Floor impregnation

Floor impregnation is an invisible and transparent protective layer for mineral surfaces
Water and oil repellent
High quality and durable
Wear-resistant and dust-free floor
Widely applicable

Floor impregnation

An impregnation agent is a material that penetrates into the substrate and gives specific properties to the substrate. In this case, the treatment of mineral floors. Impregnation of facades is also called hydrophobing and is one of the most common forms of impregnation.

On this page you will learn everything about floor impregnation.

  • What is floor impregnation?
  • How does impregnation work?
  • What types of floor impregnations are available?
  • How do I apply floor impregnation?

What is floor impregnation?

Floor impregnation is an invisible and transparent protective layer for mineral surfaces. By this we mean all types of natural stone, but also artificial stone such as concrete and bricks. In contrast to a floor coating, an impregnation does not seal the surface. The surface retains its natural appearance and is provided with special properties and long-term protection.

Mineral floors can be treated for various reasons, for example to make a floor more wear-resistant and dust-free or to make the floor water- and oil-repellent.

Figuur 1: The difference between a film-forming coating and an impregnation

The solution: Floor impregnation

Some examples where a floor impregnation can provide the solution:

Concrete floors in an industrial environment with heavy traffic such as forklifts and / or unloading trucks have to deal with heavy loads and will release a lot of dust due to wear. This dust is an attack on the health of employees and gives stored goods a neglected and dirty appearance.

Mineral surfaces such as tiles, natural stone, concrete and paving in public spaces or private areas can be damaged repeatedly and for a long time and cause dangerous situations. On a repeatedly and prolonged wet surface, green deposits can form and cause damage to the surface.

A floor can become slippery due to grease and oil, both in public spaces and in private situations and constitute a hazard. In addition, grease and oil have the property that they leave a dark stain that is very difficult to remove on porous surfaces.

Impregnators are almost always water or solvent based liquids. After even application, the liquid absorbs into the pores of the mineral substrate. The more porous the substrate, the deeper the liquid penetrates and the more liquid is needed to completely saturate the substrate.

Once absorbed into the substrate, the water or solvent will evaporate. The solid substance that remains in the substrate will then react with the substrate and adhere. This process significantly extends the life of the impregnating agent.

The invisible network gives the substrate its unique properties. The type of impregnating agent determines which properties the substrate will acquire.

One of the most important properties of an impregnating agent is its water and oil repellent effect. Impregnation lowers the surface tension of the substrate, resulting in this repellent effect. The lower the surface tension, the better and stronger the repellent effect.

Read more about the effect of surface tension?

The MAVRO range contains 5 different floor impregnation products. The products have been specially developed for different situations and are based on different technologies.

FLOORGUARD

The FLOORGUARD is a water-based impregnation agent based on silane / siloxane technology. An impregnated floor will have long-lasting water-repellent properties and therefore have a longer life.

Impregnating a surface makes it easier to clean because (aqueous) pollution cannot penetrate the surface.

FLOORGUARD SB

The FLOORGUARD SB is the solvent-based version of the FLOORGUARD. The operation of the FLOORGUARD SB is the same as that of the FLOORGUARD. A solvent-based impregnation is often used on surfaces that have already been impregnated in the past.

Making the choice between a water-based or a solvent-based product is often a trade-off between time and health. A water-based impregnation is of course better for the environment and better for the health of the user. However, a solvent-based impregnation agent will dry faster and therefore give the desired effect in a shorter time.

FLOORGUARD MINERAL

The FLOORGUARD MINERAL is what is called a dust binder. A surface treated with the FLOORGUARD MINERAL will get a hard and dense top layer that is resistant to wear and is protected against the penetration of moisture and dirt.

Read more about how a dust binder works?

FLOORGUARD FLUOR

The FLOORGUARD FLUOR is a water-based impregnation agent based on fluorine technology. This product therefore provides, in addition to water-repellent properties, also oil-repellent properties.

Surfaces treated with FLOORGUARD FLUOR are hydro- and oleophobic for a long time and are less susceptible to stains because contamination cannot penetrate.

NITOGUARD™ STONE

NITOGUARD™ STONE is a high quality water-based impregnation agent based on fluorine technology. The high-quality C6 fluoropolymers ensure that surfaces have extremely water and oil-repellent properties. NITOGUARD™ STONE is so repellent that graffiti also has less chance of adhering and surfaces become very stain resistant.

The application of a floor impregnation agent is fairly simple and less labour-intensive than, for example, applying a floor coating.

Make sure the surface is clean, dry and dust-free. It is important that the substrate is absorbent and porous to guarantee a good effect of the impregnation agent. Dense, waterproof surfaces are very difficult or impossible to impregnate.

Application with an impregnation agent is easy with the aid of a floor squeegee or a low-pressure sprayer. Spread the impregnation evenly over the substrate until it is saturated. In most cases it is necessary to apply two coats wet-on-wet. Remove excess liquid to avoid colour-variation and / or white residue.

Read the product information sheet carefully before applying a floor impregnator. Pay attention to the application conditions and drying time.

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