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Concrete Maintenance Programs

Concrete Polishing Maintenance Program Schedule

School Maintenance Program

Products: Floors have been densified and polished with Consolideck® Ls and with the Protective Treatment, Consolideck® LsGuard.

Concrete Floors: Polished concrete floors contain reactive sites even after the initial densifying and polishing. A chemical reaction occurs when the densifier comes in contact with calcium hydroxide produced during the concrete hydration process migrating to the surface of the slab. These sites remain ready for exposure even after densifying and polishing. When the surface is scratched during normal foot traffic from rocks embedded in shoes new reactive sites are exposed. We recommend a cleaner be used that includes silicates to react with those sites. Consolideck® LsKlean™ was developed with a lithium silicate along with neutral cleaners. LKlean Super Concentrate was developed taking the water out, but is the same product.

Evaluating the Floor Area and Create Cleaning Zones: Not all floors experience the same exposure. Traffic across in different areas of the building will lead to different exposure rates. Some areas will require a higher degree of cleaning and certain times of the year because of climate conditions can affect the cleaning cycle. We recommend that meet owner's expectations, not only on maintenance cost, but specifically surface specular gloss levels the floor be broken into cleaning zones. Individual areas are impacted differently. Obviously the entry/exit and multi-purpose areas need attention daily, but other areas will not require the same degree of attention. Finding a method to analysis the facility will go a long way in managing costs.

Daily Cleaning: This needs to be a step by step program explaining dusting, sweeping, how to treat the floor etc. and needs to be tied to the Cleaning Zones.

Supervisory Inspections: All facilities face varying activity and therefore, require adjustments to any schedule. We recommend supervisory personnel walk area to confirm activity and abrasion on the floor are normal. If additional activity or abrasion is noted additional corrective actions should be taken. Areas such as; cafeteria, entries, etc. where issues may be developed should be paid close attention.

Quarterly - Surface Evaluation and Burnishing

Spill Mitigation

Note: Prepare Spill Kits to have available in area where spills, standing water etc. are expected. We recommend a Log Book be maintained to insure communication to other maintenance staff. His would involve notification if additional work required to protect the floor.

Equipment

  • Spill Kit – Janitor Closet
  • 2 Clean mops and 2 mop heads
  • 1 mop bucket
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels or other absorbent material
  • Gloves
  • Dust Pan
  • Hand Broom
  • LsKlean diluted in spray bottle

Spill Kit – Entry or cafeteria locations

  • Mops and buckets diluted LsKlean
  • Paper towels or absorbent material
  • Trash bags
  • Gloves
  • LsKlean diluted in spray bottle

Spill Removal

  • Maximum time spill should be allowed n floor is thirty (3) minutes
  • Remove spill by absorbing wit absorbent material or blotting with a rag DO NOT MOP
  • Dispose of absorbing material or rag properly
  • After removing wet mop area with LsKlean dilution

Weekly or Twice Week Cleaning

Note: The need to clean the floor is required to prevent abrasive material, i.e., dust, dirt, rocks, etc. from abrading the surface. The use of the cleaner without wax is required to prevent buildup and the need for removal.

Equipment

  • Auto - scrubber & soft pads or brushes
  • Wet Mops, pail and ringer
  • Microfiber dust mops

Product

  • Cleaner, Consolideck® LsKlean or LsKlean Super Concentrate in packs

Mixing

  • Daily cleaning - dilute cleaner
    LsKlean at 4 oz. per 2-gallon water
    LsKlean Super Concentrate at 4 oz. packs per 10-gallons water
  • Heavy cleaning
    LsKlean at 4 oz. per gallon
    LsKlean Super Concentrate @ 4 oz. packs per 5-gallon

Dust Mopping

  • Recommend multiple times per day to remove dust and abrasive material. Select times after traffic or activity times to schedule dusting

Auto-Scrubbing

  • Recommend the use of auto-scrubber
  • Medium down pressure
  • Dispensing cleaner solution, recommend 800 square feet per gallon
    Too much water creates excess suds
    For heavily soiled areas increase water flow
    Ad urinal block in recovery tank to reduce suds

Wet Mopping

  • Mopping with diluted LsKlean
  • Do not leave excess water on floor

Post Equipment Maintenance (when cleaning is complete)

Burnishing - Weekly or Monthly

Note: The Protective Treatment Consolideck® LsGuard is a breathable acrylic polymer. It protects the floor from abrasion and provides open time to mitigate spills. As stated it is breathable and will allow the concrete below to wet out, but moisture will breathe out and the concrete wet spot will disappear. We recommend using a Horiba Gloss Checker IG-331 or similar devise to monitor the floor abrasion. Areas that begin to lose gloss are a result of excess abrasion. If gloss levels fall below 10% of the standard then burnishing may be required. We would recommend records be kept for the first year to evaluate necessary frequency of this procedure. We would recommend that otherwise it should be done monthly.

Equipment

  • Electric or propane burnisher with head speed minimum 2,000 rpm
  • Burnishing pad, Consolideck® HEAT Burnishing pad
  • Gloss Checker, Horiba IG-331
  • Infrared thermometer

Burnishing Application

  • Use infra red thermometer to check floor temperature before and after burnishing
  • Polymer GFT (Glass Film Temperature) must reach 91.5◦F to set polymer. This temperature requirements instantaneous and does not require to be held for long periods of time. Temperature is achieved through burnisher rpm, beginning floor temperature, speed across floor and pad
  • Burnish in surface in two passes perpendicular to each other

Protective Treatment Spiff Coat - Quarterly

Note: The Protective Treatment, Consolideck® LsGuard may be required to be reapplied because of abrasion on the floor. If only a select area requires attention then apply Spiff Coat in that area and burnish entire floor. Gloss level or sheen will blend in on all surfaces. It is not necessary to apply to entire area. The entire area should be coated annually.

Equipment

  • Electric or propane burnisher with head speed minimum 2,000 rpm
  • Burnishing pad, Consolideck® HAT Burnishing pad
  • Gloss Checker, Horiba IG-331
  • Infrared thermometer
  • Pump-up or electric sprayer
  • .5 GPM tip
  • Microfiber applicator and wet pad (blue and white stripe)

Material - Protective Treatment

  • Consolideck® LsGuard

Spiff Coat Applications

  • Mixing: Diluted LsGuard 50/50 with clean water
  • Begin application after floor has been dust mopped and cleaned with auto-scrubber, DO NOT APPLY TO DIRTY FLOOR
  • Place diluted material in pump-up sprayer
  • Pre-wet microfiber wet pad with material
  • Spray a fine stream across floor, then using pre-wet pad to spread material out till material streaks. Apply another stream into streaked area and repeat procedure. "Thin to win" achieving 1,500 – 2,000 square feet per gallon is recommended
  • Allow material to dry
  • Using burnisher with HEAT pad immediately burnish
    Do not let material sit on floor for longer than thirty (3) minutes
    Do not apply and let sit overnight or during breaks longer than time period referenced previously
  • Confirm heat on floor
    Use infra red thermometer and confirm floor temperature before burnishing
    Burnished area behind pad must reach in excess of 91.5◦F.
  • Make two (2) passes perpendicular to each other
  • Repeat process for second application if necessary
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  • Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • Phone: (505) 839-1700
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