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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Question

I am in a dispute over waxing a concrete floor in an institutional setting where there is always a water issue, either standing, or drains backing with laundry detergent in them. I think it would create a slips trips and fall hazard and become economically ill advised any suggestions on where to find information to back up my issue.


Answer

I would seriously doubt that a wet concrete floor, in constant use, will ever get dry enough to allow a floor finish to adhere, let alone dry properly.
If you can get the floor dry, which will take days, a penetrating sealer would go down without leaving a slippery surface. Any smooth surface will, as you suspect, be a cause for concern with detergent suds under foot.
I would talk with my floor finish supplier for verification of what will happen when you attempt this.
Lynn E. Krafft, ATEX/ICAN Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com