Floor preservation

MAVRO has been an expert in the field of floor preservation for years
Reducing degradation
High quality and durable
Protected against heavy load
Floor preservation

Vloerconservering

MAVRO has been an expert in the field of floor preservation for years. Floor preservation can be divided into two types: floor coatings and floor impregnation. Both forms of floor preservation have the same goal, protecting your floor for as long as possible against the daily load that a floor has to deal with. This page answers all your questions about floor coatings and cast floors:

  • How do I apply floor coatings?
  • How much floor coating do I need?
  • What type of floor coating should I use?
  • How do I pre-treat a floor?
  • What is the difference between a floor coating and a cast floor?

A floor coating or cast floor is a (thin) protective layer that is applied over a (concrete) floor. The floor becomes completely seamless and liquid-tight. The application of a floor coating gives floors a smooth appearance and makes the floor resistant to chemical and mechanical load such as in warehouses, parking garages, DIY stores, laboratories and shops. MAVRO’s floor coatings are part of our product line with high-quality building chemicals: MAVROX™.

What is the difference between a floor coating and a cast floor?

There are a number of important differences between a floor coating and a cast floor. The difference is mainly in the chemical and mechanical load that they can withstand. The most important properties are listed below:

Properties floor coating
  • Smooth finish if properly pre-treated and applied
  • Easy to apply with paint rollers
  • Layer thickness about 0.5 mm
  • Inexpensive
  • Suitable for light to medium loads in, for example, warehouses, shops, parking garages and workshops, but also private applications such as sheds and garages
Properties cast floor
  • Smooth finish due to self-levelling effect and filling capacity
  • Moisture proof
  • Layer thickness about 2.0 mm
  • More expensive
  • Suitable for heavy chemical and mechanical loads in heavy industrial applications such as laboratories, factories and production areas

MAVROX™ ™ floor coatings and cast floors

With MAVROX™ floor coatings and cast floors, our technical consultants can advise a suitable floor system for every application. Which system is most suitable for your application depends on several factors. Does the floor have to withstand light mechanical loads such as foot traffic in hardware stores? Should the floor be able to withstand heavier mechanical load from, for example, cars and forklifts in logistics centres? Or are you looking for a mechanically and chemically resistant floor system with an anti-slip finish for the food industry or chemical industry? Of course, in addition to industrial applications, it is also possible to create a modern and sleek design floor for a luxury kitchen or living room.

To keep things accessible for you as a customer, the MAVROX™ floor coatings are divided into a number of standard systems. A floor system is a combination of 2 or more coating layers which provide optimal properties. Based on the schematic drawings you can easily see what properties the floor system has, how the layer build-up is and how much product you need.

2 layers MAVROX™ EP COATING 2C (satin / satin matt)
Consumption approx. 200 grams per m2 per layer

  • Light walking and driving load
  • Most economical choice
  • Improve chemical resistance
  • Warehouses, garages, workshops, hardware stores, shops

2 layers MAVROX™ EP ROLLCOAT 2C
Consumption first layer approx. 300 gram per m2
Consumption second layer depends on the desired layer thickness, 300-1000 grams per m2

  • Intensive walking and driving load
  • Higher chemical load
  • Parking garages, warehouses, workshops

 

 

1 layer MAVROX™ EP CASTCOAT 2C (scratch coat)
Consumption depends on the flatness of the substrate 300-500 grams per m2
1 layer MAVROX™ EP COATING 2C (satin)
Consumption approx. 200 gram per m2

  • Intensive walking and driving load
  • Smooth and sleek finish by applying the scratch coat
  • Higher chemical load
  • Parking garages, warehouses, workshops

 

 

 

1 layer MAVROX™ EP REPAIR PRIMER 2C (adhesive coat)
Consumption approx. 250 gram per m2
1 layer MAVROX™ EP CAST FLOOR 3C (scratch coat)
Consumption depends on the flatness of the substrate 300-500 grams per m2
1 layer MAVROX™ EP CAST FLOOR 3C (casting layer)
Consumption approx. 3500 gram per m2

  • Highly resistant both mechanically and chemically
  • Seamless, hygienic & very durable
  • Laboratories, Production areas, Cleanrooms

 

 

 

It is also possible to sprinkle the MAVROX™ floor with a grain to make the floor anti-slip. Depending on the grain size used, the floor gets a certain slip resistance. The slip resistance is expressed with an R-value where a high R-value is a stronger anti-slip effect.

1 layer MAVROX™ EP ROLLCOAT 2C
Consumption first layer approx. 300 gram per m2

Immediately after applying the first layer, sprinkle with quartz in the desired grain size:
0,1 – 0,5 mm (R12)
0,3 – 0,8 mm (R13)
0,6 – 1,2 mm (R13)

1 layer MAVROX™ EP ROLLCOAT 2C
Consumption depends on the used grain size:
0,1 – 0,5 mm: consumption approx. 600 gram per m2
0,3 – 0,8 mm: consumption approx. 750 gram per m2
0,6 – 1,2 mm: consumption approx. 900 gram per m2

  • Intensive walking and driving load
  • Higher chemical load
  • Strong anti-slip, even in damp / wet conditions
  • Parking garages, warehouses, workshops

 

How do you apply a floor system?

