to another, killing momentum with un-needed downtime.

With Runyon Surface Prep’s Magnetic Preload System, your production stays on track. This versatile system boosts efficiency by having a second set of tools prepped, ready and waiting. Switching from one grit to another happens in seconds. This system is not only ideal for power trowels; auto scrubbers and swing machines can also benefit from this innovative attachment system.

Easy Access to a Variety of Tools

The Magnetic Preload System allows for the fast and efficient changing of any 3″ velcro-backed tooling on a standard 14″ or 16″ pad driver. The system consists of a stainless steel ring that bolts to the pad driver and high density polymer tool holder rings with embedded magnets on one side and six recessed slots for 3″ velcro backed puck style tools on the other.

To change tools, simply pull off the polymer tool holder currently on the driver and slide a new, fully loaded polymer tool holder on. Alignment bosses on the stainless steel ring, with corresponding guide holes on the polymer rings make achieving a secure and proper placement automatic. Each setup comes with one stainless steel ring and two polymer tool holders, so you can always have your next step of tools loaded and ready to go

Consider pairing this system with the quality tools in the Runyon Surface Prep diamond tooling line (the RSP Q8 Turbo Tulips, RSP Copper Transitionals and RSP Wet Slick Resins) to maximize your production efforts.

Large Jobs Need a Ride-On Trowel Machine

A ride-on trowel machine is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment available. It finishes, as well as polishes floors. Using a power trowel can reduce labor by 75% while still covering up to 10,000 sq. ft. per hour per grit. The machine’s wet process eliminates airborne silica hazards, creating a safer work environment for your crew.

Wondering what type of ride-on trowel works well with the RSP Magnetic Preload System? The Multiquip HHXDF5 Dual Fuel Ride-On Trowel works seamlessly with it and possesses some very innovative features:

  • A Powerful 31hp Kubota Engine – A 4-cylinder dual-fuel (gas or propane) motor
  • Clam Shell Design – Allows for convenient access to serviceable parts
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) – Constantly adjusts the drive ratio to obtain torque and speed
  • Helical Gearbox – The industry’s most efficient, coolest-running and trouble-free design
  • LED Lighting – State of the art illumination for nighttime or indoor work
  • 12V Outlet – For charging cell phones
  • Spider Assemblies – Features long-lasting wear plates and spider hubs. Can be economically rebuilt if needed
  • Twin Pitch Control – Allows for simultaneous and individual pitch control of the rotors
  • Large 10-Gallon Gas Tank
  • Unit Holds 33.5 lbs. of Propane

For the full look at the Runyon Trowel Systems, check out our Guide to Power Trowel Polishing booklet.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

Mixing Station Best Practices for Your Next Polishable Overlay Project

Adding portable Hippo mixers and Pelican carts to your TRU concrete mixing station makes quick and easy work of your overlay application.

CTS TRU Mixing Station

Do you want to improve your productivity? Achieving the right configuration of mixing equipment and supplies is not always easy. Without the appropriate equipment in your arsenal, work slows down and it costs you money. Arranging the perfect mix station set-up eliminates the need for a large crew. It reduces your team’s extreme physical exertion and boosts productivity. Employees can mix, pour and polish concrete overlays in record time. Learn more about the most user-friendly and efficient system you need (in our expert opinion). Click here for the PDF Guide.

The Ideal Overlay Mixing Station Set-up (capable of producing 3,000 sqft/hr):

  • (4) CS Unitec Portamix Hippo mixers*
  • (3) CS Unitec Portamix Pelican carts*
  • (4) 1,000 lbs. capacity hydraulic carts
  • (2) 5 buckets*
  • (1) Midwest Rake gauge rake & cams*
  • (1) Pair of shoe-in blunt spiked shoes*
  • (2) Porcupine rollers* (1 for TRU and TRU Gray; 1 for TRU PC1)
  • (3) Bucket strainers* (for Pelican carts)
  • (1) 55 gal. drum or wheeled trash can
  • (4) Digital timers
  • Weatherstripping
  • Gorilla tape

(*Available through Runyon Surface Prep)

The Mighty Mega Hippo Mixer

With only one operator, a single CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo mixer handles up to six bags of CTS RapidSet® TRU self-leveling cement per load. It can manage 50-60 bags/hr and produces 750-900 sqft of overlayment. The easy-rolling, easy-tilt cradle can pour and spread at the same time, eliminating the need for multi-stage applications to achieve a thicker screed.

CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo Mixer

  • Ideal for polymer self-leveling products and engineered concrete
  • High torque, 15 amp 2-geared motor
  • Full brim capacity of 23 gallons/ 350 lbs of mix
  • Specially shaped bowl eliminates unmixed product
  • 9-inch diameter paddles produce consistent and thorough mixing
  • Liners are available to prevent cross-contamination and for easy clean-up
  • Use splatter lid and dust extraction port to create a cleaner, safer work environment
  • OSHA and personal PPE compliant
  • Accessories and different sized paddles are also available

Keep Mixing While the Pelicans Pour

Create an uninterrupted workflow by using your Mega Hippo mixers with a series of CS Unitec Portamix® Pelican Carts. While the Hippos mix, the Pelicans can transport and pour, eliminating the need for work stoppage. These welded-frame carts have heavy-duty casters capable of 360-degree maneuverability. Their large handle design allows for easy steering and accurate, controlled dispensing.

Little Downtime Keeps Customers Coming Back

Reduce your customer’s downtime by using a quick curing overlay material like CTS RapidSet® TRU. With a variety of self-leveling overlayments, RapidSet is designed to cure and set in 6-12 hours. Wait 24 hours before polishing. To assist with this process, check which CTS epoxy primer is needed for the overlay product, as well as the concrete application accessories (e.g. spiked shoes and porcupine rollers) needed for the job.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

The Importance of Personal Protective EquipmentIn a dozen plus years in the construction industry, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) many times. Minor incidents that could have resulted in catastrophic injury, but for the proper PPE being utilized, and serious injuries that could have been prevented or ameliorated had the proper PPE been used. While protective garments and equipment can be cumbersome and at times uncomfortable, and while jobsite PPE requirements can at times seem onerous or ridiculous, proper use of safety equipment can prevent life-altering, or even life-ending, injuries.

It needs to be pointed out that the two most important aspects to keeping oneself safe and whole are situational awareness and adherence to proper safe operating procedures. No amount of safety equipment can protect one if they are grossly inattentive or if they sacrifice safety for the sake of expediency. ‘Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.’

Statistics from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics highlight the importance of PPE, showing that:

  1. Hard hats were worn by only 16% of those workers who sustained head injuries, although two-fifths were required to wear them for certain tasks at specific locations
  2. Only 1% of approximately 770 workers suffering face injuries were wearing face protection
  3. Only 23% of the workers with foot injuries wore safety shoes or boots
  4. About 40% of the workers with eye injuries wore eye protective equipment

A majority of these workers were injured while performing their normal jobs at regular worksites.

For further information and sources, see the links below. Stay safe out there!

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.