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Floor Cemcretes

1.) Floor 

1.1) Floor Finishes

1.1.1) Colour Hardener

What is colour hardener?
A granolithic concrete material that is floated into fresh screed or concrete which colours, strengthens
and creates durable surfaces for the concrete floors. It is a special blend of cement incorporating very hard-wearing
aggregates, lightfast pigments and effective which set rock-hard.

Benefits

  • Can be used for interior & exterior floors
  • Suitable for domestic or commercial projects
  • Colours concrete to a depth of 2-3mm – No risk of colour being rubbed off or abraded
  • Extremely durable (but is dependent on screed mix and curing)
  • Can be used in conjunction with SuperScreed (10-20mm) where there are height restrictions
  • Can be imprinted with patterns

Specifications

Suitable Surfaces
Interior & exterior concrete or screed base
Finish
Steel trowel to a smooth finish
Textured, stamped or rolled to obtain different tiled or paved effects
Thickness
Depending on screed design – colour penetrates 2-3mm into the screed
Application
Sprinkle-on and trowelled
Packaging
20kg bags
Coverage
Approximately 5m² per 20kg bag
Curing
Leave to air cure for 1 day after completion
Damp down with water twice daily for 4 days
Allow drying for a minimum of 14 days before sealing
Colour/s
Available in 15 colours

1.1.2) Cretecote

What is Cretecote?
A coloured, thin film cement-based floor covering which is versatile and durable. It is a two coat system which produces a 1.6mm smooth decorative finish ideal for internal domestic renovations. Comes complete with powder and catalyst as a twin pack.

Benefits

  • Thin skim-on coating for renovations
  • Interior use only
  • Application with a steel trowel
  • Versatile application – can be used to coat counters & vanities
  • Reaches a compressive strength of 35MPa after 28 days (this is solely dependent on the substrate)

Specifications

Suitable Surfaces
Wood or steel floated concrete floor slabs or screed
New surfaces should be allowed to cure for at least 28 days
Tiles – as long as the necessary preparation steps are followed to ensure adhesion. Refer to coating over tiles datasheet.
Finish
Smooth
Thickness
1.6mm (maximum 0.8mm per coat – 2 coat application)
Application
Sponge & trowel-on 
Packaging
15kg twin-pack drum
Coverage
8-10m² per 15kg drum
Curing
The completed work should be allowed to air cure for 24 hours after application, before mist spraying the entire floor evenly at least twice during the day thereafter
Thereafter leave approximately 48 hours before sealing
The moisture in the floor must be less than 5% prior to sealing
Colour/s
Available in 11 colours

 

1.1.3) Cretestain

What is Createstain?
An acid-based mixture containing special chemicals which reacts with the OPC in cement/concrete and permanently colours the surface.

Benefits

  • Easy application with brush, roller, sponge or spray canister
  • Stains any OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) based surface permanently
  • Economical application which cannot peel or flake
  • Produces and enhances mottling
  • For use on floors, walls and counters 
  • Suitable for interior and exterior use (however Blue is not UV stable and may fade if used exteriorly)
  • CreteStain can be diluted with water if lighter shading is required

Specifications

Suitable Surfaces
Any OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) based surface
Newly placed concrete must be cured for at least 14 days prior to application
Finish
Does not change the finish of a surface, only stains it. Will however enhance mottling
Thickness
Adds no thickness to a surface
Application
Brush-on, roll-on, sponge-on, spray-on 
Packaging
125ml, 1 litre and 25 litre containers
Coverage
Approximately 8m²/litre/coat
Curing
All reacted residue must be removed by flushing thoroughly with water after a minimum of 4 hours
Colour/s
Available in 10 colours

 

1.2) Floor Preparation Products

1.2.1) Floor Primer

What is concrete floor primer?
To be used on wood floated (rough) and porous surfaces, ensuring a good bond onto the substate. Dense impervious surfaces should be grinded to expose the surface pores and to create a relatively flat and level surface.

