Friday, 18 September 2015

How to do Effective Concrete Grinding by Yourself

Concrete grinding can be done by various ways and it depends on your floor surface and nature of grinding to be used. The manual hand-made concrete grinding can charge you less and it is a basic grinding process which can cover your surface with cement or slab. The other way for grinding is diamond polishing and it is very popular in the commercial places and in shopping malls because the reflection of shining glaze of this diamond grinding is very attractive. But this grinding is quite costly and each of the grinding processes charges you as per the square feet and the present nature of your floor. Concrete, even in its most decorative, modern forms, is a durable material that’s low maintenance. However, you still need to work on it from time to time in order to keep its shine and luster. Concrete grinding, when done properly, can help you achieve that.

The DIY system of concrete grinding:

  • Play sand acts as a superb abrasive material in the concrete grinding process. Over time, cutting tools can heat up, refusing to produce anymore debris. If that happens, throw down some play sand. The play sand will give the tools the necessary debris. Thus, the swollen up matrix of diamonds will give way to the next set of diamonds, allowing you to get on with the task.
  • Use the ‘rotation’ button your grinding machine to produce faster and more effective results. Rotating your machine helps cool the diamonds, thus helping you to prolong the life of your tools. Rotating the machine is also helpful when grinding soft concrete. Soft concrete can often lead to wear and tear on the edge of the tools. Rotating the machine minimizes such wear and tear.
  • In order to aid your concrete grinding process, it is a good idea to presoak a hard-trowel slab. Presoaking a hard slab minimizes the surface tension of the slab, which allows you to easily bring dust and small aggregates to the surface. Thus, the starting of your concrete grinding process gets a lot easier. Presoaking the slab also helps your tools stay cooler for a lot longer. Thus, the diamond matrix in your tools is unlikely to swell too fast, resulting into faster cutting and grinding.
  • When you do wet concrete grinding using a transition tool, it is important that you keep the water and air channels open at all times. Open water channels give the debris a convenient path to escape. They also help to maintain the temperature of your tools. Even with wet concrete grinding, the temperature of your tools can rise, if debris clogs the water channels. This can result in improper performance.

Presoak your carpet adhesives

When using adhesives in the concrete grinding process, make sure you presoak them. Presoaking helps in easy removal of adhesives, since when they are soaked, they swell. Swelling allows them to debone from the surface easily, thus resulting in easy removal. However, when you presoak, make sure you don’t use too much water. Using too much water can make the adhesives spread on your concrete, resulting in removal problems.

Also, presoaking works with white and yellow type adhesives only. If your adhesives are green or blue in color, water won’t work on them, since they are most likely epoxy adhesives. In order to remove such adhesives you can use play-sand. 

If you follow the above-mentioned tips when grinding concrete, the task shouldn’t be that hard to accomplish. Concrete grinding is the best way to restore concrete flooring. And given that concrete is in vogue, it could be a brilliant way to renovate your home without spending too much. However, once you are done with the grinding process, make sure you keep your concrete floor clean and free from debris to ensure a long life. Regular cleaning with plain water should get the job done.

These are the DIY tips for effective concrete grinding. Go through this link if are looking for more tips to make it effective.

 

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