Installing a floor system (floor coating or cast floor) is not difficult and as long as the correct preparations are made, anyone can do it. This page describes which steps must be followed before you get started with the application of the floor coating or cast floor.

Before you start with the pre-treatment, it is important to know what type of floor you are dealing with. Concrete floors are common, but especially in new construction you will also encounter softer floor types such as cement screeds and anhydrite. It is important that concrete floors are at least 28 days old before they are treated.

Does the floor have an existing coat of paint? Then inspect it thoroughly: is the paint layer still completely intact or is it damaged? In most cases it is best to completely remove old paint layers. Read more about how to deal with existing paint layers here.

It is also possible to apply a floor coating over tile floors, follow the step-by-step plan for coating tile floors.

The inspection also includes determining the surface area in m2. You can calculate how much of each product you need based on the surface. The consumption of each product is different and can be found in the Technical data sheet (TDS). Always have enough material to avoid running out of material halfway through the project.

It is very important that the floor is thoroughly cleaned and degreased. Pay extra attention to stubborn oil or grease stains and then clean the entire floor again. Cleaning is done with a powerful alkaline cleaner such as UNICLEAN LOW FOAMING. After cleaning, the floor must be rinsed with water and it is best to remove the excess water with a wet vacuum cleaner.

To get a smooth and durable result, it is important that holes and cracks are repaired. You should preferably do this before sanding because it makes the repair less visible in the end result.

You can repair holes and cracks in the floor with MAVROX™ EP REPAIR MORTAR 2C. Are the damages very big? First apply MAVROX™ EP REPAIR PRIMER 2C using a brush in the crack or hole. You can apply the repair mortar directly into the wet primer layer. This ensures that the filler adheres well.

Thoroughly roughening the floor is important to get good adhesion. Sanding a real concrete floor must be done with a diamond sander. Softer floor types can be sanded with grain 80 or 100 and should not be done using a diamond sander. You can rent a (diamond) sander from most tool rental companies.

If the floor is heavily soiled, you can also use sand-blasting techniques. Blasting removes the first few millimeters of the top layer, making the concrete floor look like new again. Blasting is also a good alternative to diamond sanding for very large surfaces. Blasting is generally performed by a professional.

After sanding or blasting, the floor must be completely dust-free. After all, you want the coating to adhere to the substrate and not to the dust. You can easily remove dust by vacuuming.

Before applying a floor coating or cast floor it is important to collect the right tools and materials. Depending on the floor system that is being applied, you will need the following materials:

  • Spike shoes (to walk on the still wet epoxy floor)
  • Electric drill with paint mixer attachment
  • Telescopic handle
  • Short-haired, lint-free rollers (for applying floor coatings) Use 18 or 25 cm rollers to apply the coating and use a 70 cm roller for re-rolling the coating to avoid roller tracks.
  • Floor trowel or squeegee (for applying self-leveling floors and scraping layers)
  • Prick roller / de-aeration roller (for re-rolling resin floors)
  • Flat trowel (for applying scraping layers)
  • Disposable brushes for corners and edge
  • Masking tape
  • Square bucket
  • (optional) anti-slip grain for spreading the coating

Good rollers have a great effect on the appearance of the coating. Use a new roller for each layer, rinsing them out is not possible with 2-component coatings and is bad for the environment.

Safety obviously applies when applying floor coatings. MAVROX™ floor coating and cast floors are all water-based or solvent-free. However, careless use of the products can cause skin and eye irritation. With 2- or 3-component products, it is often the hardener that provides the odour, vapor and any irritations. Always work carefully and prevent your skin and eyes from coming into contact with the products. Always wear work clothes, nitrile gloves and safety glasses. In addition, ensure adequate ventilation, which is not only safe for the user, but also ensures that the floor coating dries faster.

It is important that paint residues do not end up in the environment. Do not rinse rollers and tools in the sink. Paint waste must be disposed of as small chemical waste, even if it has dried.

When in doubt, always consult the safety data sheet (SDS) or our R&D department.

When all preparations have been made, you can start application of the floor system. Follow the procedure described in the technical data sheet (TDS) to apply the MAVROX™ products. In the TDS you will find all important data about each product such as consumption, drying time and application conditions.

Below are shortcuts to each product information sheet:

MAVROX™ EP COATING 2C

MAVROX™ EP TOPCOAT 

MAVROX™ CONCRETE PRIMER

MAVROX™ PU TOPCOAT 1C

MAVROX™ EP TILEPRIMER 2C

MAVROX™ EP ROLLCOAT 2C

MAVROX™ EP CASTCOAT 2C

MAVROX™ EP CAST FLOOR 3C

MAVROX™ EP SCRATCH COAT 2C

MAVROX™ EP GROUT 2C

MAVROX™ EP REPAIR PRIMER 2C

MAVROX™ EP REPAIR MORTAR 2C

 

[gtranslate]