Waterproof Concrete Floors
Here is a how-to guide for waterproofing concrete in commercial buildings using KwikBond’s concrete sealer. This product is designed to provide a barrier that prevents water from penetrating the concrete.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- KwikBond’s Concrete Sealer
- Roller, brush, or sprayer for application (as recommended by manufacturer)
- Bucket for mixing (if necessary)
- Protective gloves
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask or respirator (if working in enclosed areas)
Step 1 – Safety First:
Always start by wearing your safety gear, including protective gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask or respirator if you’re working in an enclosed area.
Step 2 – Inspect the Surface:
Before starting the waterproofing process, inspect the concrete surface for cracks, scaling, or any signs of damage. If there are significant damages, these should be repaired using appropriate concrete repair products before applying the sealer.
Step 3 – Clean the Surface:
The surface needs to be clean and dry for the sealer to bond effectively. Remove any dirt, grease, or loose particles. You can use a pressure washer or a wire brush for this, and then allow the surface to dry completely.
Step 4 – Prepare the Sealer:
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prepare the KwikBond concrete sealer. Some products might require mixing before application.
Step 5 – Apply the Sealer:
Using a roller, brush, or sprayer (as recommended by the manufacturer), apply the KwikBond concrete sealer to the concrete surface. Make sure to cover the entire surface uniformly.
Step 6 – Allow to Dry:
Allow the first coat of sealer to dry. The drying time will depend on the specific product and environmental conditions.
Step 7 – Apply a Second Coat (If Necessary):
Depending on the product and the extent of water infiltration, you may need to apply a second coat of sealer. If so, apply it after the first coat has completely dried.
Step 8 – Let it Cure:
Once you’ve applied the final coat, allow the sealer to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions. During this time, the area should be kept dry and free from traffic.
Step 9 – Clean Up:
Clean your tools and properly dispose of any waste in compliance with local regulations.
Regular application of a sealer can significantly increase the lifespan of concrete by protecting it from water infiltration, weather conditions, and wear. Ensure you follow all manufacturer recommendations to get the best results from KwikBond’s concrete sealer.
Contact KwikBond at (631) 298-6300 to learn more.