1. What is a concrete hardener?
Otherwise known as a "liquid densifier",
the material is a proprietary blend of siliconate polymers which
penetrate concrete surfaces providing and increase in abrasion
resistance and a reduction in the surface absorption of liquids.
The product reacts with elements in the concrete surface to impart
a low sheen which enhances the appearance of the concrete surface.
As the sealer cures and dries out, the treated concrete will gradually
increase in tightness with a subsequent increase in gloss.
Features and benefits are:
- Reduced porosity and increased hardness of
the concrete surface.
- Resists penetration of oil and many chemicals
- Minimizes tire marks and and enables easier
tire mark removal
- Can be applied to fresh, new or existing concrete
- Low sheen enhances the appearance of concrete
Clean and Seal is a certified applicator of
2. What is an acrylic sealer?
An acrylic sealer is a copolymer that provides
a protective coating for interior and exterior concrete. It creates
an incredibly strong bond to concrete, forming an impervious film
that is resistant to the alkili from fresh cement, salt and many
construction stains. It seals the top surface of a floor making
it resistant to the penetration of dirt and staining materials.
Features and benefits are:
- Provides a transparent curing film for new
- Seals all concrete surfaces - old or new -
providing glossy appearance and easier clean-up
- Hardens new concrete by ensuring a proper
cure for improved abrasion resistance
- Dustproofs concrete with a tough durable film
Clean and Seal is a certified applicator for
acrylic concrete sealers.
3. What is an epoxy coating?
Epoxy is a high-performance coating system
designed to provide concrete surfaces with excellent wear resistance
in combination with protection againstchemicals. Typically, a
two-part system epoxy is excellent for interior concrete surfaces
and when used with a urethane finish coat provide the most durable,
attractive and chemical resistant surface available.
Urethane is an ideal topcoat offered in
a variety of colors and has a high-gloss finish for enhanced appearance.
The non-slick properties and gritty texture (optional) is ideal
for protection against slips and falls where pedestrian trafficis
Features and benefits are:
- Excellent resistance to abrasion and
- Hardens to a high-gloss finish
- Easy to apply with standard equipment
- Available in a variety of colors
- Can be applied as a non-slip floor finish
3. After applying a sealer how long will it be
before I can get back on the floor?
Dry time for acrylic and siliconate sealers are
anywhere from 2-6 hours - depending on environmental conditions.
Epoxy and urethane flooring products
require substantially longer dryng periods. 24
to 48 hours is usually recommended for most epoxy coatings with
the urethane topcoat able to support foot traffic in up to 24
4. It seems straightforward
I do this myself?
Of course, it is possible to do these types of
projects yourself. However, experience and expertise is a valuable
commodity which can ultimately save you time, money and more importantly
your sanity! Not only can time and money be wasted on a job for
retail cost but it is likely that it will cost just as much to
have a professional clean-up or re-apply. Not to mention the cost
of equipment rental.
So, if you are debating on whether or not your
project is worth your time, money and sweat please contact us
or request a bid so you can be
informed on the details of your endeavor.
5. Ive got an old concrete floor that needs
work. Where do I start?
Start by requesting
a bid and describing to us your specific situation and what
your desired result. Every surface is different and may require
much more prep work or material than initially thought. Many times,
especially on older unsealed floors, surface renovations could
involve several layers of epoxy and urethane that are not visible
to the eye or oil and other contaminants that are detrimental
to the long-term durability and integrity of the floor.
Therefore, it is recommended that you contact
us for an on-site evaluation of your floor to determine the next
6. Where is stained concrete an option?
Stained concrete is an ideal alternative finish
for interior as well as exterior concrete surfaces. Its
cost-effective, durable and available in a variety of shades and
combinations. When a clear sealer is applied the finished product
can turn a concrete slab into a beautiful marble-like floor in
a short amount of time.
Stained concrete is being used most often in contemporary
residential environments as well as commercial office buildings
and restaurants. Outdoor environments such as driveways, patios
and sidewalks are also ideal locations to display an attractive
stain. Most importantly, this surface is resistant to spills,
does not need vacuuming and can provide a glossy showpiece to
enhance the aesthetic value of any home or business.
7. What is floor joint caulking and why is it
Floor joint caulking is useful in heavy traffic
areas where machinery can cause spalling of the joints. Spalling
is the chipping of unprotected joint edges usually from wheel
traffic. Joint filler is typically elastic or rigid (depending
on the environment) material that can be applied manually or with
a caulking machine. Dry time is approximately 12 hours (this may
varify depending on the material). An added benefit to joint caulking
is to prevent moisture or chemicals from penetrating below the
- Concrete construction & control joints
- Crack filler repair for old floors
- Industrial and commercial floors
- Interior applications
8. What is "dustproofing"?
Dusting occurs on untreated or "unsealed"
concrete. It is where the exposed sediment of the concrete surface
is exposed and detaches creating dust which is time consuming
and expensive to clean up. Unsealed concrete is more porous which
facilitates dusting and can cause problems if with mechanical
equipment if perpetuated. Therefore, dustproofing is the process
where an acrylic sealer (or chemical hardener) is applied to prevent
dusting. By tightening the surface and reducing porosity the sediment
bonds better to the surface and ultimately protects the integrity
of the surface - while also having the benefit of alleviating
9. What is this new driveway service you advertise?
"Drive-weeds" are those pesky weeds
that grow in the slab joints on your driveway. Many pest control
manufacturers spend millions on R&D and sell numerous weed
killers to fight these. Well, Clean and Seal can solve this problem
once and for all without any pesticides! Clean and Seal now offers
a service that will not only alleviate these weeds from ever returning
but includes moisture protection for your driveway to potentially
save you thousands on you home investment.
Most houses even new houses - are constructed
with wood planks in the joints of the driveway slabs. They are
there to enable movement and prevent cracking in your driveway.
However, they are a temporary solution to a greater problem.
Eventually, these planks pop up or rot away allowing
ants and "drive-weeds" to appear and pose a greater
threat of allowing moisture (rainwater) to seep beneath the slab
causing foundation cracks.
Clean and Seal now offers a cost-effective solution
to solve these issues and potentially save you thousands in driveway
repair. By using an expandable material that allows movement of
the slab we are able to remove those wood planks, remove all dirt
and debris and seal the slab joints.
Please contact us at 713-686-8500 or submit
a bid request to inquire about your driveway or garage and
how Clean and Seal can beautify your home!