Verizon wanted to reduce their floor-maintenance costs in their facilities in Northeastern U.S. So the company ripped out the VCT floor topping and went with exposed concrete floors. That’s a lot greener, because reduced maintenance costs also mean a reduced waste stream, as in no more spent stripping chemicals, and no more periodic (after this one) sending large amounts of worn-out VCT to the landfill.
Joe Smith of Marblelife of Delaware Valley, Media, Pa., did the work in the office spaces shown here — Verizon’s place in West Norriton Township, Pa.
First, he opened the floor up by grinding it to a 200-grit finish. Then he hardened, densified and colored the floor with Consolideck ColorHard. ColorHard is a water-based pigment. You mix it with (also water-based) Consolideck LS (lithium silicate) Hardener-Densifier, 4 ounces to a gallon of LS. Then you coat the floor with it, with a pump-up sprayer and microfiber pad.
This stuff is so easy to use, I’m using it on a floor in my basement.
Anyway, after hardening, densifying and coloring, Joe buffed the heck out of the floor with a series of diamond impregnated pads. The harder and denser concrete is, the easier it buffs up.
Once Joe got a nice shine, he pump-up-sprayed a micro-thin coat of Consolideck LSGuard lithium-silicate protective treatment. He burnished the LSGuard with a propane burnisher at 3,000 rpm, using a Consolideck HEAT burnishing pad. At 3,000 rpm, friction from the HEAT pad brings the surface temperature to 92.5 F, which melds the LSGuard into the concrete pores for total adhesion and gloss.
Looks polished — but isn’t.
Here’s a hallway shot.
More later. And remember to pick up some litter or do something else “green” tomorrow — it’s Earth Day!