If you have some concrete in your home that you need to resurface, here are four things that you are going to want to make sure you do before you start the resurfacing process.
#1 Get Rid Of Any Broken Concrete
If there are areas where the concrete has become severely cracked or broken, you are going to want to remove the broken concrete. Concrete that is broken and damaged will not resurface well. The resurfacing may extend the life of the damaged concrete a bit, but it will not last nearly as long as it should.
#2 Make Repairs To Your Concrete
The next thing you need to do is make repairs to your concrete. If there are small gaps or cracks in your concrete, use a concrete bonding agent to fill in the cracks. Make sure that the newly-filled cracks have had time to dry and cure before you resurface your floors.
If you had to remove damaged concrete, you are going to want to pour new concrete and get it in place before you resurface your floors. Once again, make sure it has time to cure first before you resurface your floors. Putting down new concrete before you resurface will create a more uniform look in the end.
#3 Clean Your Concrete
Third, you need to clean your concrete before you resurface it. If the concrete flooring is located inside of your home, clean the floor off with a mop and some warm, soapy dish water. If the concrete flooring is located outside, you can use your pressure washer or garden hose to clean the concrete off. Be sure to sweep right before the floors are resurfaced as well to get rid of any dust that settled back on the concrete after you cleaned it.
#4 Purchase The Right Products
Finally, you want to make sure that you purchased the right products for cleaning your floor with. To start with, you are going to want to make sure that you purchased a bonding agent to use with the resurfacing mix. The bonding agent usually comes in large gallon containers and has a consistency similar to liquid glue. It will help ensure that your resurfacing job sticks properly to your existing concrete.
Second, make sure that you purchase the right type of coating. Generally, polymer coatings it eh best chose for concrete floors. Polymer coating is able to fill small holes and cracks and create a nice smooth finish.