Have you ever heard the saying you may like sausage, but don’t want to see how its made? Well, that’s a common saying in epoxy flooring. The end product is very nice and durable, but the methods to make it look that way can be difficult. In this blog we will go over the sausage making process and show you how we get to the final product.
The first step in the prep process is the initial cleaning of the floor. This cleaning process is essential to getting the majority of dirt and grease off of the floor. In this process, we use our industrial scrubbers and cleaning solution to penetrate the dirt and grease separating them from the floor. Using hot water we wash all the dirt and grease down the drain.
The next step is vitally important to our end result. We call this the grinding phase. You see, a typical quarry tile floor is designed to not stain or absorb water. They have a glossy finish. The grinding process allows us to open up the surface of the tile creating a scares surface for the epoxy to bond. This bond creates a monolithic layer with the existing floor and ensures a long lasting bond between the two floors.
The grinders we use are all 10” hand grinders allowing us to get every nook and cranny in your kitchen. We attach those grinders to hepa-filter vacuums to help with not putting toxins in the air and ensuring there isn’t a dust bowl for the kitchen staff to clean upon their return. We also grind around all the drains and transitions (between new and existing floor) this ensures that the floor dives down into the drain and avoids what we call “the donuts effect” around the drain preventing water from draining down in it.
If you have read this far you may be asking how are you dealing with all the broken, cracked, and floating tiles in my kitchen. Well, I assure you that we take these tiles very seriously. During the grinding phase we typically recognize problems area when you roll the grinder over the tiles and a hollow sound appears. We usually then sound around that tile following the hollow sound to the end tile. and mark the area. After demoing up those loose and cracked tiles. We then fill those voids in with what we call “fill kits”. These are simply the same epoxy were using for the floor, but mixed with sand to lower the cost to you.
Hopefully this blog helped you understand the importance of prep work in an epoxy floor installation. Also, how we at Feature Flooring are attacking the projects with quarry tile floors. We use this same process for many of our projects. We have developed this process over a number of years and have spent the time and research trying to make it faster and better. If your not moving forward your standing still, and new technology is only making it easier and less of an excuse not to do well. If you wish to learn more please don’t hesitate to reach out.