Faber Concrete Hardener Review
Polishing concrete floors makes them easier to maintain in the long haul, and will keep your installation looking good over the years. Risks of damages from scratching and the heavy wear that the floors are exposed to are drastically cut down, and even the cleaning process becomes easier. Then there is the beauty. Whether it is at home or in business premises, the polished concrete flooring accentuates the interior space. However, getting to that result can be a pain-staking endeavour, due to the loads of time, effort, and resources that go into the task. The laborious mechanical polishing, lengthy drying times as you wait for the water that has been absorbed to evaporate, intense friction that wears down the tools used- it can take a toll. The Faber Concrete Hardener comes in to make things much easier.
Benefits Of The Faber Concrete Hardener
- Protects the concrete
Moisture problems with concrete are numerous. Take rising damp for instance. Groundwater passing through the concrete via capillary action is a threat to its structural integrity. This is exacerbated by cases of freeze and thaw cycles that are witnessed with climatic changes, weakening the material. With the rising damp, there’ll still be issues like staining on the wallpaper and the interior finishes, ruining their aesthetic appeal. Then there is the issue of the ground salts that are dissolved in the water. As the water evaporates on the surface of the concentre, these are left behind. Pealing of the plaster-work, efflorescence, deterioration of the paint, all through to watertide marks- these are not a fate you want for your installation. The accumulating salts, can reach to levels of causing damage to the surface. Incorporating the Faber Concrete Hardener into the floor treatment process protects from these issues, since it is a high-performance water repellent. It penetrates deep into the subfloor, and forming a hardened seal that preserves the beauty and structural integrity of your installation.
- Expedite the polishing process
The high capacity of concrete floor to absorb the water used during polishing to lubricate the machinery can make the process take ages, as you wait for it to dry. The water-repellent nature of the Faber Concrete Hardener treatment accelerates the drying time that is involved during the mechanical polishing process. That way, you are able to proceed more quickly to the later treatment stages, applying the finishes of your choice. What’s more, the Faber Concrete Hardener reduces the wear of the polishing tools, and you are able to work on larger surface areas within a shorter time. As a welcome bonus, it also reduces that amount of water that is required for the task, enabling you to save on resources. Treating surfaces with the Faber Concrete Hardener can also precede the laying of tiles or slabs.
- Safe application
This is a water-based formulation that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds). As such, the Faber Concrete Hardener preserves the indoor air quality of the premises, and doesn’t put the persons on it at risk. What’s more, it is an environmentally-friendly formulation, allowing you to achieve your surface care needs and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
- Increased performance
The Faber Concrete Hardener also enhances the results witnessed with the polishing grain that is used. It even goes to further increase the effectiveness of the stain-proofing formulation that will be applied at the latter stages of the floor treatment, giving you more bang for your buck. By penetrating deep into the structure, you won’t have to worry about surface film being left behind, and the Faber Concrete Hardener also preserves the breathability, and original appearance of the floors being worked on.
- Easy to use
The application process itself is simple. Using a brush, roller or lambswool applicator, spread an even layer of the formulation over the sanded surface, and allow it at least 4 hours of drying time, before continuing with the rest of the polishing process. The product comes ready-to-use, hence no dilution is needed. For the particularly absorbent surfaces, two coats of the Faber Concrete Hardener may need to be applied.
At which point exactly does it fit into the polishing process? Well, the Faber Concrete Hardener is applied after the sanding has been done with grain sizes 200 to 400. One then treats the surface with the product, and resumes the polishing with the grain size that is to follow. This is done up to 800 grain, after which you can then apply the finishing polishes. With the traditional mechanical polishing, you would have needed to provide to the finer grains of 1500 to 3000, but the Faber Concrete Hardener enables you to have this done early on. Some issues to take note of include:
- The concrete itself should have already dried and completely cured before you can apply the product.
- The Faber Concrete Hardener is applied on clean and dry surfaces. In order to speed things up, it is recommended that the initial sanding is performed dry, that way you won’t have to wait before applying the hardener. However, in case the sanding was performed with water being involved, wait for 1 to 2 days before applying the Faber Concrete Hardener.
- You can still cut down this drying time by applying the product before you begin using the first grains during the mechanical polishing, as it will limit the water absorption, allowing faster drying after the polishing. After the 200/400 grains sizes have been used, reapply the Faber Concrete Hardener.
- Water must be used for the polishing that is done after treating the surface with the Concrete Hardener.
- With matters residue, you don’t need to concentrate on it, if any has been left behind after applying the product and allowing it to cure. This is because the residue bound to be removed during the subsequent polishing.
- Though the minimal waiting period after treating the floor with the Faber Concrete Hardener is 4 hours before you proceed with the successive polishing stages, you can choose to wait it out overnight, and carry on with the task on the following day. This is to ensure that the treatment has spread sufficiently within the structure and cured completely.
- In case you want to enhance the stain-proofing protection of the treated surface, it is recommended that you use products from the same brand that are ideal for the task, such as the Faber B1 700 or the Hidro 150.