Concrete Finishing & Floor Polishing
Silicates for Flooring
Noble Silicates starting from high-end lithium based silicates to economical potassium & sodium silicates are usually used in various concrete and finishing applications. These silicates are used as floor hardener and polisher in industrial sheds, corporate buildings, warehouses etc. to reduce dust formation and increase the durability of the surface.
Application of silicates produces calcium-silicate-hydrate, which fills the pores to densify the concrete floors thereby decreasing the porosity and increasing the strength. Silicates can be applied to existing and new concrete surfaces.
As silicates are hydrophobic in nature, a thin coat on general masonry or unpainted plaster will work as a waterproofing treatment plaster.
Oleophobic characteristic of silicates protects the concrete from ill effects of grease & oil spillage in automobile workshops.
Adding potassium or sodium silicate to concrete admixtures accelerates the hydration and reduces the setting time. Construction of building foundations, underground tunnels and railroads are the biggest examples of usage of silicates.
For concrete floors, unlike epoxy’s & other coatings, different silicates like lithium, potassium, sodium or mixed silicate liquids have many attributes like :
- Easy application,
- Quick drying
- No maintenance
- Very Easy to clean