Tips for Those New to Concrete Floor Grinding

Concrete floor grinding is a tedious task that requires lots of attention to detail. If you’re just starting out, it’s very common to come across an obstacle that you don’t know how to overcome. By being prepared and educated on the subject, you will be ready to efficiently troubleshoot any issues that you may be having.

Here is a list of the top 7 tips we’ve identified for concrete floor grinding in Vancouver:

1. Choose the right diamond tooling

Selecting the proper diamond tooling for your floor is key. The appropriate bond hardness for the tooling is unique to every floor. If you don’t pay attention when selecting the tooling, it will often either glaze over or permanently wear out. If you make the correct tooling decision in the first place, you will be saved from spending a lot of time and money.

2. Use sand

By spreading a small amount of sand on the slab before you start grinding, the extra grit will help expose diamond segments on the tooling and provide more abrasion. This technique is especially useful if you come to a spot where a sticky residue is left on the surface.

3. Reverse the direction on your grinder

In order to maximize the lifetime of a multi-directional grinder, be sure to occasionally reverse the direction of the spinning head. This will re-open your diamond tooling and prevent scratches and inconsistent wear patterns on your concrete grinder.

4. Revive a “dead” tool

Older tools will often glaze over and become ineffective. To re-open the diamonds, use the tool on a newer section of concrete. This way, you will be able to get a longer lifespan out of your materials.

5. Pre-soak the slab

Diamond tooling works most effectively at lower temperatures. When working in warmer environments, like Vancouver in the summer, a good idea is to wet the slab before grinding. This will lower the surface temperature of the slab, meaning lower working temperatures for the tooling.

6. Let dust collect

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to let dust collect under the grinder by limiting the power of the dust collector. By doing so, some particles can help open the diamond tooling. Additionally, if there is any sticky residue on the slab, dust can settle onto the adhesive and make it less sticky, keeping tooling clean.

7. Prepare the floor for grinding with other equipment

Using other equipment to better prepare the floor for grinding can be very effective. By using a floor scraper, any residue that is on the floor will be removed. Without this residue, the grinder and tooling will be able to function in the most efficient way possible, saving time and money.

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