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FloroCrete Industrial Flooring – Successful Mixing

Food and Beverage Processing Plant with USDA FlooringFloroCrete Cementitious Urethane is a family of high performance systems with multiple applications.  The products are installed in food and beverage processing plants, commercial kitchens and heavy-duty manufacturing facilities.

These versatile concrete coatings are also employed as part of the FloroProof moisture mitigation system.  Needless to say, FloroCrete is one very popular series of concrete coatings!

Tips & Tricks

Let’s review how FloroCrete’s 3 basic components interact with one another during the mixing process, how to blend them correctly, and what to avoid.

For that, we turn to Tom Lux, Florock Tech Manager:

    • When mixing FloroCrete, the tech data sheets instruct to first blend Components A & C.  
    • As you mix these 2 components with your double auger drill, single auger drill or mud mixer, the water in Component A gets extracted and incorporated by the Portland Cement content of Component C. 
    • The goal is to get all the water “used up”.  This can take from 30 – 180 seconds, depending upon your batch size and your mixing tool. 

Mixing FloroCrete SLX vs. FloroCrete RT & HD:

    • Of the different FloroCrete products, SLX can take the longest time to blend properly.
    • As a spreadable slurry, SLX’s Component C possesses proportionately more fine powders and less of the larger, inert aggregate, as seen in the stiffer FloroCrete RT and HD formulations.  
    • The larger aggregate in FloroCrete RT and HD acts almost like a sand mill during the mixing process – it assists in achieving a thoroughly uniform blend.
    • Without the help of the larger aggregate, proper blending of the fine powders in FloroCrete SLX can require a bit more mixing time and attention to detail.

Commercial Kitchen Seamless USDA Flooring by FlorockIt’s Ready When . . .

    • You know you’ve properly mixed FloroCrete Components A & C only when you see a completely homogeneous mix.  
    • For FloroCrete RT & HD, the Component A & C mix should have a uniform appearance throughout the container.  
    • For FloroCrete SLX, the Component A & C mix should look consistently smooth and creamy throughout.

Haste Makes Waste

What happens if you rush the mixing process of FloroCrete Industrial Coatings?

    • Adding Component B to an inadequately blended mix of Components A & C will get trouble a-brewin’ –  literally.
    • The isocyanate in the Component B polyol will react with the remaining “unused water” in the mix.  Yup, you’ll have yourself an accelerated chemical reaction!
    • The material in your container will start to kick over, thicken and even bubble.
    • Proper installation of the material at this point will be nearly impossible.

Smooth Sailing

The quick tip?  Time is on your side when blending Components A & C.  So, if in doubt, keep the mixing tool running!

Remember, only when blended FloroCrete Components A & C demonstrate a uniform appearance throughout the mixing container, should Component B be added.

You’ll then be assured of the easy handling and smooth installation you’ve come to expect with FloroCrete and other Florock industrial flooring products!

Questions or Comments?

Simply contact your regional Florock Representative.  To find the one nearest you, please email us or call us at 1-800-FLOROCK (356-7625) from within the U.S., or 001-773-376-7132 if outside the country.  Your input counts!

 

 

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