Benefits

  • It is used to reduce substrate porosity
  • Ensures a good bond with the substrate being  coated


Specifications

Suitable Surfaces
Wood floated (rough) and porous floor surfaces
Finish
N/A
Thickness
N/A
Application
Brush-on, sponge-on or roll-on
Packaging
5 & 20 litre containers
Coverage
Varies depending on the surface porosity, but is usually approximately 5m² per litre
Curing
± 1 Hour bonding  time
± 4 Hours for initial set, depending on weather
Needs to air cure for at least 12 hours
Colour/s
Milky white in the liquid form

 

1.2.2) Primercote

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What is Primercote?
Specially designed textured substrate coating used in combination with Cemcrete’s FlexBond to bond new screeds to existing surfaces.


Benefits

  • No dilution required, but need to be mixed with Cemcrete’s FlexBond
  • Will ensure screed adheres to substrate


Specifications

Suitable Surfaces

Interior and exterior concrete surfaces

Finish

N/A

Thickness

Maximum thickness at application – 0.8mm-1mm as a slush coat
Maximum thickness at application – 5mm as filler

Application

Brush-on

Packaging

5kg drums

Coverage

Approximately 10-15m² per 5kg drum
Can vary depending on the porosity and texture of the surface

Curing

Initial set – 45-60 minutes depending on temperature

Colour/s

Grey

1.2.3) Superscreed

What is Superscreed?
A 10-20mm high-strength, shrinkage compensated single pack granolithic type screed mix.

Benefits

  • Can be used where height restrictions don’t allow for a standard screed
  • Can be used in conjunction with Colour Hardener to achieve a coloured cement floor finish
  • Can be used for rectifying imperfections in floor surfaces
  • To provide a suitable surface for micro coatings, Cemcrete’s CreteCote, tile, carpets and wooden flooring
  • Supplied in a single bag (cement component bagged separately in the same bag)


Specifications

Suitable Surfaces
New and old concrete surfaces that are at least 28 days old
Appropriate surface preparation is essential 
Finish
Steel trowel to a smooth finish
Textured, stamped or rolled to obtain different tiled or paved effects
Thickness
10-20mm
Application
Wood floated or steel trowel
Packaging
40kg bags
Coverage
Approximately 0.9m² when applied at 10mm thick
Curing
Cure the floor with a fine mist spray for the next 3 days to ensure limited water loss
Final cure after 28 days
Colour/s
One colour only – Grey

 

GENERAL MAINTENANCE TIPS

Here are some tips to make your Cemcrete floors as easy to maintain as possible:

  1. Sweep away dirt and debris daily. Remove spills immediately.
  2. For routine all-over cleaning, use a damp (not wet) mop with Cemcrete’s CreteCare Mop & Shine diluted with water. It is always deemed a good practice to change the water from  room to room.
  3. For larger floors, the use of a floor polisher, in conjunction with Cemcrete’s CreteCare Mop & Shine and/or CreteCare Polish, is preferable with the correct floor pads.  Red – Mild scrub; White – Buff.
  4. Do not use harsh chemicals to clean your floor. No ammonia based products or bleach.
  5. Exterior floors require occasional pressure washing or scrubbing with a mild detergent.
  6. In areas of heavy traffic, such as entrances and foyers, reduce maintenance and wear and tear by using floor mats (no rubber backing), both inside and outside of the entryways.
  7. Felt pads should be affixed to all furnishings.
  8. Use Cemcrete’s CreteCare Polish to further protect the sealer. Every 6 months or so depending on wear and tear (interiors only).

We recommend resealing your Cemcrete floor to keep it protected. How often floors need to be resealed is dependent upon several factors; the type of sealer used and the amount of vehicle or foot traffic the floor is exposed to. If you have a high amount of foot traffic or perhaps severe weather conditions (for exterior floors), you may experience a shorter lifespan. Use Cemcrete’s Floor Polish Stripper before resealing. If you used polish on your floors, remove the layers of polish with Cemcrete’s Floor Polish Stripper and then apply polish again.

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